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Smocked Angels

LaurasAngels700I love smocking! I began smocking at a young age, ironing on the dots necessary for accurately gathering and embroidering the fabric. In junior high, I was “shirring” the bodice of my dresses. There was no embroidery on the shirring – just shirring to add texture and visual interest to an otherwise plain bodice. By high school, I was gathering gingham fabrics, using their cross hatch designs for guidelines.

After graduating from college I began smocking pleated fabric. I purchased a Pullen Pleater and learned to pleat fabric. I took classes learning how to embroider on pleated fabric, making some gorgeous night gowns and robes. To this day I save them for use in the hospital.

When I purchased my first computerized-sewing/embroidery machine in 1997, Alice Warrier, my Pfaff teacher, taught me how to sew smocking designs on pleated fabric. I made many Christmas balls using this techniqueLauras3Angels400

Now, I share with you some machine embroidery smocking, which does not require a pleater. I know that pleaters are expensive and most sewers don’t have one. Still, you may gather fabric in many ways. With these two smocked angel projects I’ll share with you my favorite method for gathering fabric without a pleater.

My Smocked Angels consists of two designs for smocking angel wings. These are two different size angels. Still, both designs are sewn in the 4x4 (100x100mm) hoop. The illustrated instructions, which are included, show how to make the angel bodies, their wings and, most importantly, how to gather the fabric without a pleater. At the end of the instructions, you’ll find full-sized patterns for the angels and the batting - just print them on standard 8 by 11 paper


The white angel has the smaller wings with the smallest embroidery design.

Whereas the pink and gold angels have the larger wings with the larger embroidery design.

Both size wings fit the 4x4 hoop.

Front View

Back View

Side View




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What's Included

  • 2 Different Machine Embroidery Smocking Designs that fit the 4x4 (100x100mm) hoop
  • Printable Booklet with Illustrated Instructions and Patterns

Booklet Includes

  • 30 pages of instructions with many many photos
  • Full size patterns - Print on regular 8 x 11 paper; Simply cut out, align, and tape together
  • Details about Fabrics, Threads, and Needles Notions Needed
  • How to cut out and use the patterns
  • How to cut out the fabrics for the angel and her wings
  • How to add lace to the edge of her skirt and wings
  • Angel Assembly -how to make her head, body, and halo
  • Optional: Adding a layer of lace to the skirt like my pink angel
  • My favorite way to gather fabric without a pleater
  • Preparing and stabilizing the gathered fabric for embroidering
  • Hooping the gathered fabric
  • Sewing the Smocking Embroidery Designs
  • Creating the wings from the smocked fabric
  • Putting it all together into an angel like mine



Machine formats included: ART, DST, EMD, EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, VIP, VP3 & XXX

Note: not all designs fit all machines.
Some machines cannot accommodate some of the larger designs.

Design sizes are clearly marked. When ordering, be sure to order designs that will fit in your sewing machine hoop.

As with any software, refunds and exchanges will not be made.

Fragile Petals No. 3 Freebie


My Heather Hardanger Angel





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