This is a technique in Old English Smocking called "Back Smocking". After the dots are pulled up, you embroider (smock) on the tops of the pleats using simple sewing thread to secure the pleats on the wrong side of the garment, thus ensuring a neat appearance and more solidity on the front.
On the right side of the piece I had to choose my own colour scheme and follow the pattern given.
This will eventually become a small needle case. It was a really great beginner class and did brush up my skills. Judith Marquis is a teacher extraordinaire. I highly recommend her. She has many wonderful classes and supplies...
even a pattern for the American Girl Doll and matching little owner dress! I figure the little girl in this picture is old enough that I'll be able to keep ahead of Zoë's growth provided I really focus!
I'll start with the baby bishop in the fall and hopefully Zoë will sport one similar to what her Mummy wore on her first birthday. Inspiration abounds!
Photo Credit: Amberlane and Amberpetites