Finished project, 2/2013

by Michele on February 16th, 2013

In my last blog, I finished the honeycomb smocking on either end of the silk piece, then played around with scattering individual honeycombs at intervals, placing the flower beads inside.  I didn’t like the effect with this scarf, so went back to my original plan:  smock two more bands circling the scarf.  Once I got to looking at proportions, I decided to smock only one more band.

Here is the scarf with the three rows of smocking.  I placed the blue flower beads close to the folds at the top of selected honeycombs so they look like they are peeking out of the fold.  They reminded me of forget-me-nots, one of my favorite flowers
As you can see, I stopped the smocking a little more than an inch from each selvage, creating a seam allowance. 
When my mother taught me to sew, she told me to always trim the selvedges and match the fiber content of the thread to the fiber content of the fabric.  Yet, when I looked at the first kimono I bought, I noticed that the selvedges were not trimmed, and that cotton thread was used to sew the silk together.   The selvedges of silk kimono fabric are more likely to stretch than to shrink, I’ve found.  As for using cotton thread, if there is stress on a seam, the cotton thread will break before the silk fabric will tear.

I smocked three rows rather than the traditional four rows on the third band of smocking.  I also inserted the blue flower beads more densely toward the center of the motif.

Here is the back of the smocking.  You honeycomb smock two rows at a time, so you have a vertical travelling thread between the rows.  When I did the three row smocking, the travelling thread went straight across on the third row.

The next step was to sew the scarf into a tube.  I wanted to be sure that the smocking rows lined up, so I basted the scarf together by hand at the three bands.  I then used a zipper foot to sew more closely to the beads, stopping the thread a couple of inches above the end of the smocking.
Here is the finished scarf.

I like the honeycomb smocking at the ends because I can turn the tube scarf inside out to machine wash and tumble dry it. 

This scarf is listed on Etsy at:

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