This will be a two part post. You do not need to know how to 'smock' to make this pillow.
Picture it in red checks or black checks, even blue. Those colors just seem to fit in all decors. Or think Red, White and blue for a patriot set.
Just be sure you have one inch checks.
Honeycomb Stitch - How to
You do not need to write numbers on your fabric, I did this to show the stitch sequence.
This stitch is worked from right to left.
Use three strands of floss and a long needle(milliners)
Come up on the left side of the square no.1- with thread above the needle pick up a small stitch in no.2, left side of square.
Don't pull the needle all the way through stitch and pick up a small stitch in no.1- pull pleat together
Insert needle back in no.2.
Going along the back of the fabric come out at no.3, with thread below needle pick up a small stitch in no.4, not pulling the needle all the way through pick up a small stitch in no.3, pull stitch together, go back in again at stitch no.4.
Come out at stitch 5- repeat across row.
Start on the third square down - repeat the stitch sequence, you will be forming diamonds.
Continue for as many rows as you need.
Go to Part 2