Finally, something sewing related!
Here are the instructions and smocking plates.
Smocked Easter Egg directions
Pleat 11 full space rows adding a half space row between rows 1 and 2. Use a holding thread that matches your fabric for rows 1 1/2 and 10 as these threads will be permanent.
Leaving 1/2" seam allowance, smock beginning on row 6. Down cable, 1-step trellis up to row 5, up cable, 1-step trellis back down to row 6, 3-step trellis up to row 4, up cable, 3-step trellis back down to row 6, repeat 5 more times for a total of 6 repeats (covers 72 pleats). Do not take final stitch on each row. Removed needle and leave thread tail to join rows when smocking is completed.
Complete remainder of smocking. Remember not to take the final stitch and to leave the thread tail.
Trim fabric to 1/2" along each side of smocking. Prepare holding threads for removal (leave in until construction of the fabric tube is complete) and knot the ends of row 1 1/2 and row 10 so that you do not accidentally remove them. With the thread tails at the end of reach row, join into corresponding stitches at the beginning of the same row.*
This will make a tube of smocked fabric. Tie off stitches on the inside of the tube.
Remove pleating threads, except for row 1 1/2 and row 10. Slide egg into fabric tube.
Trim fabric close to remaining pleating threads.*
Pull threads tightly and tie securely.
Finish ends as desired.
*I found after making several of these, that it is easier is you trim the fabric close to rows 1 1/2 and 10 before constructing the fabric tube.
End finishing techniques
There are several ways to finish the ends. You may glue rosettes, ribbons, buttons, bows, or other decorations on the ends. The yellow egg is finished with fabric yo-yos on each end. The blue and pink eggs are finished with a stitched spider web. You may also attach a thread loop to the small end of the egg so that it can be hung.
Using two strands of floss, make an eight spoked star over the raw edges at one end. Bring the needle back out at the center of the star.
Beginning with the spoke nearest the needle and working counter-clockwise, backstitch over spoke. Move to the next spoke and repeat until all the spokes and raw edges are covered.
Tie off and hide knot under stitches.
Other smocking plates
You can use just about any smocking plate. It should cover no more than 9 rows and be anywhere from 72 to 100 pleats wide. Smocking plate for the yellow egg coming soon.
Blue egg Smocking plate
Creating your own smocking graph using Excel
I found directions here: http://www.southern-stitches.com/excelsmckng.html