This is the tenth tutorial in this series of Canadian smocking tutorials. Today we will learn how to smock squares and octagons.
Tips, tricks and general instructions for Canadian smocking can be found here. If you are new to smocking, reading that blog post first might be helpful.
Fabric taped to floor and pattern is drawn on the back side of the fabric. The grid has 1 inch by 1 inch squares.
Here is the pattern or graph for the squares and octagons design.
In this design, we will smock by joining 4 points of the square to form flowers on the back side of the fabric like shown below.
I am using contrasting thread for demo purposes. Smocking thread’s color should match the color of the fabric.
This is how the front side will look. Don’t worry. It will look a little messy at this time.
The backside of the fabric will look like this.
Notice how in square 1, one side (red circle) is pushed inside. Using your finger, pull it up.
Now we have to stitch together the petals of the flowers.
Stitch together petals with same colored dots.
It will look like this on the backside of the fabric.
After this step, you can see how this particular square has well defined edges compared to other squares.
Work in progress.
Length and width of fabric required
The length and width of the smocked piece was about 33 % lesser than the length and width of the fabric. Don’t forget to add an allowance of at least 5 inches on all 4 sides.