This is the second tutorial in this Canadian smocking tutorial series. The pattern that we will be stitching today is the flower design.
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 the floor.
Drawing the grid.
Important: The grid is drawn on the right side (not backside) of the fabric for this pattern.
The grid has 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches squares.
Here is the pattern for the flower design. The finished product will look nicer if the grid has odd number of rows and columns.
Four corners of the squares that are marked with an X will be tied together.
Fabric ready for smocking.
Since this grid is drawn on the right side of the fabric, use erasable pencils or crayons to draw.
Use thread that matches the fabric closely.
We will be working on one square at a time.
For better clarity, I am going to use a contrasting color thread. Pick up a few strands of the fabric in all the four corners starting at 1.
Now come back to 1 again and pull the thread tight.
When the thread is being pulled, you can see the 4 petals forming.
Place two diagonal stitches like shown below to hold the folds in place.
If interested, you can use beads to hide the knot. Thread the bead through the needle.
Smocked flower with bead.
Once bead is anchored, take the needle down to the backside.
And place another knot there. Now you can go to the next square and repeat the steps.
Length and width of fabric required to make smocked cushion cover
The standard size of a square cushion is 16 inches by 16 inches.
I started with a square grid that was 11 squares by 11 squares.
Each square was 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches.
So my grid was 16.5 inches by 16.5 inches
The smocked piece measured 9 inches by 9 inches.
If your squares are 1.5 inches tall and 1.5 inches wide,
The width and heigth of the fabric should be at least =
16 multiplied by 1.85 = 30 inches (approx)
5 inches allowance on both sides = 10 inches
Total width and height of the fabric = 40 inches.