This is the third tutorial in this series of Canadian smocking tutorials. Today we will learn how to stitch the leaf 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.
Grid is drawn on the back side of the fabric. The squares are 1.5 inches tall and 1.5 inches wide.
Here is the pattern for the Canadian smocking leaf design.
Pattern is drawn on the grid and we are now ready to start smocking. In this design, ends of the diagonal lines are joined together.
Pick up a few strands of the fabric at A, do the same at B and then go back to A.
Pull tight and make a knot. Repeat the same for the next diagonal line as shown below.
First row complete.
Back side will look like this.
Finished look of the sample smocked piece.
Length and width of fabric required for leaf pattern Canadian smocking
In my sampler,the grid was 21 inches by 21 inches (14 rows and 14 columns).
After smocking, the smocked piece measured 14 inches by 14 inches.
Standard cushion size is 16 inches by 16 inches. If the squares in the grid are 1.5 inches tall and 1.5 inches wide, your grid will be 24 inches tall and 24 inches wide and it will have 16 rows and 16 columns.
Allowance on all sides – 5 inches.
Minimum length and width of fabric should be = 34 inches by 34 inches.