This is the 8th Tutorial in this series of Canadian smocking tutorials. Today we will learn how to stitch the zigzag / chevron pattern.
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.
This is the pattern for the waves design. This pattern is easy to remember.
Fabric taped to the floor. The grid is drawn and then the pattern is drawn on the back side / wrong side of the fabric.
The two ends of the diagonal lines will tied together as shown below.
Go back to A and then pull tight to form a fold in the fabric.
Work in progress.
Length and width of fabric required for zigzag / chevron pattern
As we all know, the size of the finished product will be lesser than the size of the fabric that we start with. I used a grid that had 1 inch by 1 inch squares. As you can see, the waves are tall and narrow. For the above mentioned grid size, the width reduced by 5o% and the height reduced by 33% approximately. This will guide you to calculate the length and width of the fabric required. Always allow at least 5 inches of allowance on all 4 sides just in case.