This is the twelfth tutorial in this series of Canadian smocking tutorials. Today we will learn how to stitch this 4 point star 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.
Grid and pattern are drawn on the back side of the fabric.
Here is the graph for the 4 point star design.
Two ends of the red diagonal lines in the pattern will be tied together like show below.
Go back to A and then pull tight and make a knot. This will form a diagonal fold on the fabric. Repeat this for all diagonal lines in the pattern.
Work in progress.
Length and width of fabric required
We know that the smocked piece will be smaller than the oiginal fabric piece. However in this pattern, the fabric will reduce / shrink unevenly. The squares in my grid were 1 inch tall and 1 inch wide. For this grid, the height will reduce by ~ 30% while the width will reduce by ~ 50%. So calculate accordingly and draw the grid. Also don’t forget to allow 5 inches extra on all 4 sides.