This is the fifteenth tutorial in this series of Canadian smocking tutorials. Today I will show how you can stitch the waves 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.
Here is the graph for the waves pattern.
Grid and pattern are draw on the back side of the fabric. The grid has 1 inch by 1 inch squares.
This pattern is smocked by tying together / joining together the two ends of the diagonal lines.
Come back to A as shown below, pull tight and make a knot. This will form a diagonal fold on the fabric. Repeat the same for all diagonal lines.
Work in progress.
This pattern is tricky. It shrinks into a parallelogram.
You can cut the necessary area and use it.
Length and width of the fabric required for this pattern
Since the fabric shrinks into a parallelogram, the amount of fabric required also depends on the area that you will be cutting off.
Based on the graph added above, we can expect that the height of the cloth will shrink lesser than the width of the cloth.
The smocked piece will shrink to about 40% of the width and 60% of the height of the original fabric.