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Canadian Smocking – Tutorial 16 ( Scallops / Arches )

This is the 16th Tutorial in this series of Canadian smocking tutorials. Today we will learn how to stitch the Arches or scallops 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.

Canadian Smocking tutorials - Arches or scallops - step by step pictures and graph

Here is the graph / pattern for this smocking pattern.

Canadian Smocking tutorials - Arches or scallops - step by step pictures and graph

The pattern is drawn on the backside of the fabric. My grid has 1 inch tall and 1 inch wide squares.

Canadian Smocking tutorials - Arches or scallops - step by step pictures and graph

I used regular pencil to draw the grid and red pencils to mark the pattern.

We will be tying together the ends of the red lines. The two blue dots will be tied together. Similarly the two red dots will be tied together.

Canadian Smocking tutorials - Arches or scallops - step by step pictures and graph

Here is how we tie together two points. Pick up a few strands at A.

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Repeat at B.

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Come back to A. Pull together and tie a knot. This will form a fold in the fabric. Repeat for all other red lines.

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Work in progress.

Canadian Smocking tutorials - Arches or scallops - step by step pictures and graph

This is how the backside of the smocked piece looks like.

Canadian Smocking tutorials - Arches or scallops - step by step pictures and graph

Completed work.

Canadian Smocking tutorials - Arches or scallops - step by step pictures and graph

Make the grid size bigger if you want to make a smocked curtain in this pattern.

Canadian Smocking tutorials - Arches or scallops - step by step pictures and graph


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