This is the 21st tutorial in this series of Canadian smocking tutorials. Today we will learn how to stitch this two arrows 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.
Pattern drawn on the back side of the fabric.
Here is the graph for this pattern.
From this graph, we can expect that the fabric will shrink unevenly. The width will reduce more than the height.
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 original fabric piece. However in this pattern, the fabric will reduce / shrink unevenly. The height will reduce by ~ 20% while the width will reduce by ~ 40%. So calculate accordingly and draw the grid. Also don’t forget to allow 5 inches extra on all 4 sides.