This is the fourth tutorial in this series of Canadian smocking tutorials. Today we will learn how to stitch the basket weave 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.
Fabric is taped to the floor and grid is drawn.
This is the pattern for basket weave design in Canadian smocking.
Pattern drawn on the fabric on the back side / wrong side.
Two points (ends of the diagonal line) will be tied together.
Pick up a few strands of the fabric at A, do the same at B and come back again to A.
Pull tight and make a knot.
Proceed to the next diagonal line.
Appearance after 2 lines of smocking.
This can easily be converted into a frock. The yoke / bodice will be smocked.
Smocked sampler piece.
Calculating the length and width of fabric required for this design.
The grid of my sampler had 14 rows and 14 columns.
Each square was 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches.
So my grid was 21 inches long and 21 inches wide.
The smocked piece was 10 inches long and 10 inches wide.
A standard cushion is 16 inches by 16 inches.
If the squares in your grid are 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches,
You will need a grid that is (at least 2.1 times) 34 inches long and 34 inches wide.
Allow 5 inches on all sides.
The length and width of the fabric required for a standard cushion cover is 44 inches by 44 inches.