This is the seventh tutorial in this series of Canadian smocking tutorials. Today I am going to show how to smock my most favorite pattern – Jasmine flowers in a lattice / mesh.
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.
Pretty isn’t it? So let us get started.
Fabric is taped to the floor and the grid is first drawn. Then we draw the pattern. The pattern is drawn on the wrong side of the fabric.
Here is the pattern for flowers on mesh using Canadian smocking.
Why is this design harder than other smocking patterns?
We generally work only on one side of the fabric (either the wrong side or the right side). In this pattern, we will be working on both sides. The flowers (marked with X) will be worked on both sides and the lattice ( marked with / or \ diagonal lines) will be worked on the reverse / back side of the fabric.
I found that it is easier to stitch the flower first and then the diagonal lines that will form the lattice.
To stitch the flower, the four corners of the square will be joined.
Back side will look like this.
Right side of the fabric will have these long straight stitches (shown below).
Then pull the thread tight and make a knot.
You can see the flower forming on the right side of the fabric.
Now pinch the petals together (two on each side) and place two diagonal stitches to anchor the petals.
Place another diagonal stitch to anchor the petals.
Since this involves some stitching on the right side of the fabric, thread will be seen. You can hide it by adding a bead like shown below.
Pretty flower is ready.
Now go to the back side and work on the diagonal stitches. My suggestion is that you finish all the flowers first and then stitch the lattice. The lattice is smocked by joining / tying together the two ends of the diagonal lines.
Go back to A and pull tight.
You can see the lattice forming around a flower.
Work in progress.
Length and width of fabric required for this pattern
The fabric will shrink to half its size (50%). So length and width of fabric has to be double the length and width of the smocked piece. Don’t forget 5 inches allowance on all 4 sides.
Close up look.
There is another method to do this.
You can find the second method here