Smocking Book Part 1 with Sample
Smocking Book Part 1 with Sample...
Modern Smocking Canadian Smocking Techniques & Patterns
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C on t e n t s Contents 3 Using this ebook: tips
Introduction 5 Shells 9 Lozenge 13 Diamonds 17 Bows 21 Four-point 27 Giftwrap 36 Windmill 41 Debbie Shore 46 More Vivebooks
From the top: Diamonds, Four-point Flower, Giftwrap, Windmill and Bows 3
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I n t ro d u c t i on
Many countries have claimed this type of smocking, but the term 'Canadian smocking' seems to be the most well known, followed by North American. In Brazil, it’s called capitone. Popular in the 1950s and 60s, Canadian smocking is currently creating a lot of interest worldwide so is set to make a long awaited comeback.
tassels and fringes to bring a touch of extravagance to your work; beads and buttons are fun too!
Assuming you have Part 1 of this ebook, you have learned the main techniques. So now is the time to experiment with different types of fabric, and use your new skills in bag making and even clothing. Soft denim works well for a modern, young look. Try ticking or linen to keep it contemporary. Add
In this ebook (Parts 1 and 2), I’ve put together fifteen smocking patterns for you to try, plus instructions for the Matrix Round Cushion (Part 1), which should play a starring role in your display of smocked cushion covers. You will also find detailed instructions for a simple zipped cushion
You could also try making your grids smaller or larger, or even mixing the two together. Basically, there are no rules, so be your own designer and enjoy the results.
introduction cover (Part 1). There are videos showing me demonstrating the techniques – which I hope will guide you through and give you confidence. (See the video introduction overleaf.) There is even a video showing what to do if you make a mistake in your smocking. The pattern grids can be printed out on your home printer for easy use.
As we were putting this ebook together it became clear that the large amount of video (well over 1 hour in total) would create a file that was going to be rather large for downloading. So, it has become a pair of ebooks: Modern Smocking Part 1 and Modern Smocking Part 2.
I have taken away the jargon and the mathematics so that even a complete beginner can use this ebook to master the techniques of smocking. And as most people want to make cushion (pillow) covers, I have given you two different sizes of cushion to work with.
This is Part 2.The basic techniques and detailed instructions (with lots more patterns) are contained in Part 1, so I strongly recommend that you start with Part 1 before tackling the projects in this volume.
When you are used to the methods, experiment with different fabrics, mix designs together, and apply the technique to anything from dressmaking to curtains! Please don’t think these are quick sewing projects, some of the more complex designs like the Bows can take around six hours to complete.If you would like more help or information, see my blog or http://debbieshore.blogspot.co.uk/ http://www.shortcutstosewing.co.uk/ my forum: Short Cuts to Sewing.
Matrix Round Cushion.The plain but thick textured fabric is ideal for showing off the pleats and folds.This is the first smocked cushion I ever made; it is featured in Part 1.
Video: Introduction by Debbie Shore
Smocking on gingham fabric: this is the Four-point Flower pattern. 7
Matrix cushion from Part 1
Smocking patterns from Part 1. From the top: Lattice, Cobblestones, Leaf, Bones and Waves
Part 1 is available as a download from www.vivebooks.com. 8
Sh e l l s Shells is another pattern that comes together quite quickly, looking equally stylish in velvet, taffeta or suedette. Heavier fabrics that keep their shape are well suited to this design, so I like to use it for upholstery projects such as this chair and the headboard overleaf. It does also make a classic smocked cushion cover.
Fabric needs/grid sizes (1in squares) 16in cushion cover: grid 21 across x 24 down 12in cushion cover: grid 15 across x 18 down Add at least 6in to these lengths to allow for a border and seam allowance. NB Different fabrics give different finished sizes – if in doubt smock a larger area!
Shells smocking 9
Lozenge has a unique, contemporary feel; simple and stylish. I’d maybe try this on a scarf in a lightweight silk… This is an extreme example of a design that doesn't reduce evenly; in fact, one side reduces by half while the other hardly changes.
Fabric needs/grid sizes (1in squares) 16in cushion cover: grid 14 x 28 12in cushion cover: grid 10 x 20 Add at least 6in to these lengths to allow for a border and seam allowance. NB Different fabrics give different finished sizes – if in doubt smock a larger area!
Lozenge smocking 13
B ow s
You can see how this design got its name! It’s a time consuming piece of work but well worth the effort – the little beads in the centre of each bow really make a difference. The fabric reduces by half equally on all sides, so it’s quite easy to work out how much fabric you need for other projects.
Fabric needs/grid sizes (1in squares) 16in cushion cover: grid 32 x 32 12in cushion cover: grid 24 x 24 Add at least 6in to these lengths to allow for a border and seam allowance. NB Different fabrics give different finished sizes – if in doubt smock a larger area! Bows smocking 21
Fo u r - p oi n t This design is the most versatile of all of the smocking techniques. When looking at the stitched side of the fabric you see a four-petalled flower, as in this cushion, but from the reverse side it looks like tiles (see Four-point Tile). Open up the ‘tiles’ to reveal a larger flower, and press open to make ribbon and bows! In the video I show a couple of ideas for using this pattern on gingham and plaid fabrics.
Debb i e Sh or e
Debbie Shore is a sewing author, actress and presenter for Create and Craft TV. She writes a regular column for a popular UK sewing magazine and produces her own range of instructional DVDs. Her sewing tutorials on YouTube have thousands of subscribers. Debbie’s previous books include the bestselling Making Cushion Covers, and the recently published Half Yard Heaven and Sew Bunting. Contact Debbie via her blog or her forum, Short Cut to Sewing, or subscribe to her YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/thimblelane http://debbieshore.blogspot.co.uk/ http://www.shortcutstosewing.co.uk/ 46
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