Thursday, 13 September 2012

Lattice Smocking

Hi there,

I had a great start to the week - I got to take my first ever class, ie , me being the teacher.
It came about because Irene, who runs our quilt group was unable to make it and rather than cancelling, she asked me to step into her shoes.

I decided to teach the ladies how to do this:

It is called lattice smocking and I learned to do it 27 years ago at the RSN.
After searching around on the web, I've also discovered it is called Canadian smocking.

It gives a highly tectural effect and looks good on cushions and bags.

There are a few different patterns...
this one is a leaf pattern.

It is hand stitched from the back of the fabric, using a grid to pull the fabric and make the pattern.

I found an excellent blog by a lady called Vani.  She has lots to read and a video tutorial.  You can find her here.  All the links are down the right hand side of her blog.
You could also look for lattice smocking on You Tube./ 

This one is a flower pattern and is different because it is worked from the front of the fabric.
I quite like the idea of incorporating this into a quilt somehow - I think it could look really good.

I have been working on a quilt this week but I'll show you that in my next post.
Lots and lots of feathers!!!

See you then


Danielle Hudson said...

It's so pretty! I may have to check out those links. Thanks!

Queenie Believe said...

I would have loved to be in your class. I love lattice smocking and have always wanted to give it a try.
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

Bending Pins said...

Thank you so much for posting this tutorial. I've looked at smocking before but haven't tried it. This looks easy enough, I think I'll give it a whirl while watching tv some evening!

BTW, when stitching Canadian smocking, do you zig-zag?

bendingpins (at)

The Nifty Stitcher said...

You're very welcome. Yes, the stitches go in a zig-zag on the back - for some of the patterns anyway.

The Nifty Stitcher said...

Thank you Danielle :)

The Nifty Stitcher said...

It's easier than it looks Queenie - why not give it a go!.

Denise Russell said...

Guess what! I am taking a smocking class on Monday! Your post is very timely! Beautiful work as usual!!!

M-R said...

Very cool!

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david wall said...

Oh this took me down memory lane my mum and I used to make velvet cushions with all this smocking ,the house was full of bits of threads ,happy memory's .not done this now for gosh 45 years.

david wall said...

Oh this took me down memory lane my mum and I used to make velvet cushions with all this smocking ,the house was full of bits of threads ,happy memory's .not done this now for gosh 45 years.

david wall said...

Hi Rhiannon ,it's me Liz wall I have come though on my husbands name,I'll have to get it changed when my son can show me how .

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