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