Thursday, July 22, 2010
Cushion with "Flowers and buds" design
Material needed .
In this design to calculate the width of the material that remains after smocking we have to just subtract the width of the squares marked “X”. I have drawn the design with squares whose sides are 3x3 .The length and width of portion A will be 7 x 3 =21 cm to find out the width of material that remains after smocking subtract the width of the square ,which is marked ‘X’. That is 3 x 4=12 cm. The width of the material after smocking is 21-12=9cm.The same calculation holds good for length also. You can arrange the blocks according to the measurements of your cushion. In this design width will be 10+9+8+9+10=46 cm. Length is the same.Seam allowance is included in this.
Secure the material well on to the working table with 3M tape and then draw the graph. Neatness depends upon the graph we draw. Always use matching thread for smocking. I use 3 strands of Anchor thread. Stitches taken should be uniform. After drawing the graph “Zig- Zag” the sides. I prefer to give lining to the smocked fabric and then stitch the cushion. This type of smocking is not elastic as English smocking. So it is better to stitch loosely fitted cushion covers.