Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Graph and Instructions for Canadian smocking using design " Bones"

Here is the graph for making cushions with design “Bones”. This design also consists of columns marked with diagonals separated by gaps. While drawing graph we have to keep in mind the last column should not be a gap.

Method of calculating material needed

If you see the reverse of the"'Bones " design we find formation of equilateral  triangles.
Let us consider that we smock 2 rows of squares having 2 squares in each row.We get an equilateral triangle ABC (See figure 2) whose sides are equal to the diagonal of the square which is used for smocking. Using this we can calculate the material needed for smocking for the required size of cushion.

Let us calculate the material needed for a cushion of size of the cushion 40 cm x 40 cm and size of the square of the graph used =2 cm Χ 2 cm
  (please refer the chart)
Base =Diagonal of the square of square of side 2 cm= 2.8 cm
Height will be 2.4 cm.   
Let us calculate the length
Every 2 rows we smock the length will become 2.8 cm
Or in other words, to get 2.8 cm of smocked we need 2 squares or 4 cm material.
To get 40 cm of the smocked material we need 40 Χ 2÷2.8 = 28.5 squares or 28 full squares.
Material needed for 28 squares is 28 Χ 2 cm=56 cm
Add 2 cm for the seams on both sides
Length of material needed = 56 cm+ 4 cm =60 cm
Let us check .If we smock 28 squares we get 14 Χ 2.8 cm = 39.2 cm
There is a deficit of 0. 8 cm .This can be made up by adding 1 cm more for the seams that is ½ cm extra on each side.
Length of the material will be 61 cm.
Let us calculate the width of the material needed.
Width of the smocked material is the height of the equilateral triangle.
In this case it will be 2.4 cm.
Every 2 squares or 4 cm we smock it will become 2.4 cm in width.
Or in other words to get 2.4 cm of the smocked material we need 2 squares or 4 cm of material.
To get 40 cm of smocked material we need (40 Χ 2) ÷ 2.4 = 33 squares.
Material needed for 33 squares =33 Χ 2 = 66 cm.
By adding 2 cm on each side it will become 66+ 4 = 70 cm.
If we smock 32 squares we will get 16 Χ 2.4 = 38.4 cm.
We get little more for the last line.
Material needed of width 70 cm.
So the material needed for making a cushion of size 40 cm Χ 40 cm in the design “Bones “ using a graph of 2 cm square = 70 cm X 61 cm
In this manner we can calculate the material needed for any size of cushion done using any size of squares.



  1. iam a new member to ur site iam extremly happy to see this Canadian smoking tutorials which i was waiting to learn for a long long time. i know only 2mothod of smoking and nw u had done some most beautiful smokings. HATs off for ur talents and beens a good teacher online. may god give u strenght and long life for teaching

  2. vani, can u pls. show how to sew a sari underskirt?

  3. Hi
    Thank you very much for your appreciation and best wishes.I have posted the tutorials for sari petticoat here
    in vani blog 1

  4. hello vani mam. how are you? i am great fan of you from your 1st blog itself. now i am speechless after seeing your works. thankyou so much for posting such wonderful works. i am awaiting for more work. have a good day.:)

  5. Hi Roja thanks a lot for your appreciation.I am happy to know that my blog has been useful to you.

  6. Oho! What a beauty! I never seen similar technique. Thanks, it's very interesting. I'll try certainly.

  7. hi mam how will you join the lines which is shown in the grafh

  8. hi mam how to join the lines which is shown in the gragh

  9. Please see my previous.I have explained it there

  10. Hi Vani,
    Your work is excellent. Simply loved it.
    Can you please tell me which materials can be used for these types of smocking cushions.

  11. I have used thick satin. you can also use any thick material with a little bit of sheen.Velvet can also be used.

  12. Dear Vani ,
    I've been looking for this craftwork for quite sometime and I really admire ur excellent work. Congratulation and i hope to learn something from ur blog...

  13. Hi Vany! Hello from Mexico! Congratulations!!!I am happy finding your site, but I can´t visit you often, I had an accident and i cant walk by the moment. Looking for something to do like teraphy i found your blog. I´d like to learn to do all your cushions and maybe this way earn some money ( I lost my work too)Well... I want to ask you something: Could you send me your tutorials?
    Congratulations again!!!!! (and sorry about my English)

  14. amei seu blog;se quiser visite o meu onde postei alguns gráficos magiadoartesanatorj.blogspot.com

  15. Hello Vani,
    my daughter tried your tutorials for her art project and she managed perfectly! Thank you.

    Do you also have the tutorial for the BOWS smocking? She would like to try it in her dress for the school formal.

    Thank you,