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Make It : Smocking With Gingham

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It's all about gingham in the newest issue of Living. From tiny checks on a tablecloth to large squares on a folding screen, this pattern covers all the bases.

Take this curtain, for instance. We gave it a decorative detail by adding smocking—a traditional sewing technique in which fabric is gathered so it can stretch.

The squares in the gingham pattern act as sewing guides so you can make perfectly spaced stitches. As the thread makes knots in the front, it floats between the squares in the back of the fabric. (For the template and more instructions, click here.)

 

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  • [...] Smocking with Gingham The Crafts Dept. at Martha Stewart Fri, September 16, 2011 11:00 AM UTC The Crafts Dept. at Martha Stewart Rate this story Share this story (function(){var [...]

  • I have wanted to learn smocking for years. These instructions make sense and I can't wait to try. I'll be smocking at 6:00 in the morning. What a great day!

  • Smocking is so relaxing.
    Have you tried making smocked baubles (for the Christmas tree)? They look great - very luxurious!

  • [...] on a piece of gingham.  The squares were the perfect canvas, and the effect was cute.  This Smocking with Gingham from Martha Stewart works a bit the same [...]

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