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Ruching – A french tutorial


I found this beautiful tutorial from Pinterest. I have so many ideas for this, but unfortunately it’s all in French. I decided to translate it so I could work on trying this on a skirt or skirt.

Draw a grid of three columns min, you can do as many as you want.
Draw squares  1 X 1 cm
Score by drawing alternating directional stitches (see photo below)
Take a strong needle and thread stitching at ends of the marker
Establish tight now with patience you will see is your fabric weave
So did that make sense to any of you either? Yep nope. In theory I get that you take the thread and essentially make little ties one way then the other. In the photo however the needle and thread are not going the same way as the hash marks. Then completely skips over other marks. I am going to have to Google this more and see if I can come up with a way to make it happen. I love the texture on it.

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6 thoughts on “Ruching – A french tutorial

  1. I love Canadian Smocking too, I did the 1 inch squares but I think it is too large of a design for incorporating into a garment. so, I am going to experiment with a 1/2 inch squares design and see what it looks like.

  2. The directions should read as follows..

    *Draw a grid of three columns min, you can do as many as you want. Draw squares 1×1 cm*
    Draw a 1×1cm grid of at least 3 columns (you can make it more, as many as you like, but not less)

    *Score by drawing alternating directional stitches (see photo below)*
    Draw alternating lines as shown in the picture below

    *Take a strong needle and thread stitching at ends of the marker*
    Using a sturdy needle and thread, stitch at the intersecting corners at the end of each line in a box

    *Establish tight now with patience you will see is your fabric weave*
    Tie the strands tight at each square and with patience you will start to see the weave in you fabric

    1. In the early 60s had a pattern for making pillows that had smocking around the edges. It took one yard long and 18 in wide. In the middle we drew lines one in. apart to enough to make four rows. You then drew lines one in. Apart going the other direction to make one in. Squares. Then on the first row you drew a diagonal line in every other square, then in the next row you drew a diagonal going the opposite direction and repeat for the next two rows. With a needle and thread you picked up the corners to which the diagional lines would connect sewing them together all the way to the end. Continue this method until you have finished all four lines. To make the pillow you would sew the ends together. Gather each side and use a round pillow form to hold the shape of pillow. Use a large covered button or other type in the middle to cover gathering.

    1. Thank you so much, Melinda. I was looking for the name of the Technique and you supplied just what I needed. Who know there were so many different designs you could make from lattice smocking! Thanks a bunch!

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