So here comes a tutorial on how to do lattice smocking, the smock on the left in this picture.
manipulation fabric - smocking fabric


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Just as in honeycomb smocking one have a net of dots on the fabric, this time we are marking them out on the backside of the fabric. To make it simple we also mark out how we are going to gather the dots this time.
In this kind of smocking we are working from the back, so the result will not be visible unless you turn your work over. It is also hard to see how it looks until you have made a few rows.

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Like this.

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Here is a diagram that show you how to do it, but I’ll explain with pictures to.

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Stick the needle up the second dot on the second row.

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Pick up some fabric, just like three threads or so, and go to the first dot on the fist row and pick up some fabric there to.
You see the line, it is the guide for where to go.

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Gather, sew some stitches and secure the thread.

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Go to the dot directly under and secure the thread, all the threads that you do not gather should lie loose on the back.

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Go to the dot that is connected with the dot you are at with a line and pick up some fabric.

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Gather, sew some stitches and secure the thread. Go down one dot and secure the thread again.

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Go up to the dot that the line indicates, pick up some fabric, gather, sew some stitches and secure the thread. I think you get how to do this so I’ll go on to showing how to move from one row to another.

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In the end it will look like this.

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And in the front it will look like this.

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We skip a dot and go to the next, securing the thread.

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And then we just follow the lines that show where to go and gather, remember to let the non gathering threads lie loose.

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Gather and secure the thread.

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Now it can get tricky to see where to go, if we had not made the lines it would be really confusing and hard to know where to go.

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If one keeps going this is how it will look in the front after a while.

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