Double Van Dyke Smocking Stitch Tutorial

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Any time is a good time to learn a new sewing technique. Today we’d like to share a how-to with you for the Van Dyke Stitch, one of the oldest smocking stitches. This strong, secure, elastic stitch uses a lot of thread, as each pleat is used twice. It is worked from right to left, picking up two pleats for each stitch, one “old” pleat and a “new” pleat. Follow this tutorial from Australian Smocking & Embroidery to master this stitch:

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1. Bring the thread to the front on the left of pleat 2. Keeping the thread above, take it through pleats 1 and 2.

2. Pull the thread through. Take the needle from right to left through pleats 2 and 3 twice.

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3. Pull the thread through. Take the needle from right to left through pleats 3 and 4. Repeat with the thread below.

4. Pull the thread through. Take the needle from right to left through pleats 4 and 5 twice.

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5. Pull the thread through. Take the needle from right to left through pleats 5 and 6. Repeat with the thread above.

6. Pull the thread through. Continue in this manner to the end of the row. Secure on the back.

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