Closed Back Square Weave smocking pattern [pdf]

Tightly "woven" bars in red satin
Sample pattern for Closed Back Square Weave in three formats: on a grid, without a grid, and with symmetry elements
Your price: $10.00
SKU: FD-15427
Regular price: $10.00
Member price: $9.00

Creator: Madonna Yoder

Diagrammer: Madonna Yoder

This pattern is for making the pictured Closed Back Square Weave tessellation on fabric. The pattern is copied onto fabric and then the connected points are stitched together. There is no folding involved, but this method can be used to emulate many origami tessellations. This technique has been called North American Smocking, Canadian Smocking, Lattice Smocking, Italian Smocking, and American Smocking. It is not the same as English Smocking, which embroiders patterns on top of pleated fabric (and is more common).

Various origami artists have explored the connection with smocking before, including Chris Palmer (Shadowfolds) and Adrienne Sack.

This pattern is adapted from a very common origami tessellation, the closed back square weave, and also is the inverse smocking pattern of the traditional square twists pattern.

Seller Information

Madonna Yoder
Contact email

madonna [at]

Seller website