Yarrow - i painted the background in a similar was as the Meadowsweet piece. I just added some diluted jacquard textile paint to blend the background a bit more. I applied the paint with a wet stencil brush and 'pounced' the colour onto the fabric. Kirsten Chursinoff
This technique looks confusing, but is not difficult to sew. These alternating pleats are just created by marking pleats at the top, and the bottom. The pleats at the bottom should be marked directly in between the marked top pleats. When you sew the pleats, it looks like the fabric is folded in on itself and intertwined together.