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Smocking April 20, 2010

Filed under: Smocking — thehobbyholic @ 6:01 pm



1. smocked needlework.

2. embroidery stitches used to hold gathered cloth in even folds.


–verb (used with object)

1. To draw (a fabric) by needlework into a honeycomb pattern with diamond-shaped recesses.

Enough defining, look at this!

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How cute is that?! I found a woman on that was selling this dress and I couldn’t pass it up. Now I can’t stop thinking about making something myself.

While my knowledge of smocking is limited, this dress is not the first time I had seen smocking. I had slight interest in it about a year ago, but I wasn’t expecting at the time and so the interest died quickly.

I think I have found my newest hobby. Not surprised are you?

For those interested:

“Smocking is embroidery which one works across pleats. It provides an ornamental look to any garment but also controls the fullness and provides insulation against the cold.

Two types of smocking exist. The first, English Smocking, is the most popular. The smocker will pleat the garment first and then work the embroidery across the pleats in rows. Once the embroidery is complete, the smocker will pull out the gathering threads and then steam the smocking into shape. In the second form, the smocker works the pleating and stitching in one step. This method is more popular on gingham.” more