Smocking is a technique where fabric is pleated and then adorned with embroidery stitches. Smocking was a popular technique used before elastic was invented to create stretch within the fabric. Normally smocking is applied to necklines, viagra cuffs and bodices of a garment.

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I am planning on using this technique in my next piece. I have been using different techniques to manipulate garments and I like the way smocking creates texture within the material. It reminds me of the way skin stretches and wrinkles.

Here are a few images I’ve found in my research…

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I’ve never tried smocking before but I’ve found a bunch of tutorials online…

Wish me luck 🙂


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