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Smocking is a type of embroidery that utilizes a variety of techniques to gather fabric then embroider on top of the pleats or gathers. With some types of smocking, the pleats are made first, then embroidered, Other times the gathers are made as part of the embroidery process. It is most commonly used on children's clothing and other heirloom sewing.

The history of smocking dates back to the days before elastic was invented. The process of smocking causes the fabric to become stretchy so originally the technique was used for utilitarian reasons. Nowadays, smocking is used for decorative purposes to duplicate the look of days gone by.

In this section you can learn various smocking techniques, purchase smocking and other heirloom sewing supplies, view examples of historical and modern smocking, or buy hand smocked items.

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