A complete manual for the beginner through the advanced smocker. Over 1000 step-by-step color photographs. Learn stitches, how to read graphs, and techniques such as ribbon weaving, counter change smocking, free form smocking and more! So much inspiration!

Learn the art of smocking from the experts!

Whether you are a novice or a professional, the A-Z of Smocking will give you fresh ideas, new perspectives, renewed confidence and bring smocking within reach of anyone who can thread a needle.

Have you tried ribbon weaving or freeform smocking? Explored the versatility of chain stitch on pleats? Do you know the difference between jigsaw and template smocking?

Starting at ‘A’ with accent stitches and finishing at ‘Z’ with zigzag stitches you’ll agree that this is the most comprehensive smocking book ever published.

You’ll learn how to work the stitches, pleat and block a garment, read graphs and select colours, fabrics and threads.

You’ll also find a list of smocking terms, comprehensive information about the threads, fabrics and equipment required and receive expert advice on different techniques such as ribbon weaving, counterchange, template and freeform smocking and much more.

Just imagine opening up this ‘how to guide’ to find 1020 step-by-step photographs with simple instructions for you to learn 71 different stitches and techniques!

It’s bursting with hints, including tips for left handed smockers, ideas and inspirational photographs which will unleash your creativity – order your copy today!
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The world famous A-Z Series has sold more than 2.2 million copies worldwide. The 3rd title in this series of indispensable needlework guides is a must have for any smocker.

Semi-hardcover, Concealed spiral binding, 228mm x 218mm wide, 128pp

Accent stitches, back stitch, background smocking, backsmocking, bargello smocking, beads in smocking, bishop garments, blocking and shaping, bullion knot, buttonholes in pleats, cable stitch, centering designs, chain stitch, colonial knot, colour, combinations, counterchange smocking, crossover smocking, design graphs, detached chain, diagonal smocking, embroidery on smocking, English smocking, fabric manipulation, feather stitch, floweret, fly stitch, freeform smocking, French knot, geometric smocking, herringbone stitch, honeycomb stitch, horizontal smocking, inserts, jigsaw smocking, laundering smocking, left handers, mirror image rows, outline stitch, picture smocking, pistil stitch, plaid smocking, pleaters, preparation and pleating, raised lattice stitch, ribbon weaving, round yoke garments, satin stitch, seed stitch, sheaf stitch, square yoke garments, star stitch, stem stitch, straight stitch, template smocking, traditional smocking, trailing vine, trellis stitch, unpicking, Van Dyke stitch, vertical ladder stitch, vertical smocking, wave stitch, wheat stitch, zigzag stitches.