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These doll dresses are just a few of many my mother has made for her grand daughters over the years. The pleats are made so perfectly by using a pleating machine. It has a row of needles that you thread individually. You then run the piece of fabric through the machine, which folds the fabric and sews threads through the folds very close together. You then have perfect pleats to smock. Itís an awesome machine!

 

The yellow dress has little purple flowers in the middle.

 

This dress has beads sewn right into the smocking. They really add just the right touch. The apples in the middle are so cute.

 

 

The purple dress has diamonds smocked, which is a very simple pattern yet looks stunning. It also has yellow flowers embroidered in lazy daisy stitches. Their randomness adds such interest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dotted swiss white dress is my favorite. The yellow in the center makes me think of cool, fresh lemons! And at the bottom of the smocking she used a zig-zag stitch to encase a white ribbon. This adds just the right touch!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Creative Smocking
by Chris Rankin

"... a showcase of smocking combined with decorative stitches and embroidery. filled with beautiful projects.very good diagrams and instructions on how to smock for the beginner."--Doll Crafter

For hundreds of years, smocking--decorative stitches worked over tightly pleated fabric--has been a favorite technique. Now adventurous sewers have embraced the style again, experimenting with new methods and materials and inventing fresh and fascinating effects. Newcomers can start at the very beginning by following the instructions for all the basic stitches; fabric use and preparation; pleating; and adapting existing patterns. But, the excitement comes with the original designs (all shown in color photographs) and the creative ideas for using embroidery, beading, and quilting as accents. Just see how lovely a smocked gown looks when embellished with delicate bullion roses and diminutive pearls. Or, stitch up a dainty drawstring bag, elegant holiday ornaments, or a tiny Christening dress. Nothing could be prettier! all in color


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