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Smocking, the venerable English peasant craft dating from the late eighteenth century, was a needle technique originally used to adorn the traditional rural work chemise. Today's needleworkers will welcome this collection of 22 beautiful smocking patterns by noted designer Allyne Holland, as well as an informative discussion of smocking traditions, materials, fabric preparation, stitching techniques, and all the finishing touches.
Make an exquisite yoke or a pocket for a favorite blouse, ornament pillows and evening bags, embellish children's clothing with baskets or butterflies, and create countless other special items using the charming patterns provided. Ranging in difficulty from intermediate to advanced, the patterns divide into four basic groups: Geometric Smocking, Cross-Over Combinations, popular Picture Smocking, and Advanced Designs. Choose from "Victorian Memories," "Katie's Best," "Magic," "Rosina's Garden," "Madeira Lace," and many other beautiful designs.
A valuable section on stitching techniques presents clear step-by-step instructions and helpful diagrams for dozens of straight stitches, wave stitches, stitch combinations, and decorative or accent embroidery stitches — including cable stitch, honeycomb stitch, trellis stitch, satin stitch, lazy daisy stitch, and many more. In addition, you'll find easy-to-follow smocking graphs for each design, stitch keys, and a useful glossary of smocking terms.
Accomplished needleworkers will welcome this collection of 24 beautiful smocking patterns by the noted embroidery designer, plus clear step-by-step instructions, diagrams for dozens of lovely stitches. Make an exquisite yoke, a pocket for a favorite blouse, ornament pillows, evening purses, and countless other items. 68 black-and-white illustrations. 24 color illustrations on covers.
Smocking, an English peasant craft dating from the late 18th century, was originally used to adorn the traditional rural work chemise. During the late 1800s, this embroidery emerged in major fashion and pattern magazines and--a century later--is still popular. Today's needleworkers will welcome these 22 beautiful smocking patterns by noted designer Allyne Holland. Illustrated.
Two dozen patterns to enhance clothing, pillows, purses, and other special items. All designs shown in color on covers.