Something about hand smocking technique (Part 2)

Santa Claus and Christmas gift smocked pattern

Smocked clothing is popular clothing and it is loved by many people. One of the most important factors that make beauty and originality of this kind is hand smocking technic. But what is hand smocking technique. In the part 1, I gave you some general information about traditional hand smocking technique. Today, I will continue mentioning other interesting information! Let’s read now to continue learning more knowledge!

Santa Claus and Christmas gift smocked pattern

What are methods of hand smocking?

As you know, smocking is done before a garment is assembled. Traditionally, people make hand smocking by marking smocking dots in a grid pattern on the wrong side of the fabric and it is gathered by temporary running stitches. These stitches are anchored on each end in a manner that facilitates later removal. Then a row of cable stitching stabilizes the top and bottom of the working area.

geometric smocked pattern

Smocking can be done in many sophisticated patterns. There are some standard hand smocking stitches which include:

Smocker’s knot: Smocker’s knot is a simple knotted stitch used to finish work with a thread or for decorative purposes.

Outline stitch: Outline stitch is similar to the stem stitch but with an upward slope.

Stem stitch: Stem stitch is a tight stitch with minimum flexibility that joins two columns of gathers at a time in single overlapping rows with a downward slope.

Cable stitch: Cable stitch is a tight stitch of double rows that joins alternating columns of gathers.

Wave stitch: Wave stitch is a medium density pattern that alternately employs tight horizontal stitches and loose diagonal stitches.

Honeycomb stitch: Honeycomb stitch is a medium density variant on the cable stitch that double stitches each set of gathers and provides more spacing between them, with an intervening diagonal stitch concealed on the reverse side of the fabric.

Cable flowerette: Cable flowerette is often organized in diagonally arranged sets of flowerettes for loose smocking. It is a set of gathers worked in three rows of stitches across four columns of gathers.

Bullion stitch: Bullion stitch is a complex knotted stitch that joins several gathers in a single stitch. It is organized similarly to cable flowerettes.

Trellis stitch: Trellis stitch is a medium density pattern that uses stem stitches and outline stitches to form diamond-shaped patterns.

Vandyke stitch: Vandyke stitch is a tight variant on the surface honeycomb stitch that wraps diagonal stitches in the opposite direction.

Surface honeycomb stitch: Surface honeycomb stitch is a tight variant on the honeycomb stitch and the wave stitch with the diagonal stitch visible, but spanning only one gather instead of a gather and a space.

That’s all information about hand smocking technique I want to share with you. Hope that this article help you understand more about this traditional technique! Don’t forget to visit to see more beautiful smocked clothing for baby!

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