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Smocking

Definition: Smocking



Smocking

n. Type of needlework, gathering small bits of fabrics into decorative, colorful designs. Smocking is a centuries-old embroidery technique. Historic English smocking is a technique of sewing the embroidery over pleats already sewn into the fabric. North American smocking is an alternate technique where the pleats are gathered and formed in the fabric by the smocking stitchwork itself.

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