This comprehensive guide reveals every secret and answers every question you have on this timeless art. Over a thousand step-by-step photographs bring smocking within reach of anyone who can thread a needle. Every smocking stitch is clearly explained for beginners with step by step photographs, but there are also inspiring examples and new or little-known techniques to appeal to experienced smockers. learn how to pleat and block a garment, create ribbon weaving, counterchange, template and freeform smocking and much more. Beautiful photographs of finished garments complete this inspirational guide.