"The Pleater Manual" Sarah Douglas $24.95
(Sub-title: A Comprehensive Guide to the Use of the Smocking Pleater).
This is THE definitive guide to operating a smocking pleater
and working with pleated fabric. Written by an expert in smocking,
Saran Douglas gives you more information than you ever would want to know
about pleating and working with pleated fabric. Covers the basic subjects
and then goes into a comparison of the popular brands of pleaters and advanced
subjects like pleating on the bias and curves. Included is a glossary of
terms, pleating directions for all types of fabrics and pleater maintenance
instructions. The layout of the book is set up as lesson plans
on every type of pleating, exotic or regular. She certainly did her
research well and it definitely shows. I recommend this book as a must
have in every smockers library especially if you like to know the scientific
(well almost) technical stuff of how a pleater works and the comparisons
between the different pleaters on the market.
The Busy Mother's Guide To Sewing Children's Clothes
- Nancy Coburn
This book has been around since 1985 but is still the best. It is perfect
for beginners as everything you need to know about sewing garments (smocked
and heirloom sewn) is here. Includes more than 25 basic yoke variations,
18 collar variations and 19 sleeve variations. Also has instructions
for the construction of the basic yoke dress and the smocked Bishop dress.
Includes methods to prevent a "turtle-neck" and 3 easy bishop plackets.
It has some of the best clearly written detailed instructions
with 215 illustrations and 103 photographs. Using this book and the
matching Basic Square Yoke Dress pattern
you can make as many dresses as you like without fear of repeating yourself.
A must have for every sewing smockers library.
Nancy Coburn is the designer for Ginger Snaps Designs Smocking and Heirloom
Sewing Patterns as well as a wonderful series of beginning heirloom sewing
books. You can see all of her patterns and books on this page:
Click on book for table of contents.
A to Z Sewing for Smockers - $39.95 - In stock today!
From the pages of Australian Smocking & Embroidery magazine comes this
7th book in the A to Z series and wonderful it is. Every question a
sewer of smocking & heirloom sewn clothing could ask is answered in this
book with step by step photographs and excellent instructions. A necessary
companion to A to Z Smocking. Over 580 superb step-by-step color
photographs, hints and tips from the experts, fabulous finishing touches
for sleeves, collars & hems. So if you missed out on the Mildred
Turner Series or Elizabeth Travis Johnson's collective wisdom you will find
their voices echoed in this publication. A must have for your sewing
From the introduction: "Have you ever been frustrated by sleeves that won't
sit properly or a hemline that droops? What is the difference between
a sleeve cuff and a sleeve band? Does the stitching show on your piping
no matter how hard you try to avoid it? How do you trim a collar so
that it has a perfectly curved edge? The answers to all of these questions,
plus many more, are contained within the pages of this book, the perfect
companion to the A-Z of Smocking."
A to Z of Heirloom Sewing - $39.95 - In stock today!
A wonderful book dedicated to every facet of heirloom sewing that will satisfy every heirloom sewers' craving for the how to's of working with delicate laces, swiss embroideries and the many fine fabrics featured in Sew Beautiful, Inspirations and Australian Smocking & Embroidery magazines. The editors of Inspirations Books has outdone itself by completing the series of A to Z Smocking and Sewing for Smockers with those delicate heirloom sewn touches that abound on garments presented in their magazines Inspirations and Australian Smocking & Embroidery. A wonderful addition to an already fine legacy.
From the back cover: "The use of delicate fabrics trimmed with lace, entredeux, ribbon and tucks are common characteristics of this beautiful technique. Perfect for adding that extra special touch to christening gowns, children's clothes, wedding dresses and delicate garments, this book has methods for every skill level.
"Filled with detailed instructions and useful hints, this reference book offers over 700 clear step-by-step photographs to help you achieve the perfect finish.
- Material and equipment
- Garment care and storage
- Working with lace and entredeux
- Handworked edges and finishes
- Construction techniques particularly suited to fine fabrics"
New from Terri Wood
- Pleating DVD
In this new pleating DVD by Terri Wood (see her Smocking Video) the quest
for visual pleating information has finally been fulfilled. Techniques
covered in this DVD include:
Introduction of Different Pleaters
Care and Maintenance of the pleater
Preparing the Pleater for Pleating
Pleating a Bishop Dress
Pleating using a motor
30 minutes DVD
Terri Wood's Smocking DVD
Terri Wood's Smocking DVD ... a great way to take home
the teacher after class. Terri Wood is a former shop owner who translates
her expertise knowledge to the world of video. Divided into four lessons
the video demonstrates the lessons in a classroom setting. After watching
this DVD, beginners as well as experienced seamstresses will have the ability
to smock and construct a beautiful garment.
Techniques Covered in this DVD include
Pleating fabric, preparing to smock
Tools Needed for Smocking Stitches
8 basic geometric smocking stitches
Embellishing with flowers
Construction of a Bishop Dress step by step
Smocking & Fine Sewing Techniques from the 19th century sources - Lacis
Included in this volume are 8 booklets from the 19th century which cover
the range of smocking (English Style), plain needlework, monograms, jeweled
embroidery & knick-knacks. If you love history and have wished
that your great grandmother was alive to explain how to do all the embroidery
techniques you find in antique stores than this is the book for you. The
sections on smocking have wonderful old illustrations of ladies and children
in the smocked clothing of the period. Also included are photographs
of the smocking design and written instructions on how to complete the design
(no graphs). In the needlework section are instructions on all the
basics of hand sewing including several types of hems, buttonholes, gathering
and piping as well as info on how to sew on buttons (different patterns of
stitches within the button holes), basic french handsewing techniques including
rolling & whipping, tucks and sewing on lace. In the embroidery
section you learn how to feather-stitch, patchwork, quilting, honeycomb and
braiding. Including are many variations of stitches that are familiar
Beginning Smocking by Michie' Mooney
A wonderful brand new smocking instruction book which contains along with geometric and picture smocking instructions, 10 smocking designs and a smocked bonnet pattern.
The Photo Book of Smocking Stitches - Right Hand Version $10.00
This wonderful book is back in print with step by step photographs of the
basic smocking stitches. It's a wonderful way to teach yourself how
to smock when you don't have access to a teacher.
The Photo Book of Smocking Stitches - Left Hand Version $10.00
Same book as above but with directions for left handers.
How to Make Handmades for your Baby
First published in the '50s, this treasury of design ideas for christening
dresses, button-on suits, rompers, sacques, bonnets, day gowns and dresses
is a must have for any seamstress' library. Many techniques and embroidery
designs are given along with illustrated instructions. Paperback. Black and
white. 94 pages.
Perfect Party Dresses
The first of the special editions from County Bumpkin. If you are already lonely for the inspirations that ASE Magazine brought you then this book of dazzling smocking designs is for you. There is no better way to celebrate life's special moments than with a party and, as every girl knows, every party demands the perfect dress. From birthdays to weddings this beautiful collection of stunning garments, in sizes 2-10 years, is sure to provide something spectacular for every special occasion. The twelve dresses and three petticoats, created with gorgeous fabrics, exquisite embroidery and sublime finishing touches, will make every little girl's dreams come true.
Frances Jones' Smocked Monograms Booklet
Smocked alphabets are one of the trickiest projects to attempt and often times don't succeed but this booklet gives you all the tools you need to accomplish your goal.
These letters use a bar stitch which is worked over 2 pleats, perfect for simple monogram projects. Though not recommended for raw beginners but if you're up for a challenge go for it!
Ellen McCarn's Christmas Ball and Stocking with Candy Cane Letters
Another delightful booklet from Ellen McCarn with complete instructions and pattern for making a stocking to hang on the mantle for each member of your family. Decorate your tree with namesake Christmas Balls. As usual the instructions are very clear that even a beginner to smocking can follow.