Your question: What is smocking embroidery?

What is smocking in art?

Smocking is a centuries-old form of needlework consisting of surface embroidery stitches worked over gathered fabric. The smocking stitches serve a dual purpose: first as a decorative element, executed in simple or complex combinations.

What is the importance of smocking?

Smocking is used to control the fullness of a garment, especially around the sleeve cuffs, bodice, shoulders, as well as in the front and back neckline, leaving the material following these areas free and loose fitting.

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