Modern Smocking – Part 1

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Canadian Smocking Techniques & Patterns

Discover the impressive techniques and patterns of Lattice or Canadian smocking, with bestselling author and TV presenter Debbie Shore. Soon you will be pinching, pleating and stitching to create textured fabrics for cushions (pillows), bags, and even clothing. It’s a little like origami with fabric. Go retro with nostalgic velvet smocked cushions, reminiscent of the 50s and 60s. Try the patterns with contemporary fabrics such as denim or hessian. For the fresh country look, select a woven gingham.

In Modern Smocking Part 1 and Part 2, Debbie has put together 16 patterns, plus ideas for a whole display of smocked cushion covers. She shows clearly how to mark a grid of lines or dots and stitch over that grid to create the various smocking patterns, and gives instructions for how to make a simple zipped cushion cover. Best of all, in these two enhanced ebooks, there is over an hour of embedded video of Debbie demonstrating the techniques. When you are used to the methods you can experiment with different fabrics, mix designs together, and apply the technique to anything from dressmaking to curtains.

Modern Smocking Part 1 includes the basic techniques and eight different smocking patterns, all with video demonstrations. Patterns include: Arrows, Lattice, Bones, Hearts, Leaf, Cobblestones, Waves, Matrix.

Part 2 has a further eight patterns with projects and videos: Shells, Lozenge, Diamonds, Bows, Four-point Flower, Four-point Tile, Giftwrap, Windmill.

Also by Debbie Shore: Modern Smocking – Part 2

Special offer! Save £5 if you buy both parts together. Put both books separately into your basket, then enter ‘SMOCKCD’ for the CD version or ‘SMOCK’ for the downloads in the COUPON box at the checkout and click ‘Apply Coupon’ to get both parts for £25.

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ISBN: 978-1-906314-52-1 (CDROM): 978-1-906314-53-8 (Download) Download Size : 1.2Gb Zip file

This ebook has embedded video clips that are viewable using Adobe Acrobat Reader (free) on a computer but not the app on a phone or iPad. The videos are also included in a separate folder if you can’t see the ones in the book. On iOS, the Dropbox app will play the complete book including embedded video.

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Weight 0.1 kg
Ebook type (Download or CD-ROM)

Downloadable ebook, Physical cd-rom

4 reviews for Modern Smocking – Part 1

  1. Dina aka Bossymamma (verified owner)

    A terrific book for beginner and more experienced stitchers alike. Easy to follow instructions, clear pictures, and helpful videos mean it is simple to start your first smocking project. Debbie Shore has taken the hard work out of Canadian smocking. A lot of information for your money. See the full review at:

  2. [email protected] (verified owner)

    This is a brilliant book!.It is easy to navigate, has 8 cushion designs and explicit instructions for making 12 and 16 inch cushion covers.Each design has a grid and instructions that can be printed out And, this is the best, videos to show the methods with suggestions for fabrics.
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  3. vmoriarty (verified owner)

    This is so interesting and the instructions very clear with photographs of every stage.
    More importantly, Vivienne Wells of Vivebooks has been very helpful in talking me through the download technology. I am very appreciative of such personal attention.
    I have just purchased Book 2 so that I can expand my repertoire.

  4. Vivienne (verified owner)

    Review in Sewing World, February 2014
    These ebooks cleverly combine text and diagrams with video tutorials to give a comprehensive introduction to the techniques of Lattice or Canadian smocking. The ebooks can be viewed on PC or Mac as well as tablets and kindles and contain a handy document which explains how to view the ebook. A fantastic guide for anybody interested in the art of smocking, this title takes the viewer through the basic techniques and equipment necessary before
    introducing 16 impressive patterns across the two ebooks. Each project includes a printable template and step-by-step instructions alongside stunning photographs. The video demonstrations are incredibly helpful as you can see exactly how each design comes together with Debbie’s own hints and tips!

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