Master Craftsman: Smocking


On our Master Craftsman: Smocking program candidates are challenged to produce four smocked garments and two other smocked items. No set designs are provided but commercial designs may be adapted for some of the steps. Step Four requires the creation of a traditional English smock accompanied by a research paper. Smocking differs from some of the other Master Craftsman programs as candidates are judged on clothing construction as well as smocking skills. The candidate’s ability to follow directions and successfully incorporate all of the step’s requirements into their submission is also evaluated.

SKU: MCSMOCK Category:


Step 1: Drop-yoke dress, blouse, or nightgown embellished with a design that shows competence in the basic stitches and dress construction.

Step 2: An inset panel featuring an original landscape or other natural scene mounted on a tote bag, purse, pillow, apron front, or dress pinafore. The article must demonstrate mastery of stacked cables/picture smocking.

Step 3: Smocking shaped into a three-dimensional object, such as a hat, box covering, stuffed animal, lampshade, or holiday ornament. The design must incorporate lattice smocking with decorative embroidery stitches overlaid.

Step 4: Reproduction of a traditional English smock including feather stitching and handmade Dorset buttons.

Step 5: A bishop dress, blouse or nightgown with smocking design incorporating ribbon, beads, and bullion knot flowers.

Step 6: An original design that demonstrates flawless control of a variety of stitches used in smocking, garment construction techniques, and knowledge of color and design.

Judging: April and October

Judging Criteria: Stitching techniques, construction techniques, selection of appropriate materials, use of color and design, and ability to follow directions.

Contact: Master Craftsman Smocking Chair

Click here to see requirements for Step 1 and pictures of completed pieces

After enrollment, a program packet is sent by email from the program chair. Please allow a week for your registration to be processed.

*Master Craftsman Program fees are non-refundable