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10 Tips for Beautiful Picture Smocking

Stacked Cables

Often when one thinks of smocking, and especially smocking for children, what immediately comes to mind are the adorable designs created with picture smocking. It is so fun to dress your little one in fun designs featuring bunnies, birdies, flowers or even hippos! All of these smocking designs are created using stacked cables, so today's in today's post (and video at the bottom of the post if you prefer to listen) we are going to tackle the Staked Cable stitch.

Picture Smocking is creating a smocked design by stacking the cable stitch one on top of another to create a solid swath of color. The resulting design forms a recognizable object or "picture."