While we still have time to add to our Christmas "Wish List", I thought that I would recommend one of my favorite books! I love all of the books in the "A-Z" series, published by Country Bumpkins, but have found that this is the one that I refer to the most often. Besides smocking construction, it is filled with the instructions for almost every basic construction tip that you can think of. The book includes collars, plackets, and sleeves, and has clear photos of each step!
My copy appeared under the Christmas tree addressed "To- Michie' From- Santa". Boy, was my family surprised!