Fine Heirloom Sewing, Smocking and Hand Embroidery

"Baby will be well and smiling in little garments made by Mother, Auntie, Grannie and loving friends!"

Please join me as I teach the old fashioned techniques and skills needed to sew baby clothes. You will find lessons that start at the very beginning and take you step by step as we sew little baby clothes together. May you find much joy and pleasure in making them.
It's easy and it's fun!!

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Monday, September 15

It's Sew Heavenly - Come to Class this Fall

Brenda and Lacie are the heart of "It's Sew Heavenly".
They are the ones who choose the best and prettiest fabrics  and laces to offer.

They have created an atmosphere where you are inspired to sew and they are happy to help you find the right materials for your project.

They keep the classroom small so the students can get more out of the class.
Smaller classes mean more personal instruction.

I'm very excited to be going back to teach for It's Sew Heavenly this fall.
They treat every one of us like we are "Queen for the Day"

It's Fun!

I'm in the throw's of makeing the beautiful Dress for the Class Project.
I am using Toddlers Summer Dresses Pattern.

But the lovely dress we are making has been created just for this class.

Our Dress will be….Linen, Lace and Beautiful Embroidey!  
Add a touch of Hemstitching and Construction Techniques and this class is the perfect combination.

Join us as we make a lovely Summer Dress.

This is not the dress but it will be similar. 
 The yoke is embellished with lace that is attached with just a wee bit of hemstitching.

 Both bodice and skirt are lined for a nice finish and you can choose to make Size 1,2 or 3.  

The Techniques included in class are - Lace that is attached to fabric with the Hand Hemstitch (Just a little bit of Hemstitching can add quite a splash to your garment!), Machine Stitched Tucks, Lace to Fabric, Lining the dress and construction of a sleeveless Yoke dress.  Some special Embroidery Stitches are included along with old favorites. You will love the hem I have designed for you.  

sample of Old Fashioned Double Featherstitching
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The Old Fashioned Double Featherstitching (or I could call it the French Acadian Antique Featherstitching since I learned it in South Louisiana).  This Featherstitching is unique in that there are no written instructions for it, except for Jeannie B's Embroidery Book and I am very keen in bringing back this beautiful stitch.

 Irish Bullion Rose

Another Stitch I have garnered through examining antique Baby Clothing is the bullion Irish Rose.  The center of this flower is an Eyelet with Bullions stitched in such a way that I think it resembles the Irish Rose.  I will show another way for when you just aren't in the mode for stitching eyelets!

We will also make a pretty Heirloom Pillowcase to practise our new skills on.

And come away with two lovely projects.

There will be three wonderful days of fun and informative stitching by hand and machine.

 I hope to see you there.

It's Sew Heavenly….for more information.

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Sunday, September 14

Money Matters..

This sweet little Dolly Girl was made by a doll artist who authors the Blog:

She had a post recently that as a fellow needle artist and CEO of my own little Business was appropriate to me.  

It will be appropriate to anyone who has any job. Because we all want to be valued for what we do and we also need to make a living.

But we who make a living, either full or part time in the area that many consider a "domestic skill"  are not always taken seriously in our business capacity.

Her Blog Post is: Money Matters.  And she talks about the value of her time, skill, experience and talent that goes into her Doll Making.

All her posts are charming and I know you will enjoy them.   If you are in the business of sewing, designing or teaching needle arts, you will find this post uplifting.

Never devalue the gifts that were given you.  

And if you are lucky enough to be able to earn a living using your gifts.  Well….

just be thankful!

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights.."
 James 1:17

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Friday, September 12

Saga News

I received my latest issue of Saga News.

This was a wonderful issue….all about Wee Care, including patterns and stitching information.

I love it.

The only way you can receive this is by being a member of the Smocking Guild of America (Saga).

When you are a member, you can count yourself as one of the elect people who support the Needle arts such as  Smocking, Fine Embroidery, Heirloom Sewing and more.  We are a group who want to keep these skills alive to pass down to others.

Plus…we just have alot of fun doing it.

from the latest issue of Saga News
Join us?

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Wednesday, September 10

Creative Needlework Market - Post Two

This is a booth that everyone runs to when the market opens.

They bring lots of fabric and also have a special sale section.

These bolts of fabric go fast….come early for best selection.

Products From Abroad is an interesting Booth.

Lots of pretty and neat trims.

I hope the shop near you brought home a box of French Ribbon like this.

They are all so pretty.

The blue with pink roses is my favorite.

Ginger Snap Designs was also at Market. 
She had lots of cute samples and all her patterns and books available for purchase.

There were more booths that I didn't get a chance to photograph.

I think we all had a real good time!

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Tuesday, September 9

Creative Needlework Market - Fun!

Welcome to "The Old Fashioned Baby" Booth at the Creative Needlework Market!

Wholesale - For the trade.  
Ask your shop keeper what they brought home!

It was held in Birmingham this past weekend.

I had all my goodies to sell, including vintage buttons.
I have so many buttons that are only available at market.

And I had special Market prices!

And garments displayed for inspiration.

This is the lacy version of my pattern Baby Rose.

I have a few pictures of other booths too.

Farmhouse Fabrics had a booth across from me so I got to see all the fun trims they brought with them to sell.

And the samples they brought to show the cute ways you can use them.

Seeing garment samples is one of the reasons you come to market.

It gives you ideas to bring home to your customers.

And the opportunity to purchase just the items you need to duplicate the samples.

One of my favorite booths is…of course... Capitol Imports.

Purveyor of fine lace and fabric.
Do I love lace?
You bet!

Capitol Imports always brings something to tempt me.

And at special prices not available for purchase any other way.

See more on my next post….

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Saturday, September 6

Going to Birmingham Market - to sell Buttons and more

I have Mother of Pearl Buttons.

Millions of Mother of Pearl Buttons.  Lovely Buttons, Beautiful Buttons.

Old but never used Buttons.  Buttons they don't make anymore Buttons.

They are for Sale!

I am on my way to the Birmingham Creative Needlework Market.

It is a Wholesale Market -   For the trade.

I will be there selling Buttons, Patterns, my Book, some fabric and Baby Pins…
 this Sunday, September 7.

Held at the Marriott, 3590 Grandview Parkway

Look for me!

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