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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Thursday, May 21

Flowers in My Sewing Room

The two Roses on my Sewing Room desk are old porcelain roses.
Pretty and practical and vintage!

Love the combination.

They were a  gift from a student in my class at Beth's Heirloom Sewing Shop.
They once belonged to her Mother so they are special.

Roses in my kitchen too.  
This time from my garden. They are David Austin's Graham Thomas.

I love Roses!

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Monday, May 18

Stilleto vs Awl in Eyelet Embroidery.

This is  a Tapered Tailor's Awl, (available in my Web Store).

The fact that it is tapered makes it useful for a variety of Eyelet types and sizes.  
I use it for both fine, tiny eyelets and  larger open eyelets.

This beautiful silver Stiletto was a gift from a sweet sewing friend.
Useful and lovely are the very best of all!

It is also tapered. 
 It is  vintage and has a gauge that is adjustable so you can control the size of the eyelet for consistency. Kinda cool.

The lower two vintage stilettos were given me.  The top one is silver and I found it at a Paris Flea Market.  I just love saying that….I found it at a Paris Flea Market!!!

All three  Stilettos above are tapered.  


  1. a small pointed tool used for piercing holes, especially in leather.

    Do an image search on the internet and you will see a variety of tools used for piercing holes.  Some delicate and fine, some resemble early stitching tools (think - tribes people sewing soft leather for shoes) and some look like small tools that are sturdy and might be found in a mans Tool Box.

    My assorted Collection. All usable.

  1. 1
    a short dagger with a tapering blade.
a thin, high, tapering heel on a woman's shoe.
"the rapid click of stiletto heels on pavement"

Stiletto -  a pointed instrument for piercing holes for eyelets or embroidery - 
a short dagger with a pointed blade

The two stilettos above are not tapered.  They are very handy when making several small eyelets because you don't need to worry how far into the fabric you are inserting the stiletto.  They will be a consistent size.

Do an image search on the Internet for Stiletto and you will see mostly ornate old Daggers and lots of high heeled shoes, with an occasional sewing stiletto which also turned up in the search for Awls.

However - when you change the search to Sewing Awl - You get alot more of the delicate tools you expect to see in an Embroidery Basket and still many of the hardy type for leather.

Change the search to Sewing Stiletto and you get mostly lovely tools for an Embroidery Basket along with the hardy type for leather.

It wouldn't surprise me if you get many differing opinions - especially from the "experts"!

This stiletto fastens into the case to keep it safe.
This beautiful Stiletto is hand made from Olive Wood and given me by another sweet sewing friend.

It is especially important that the stiletto be smooth and pointed.  If you are looking for vintage, examine it carefully because they are hard to find in good working order.

Conclusion about Awls and Stilettos - They are basically all tools to pierce holes in something.  Based on the Image search for Sewing Stilettos vs Sewing Awls…..I would much rather have my pick from the Stilettos so I am going with that.

I always perfer the pretty ones!!

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Saturday, May 16

Old Featherstitching on Linen

This Featherstitching was on an old Linen Pillowcase. 

Real Linen, as in Linen fabric.

Oh to have had this Pillowcase brand new.  With gorgeous lace, fine hemstitching and beautiful featherstitching.  Who wouldn't have sweet dreams?
When the Pillowcase wore out, they must have cut off the end to save the lace.
But if you look closely at the top you can see that they cut right through the featherstitching! :(

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Thursday, May 14

Cute Baby Girl in Pretty Dress!

Jane sent this sweet picture. 

She made this dress in a class with the Victorian Smockers in 2014.
Sweet. Sweet. Sweet.

The class is "Rosebuds and Hemstitching a Baby Daydress".

Close-up of the class dress.

Bullion Rosebuds are plentiful!

Hemstitching is so much fun.

I love making this dress!  I love all the techniques on it!  I love the way it looks!

I have Linen all ready to make another one in …White!

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Wednesday, May 13

Pretty Baby Clothes / Victorian Smockers

Jane finished her Antique T-yoke Baby Dress.


And Susan finished her T-Yoke Christening Gown from the same class I taught for the Victorian Smockers in Florida.

I love her Gown!

It thrills me to see the wonderful creations completed from a class I teach.

Thank you for sharing these pictures with me.

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Monday, May 11

Thimbles - Are You a Digitabulist?? I am!

Some of my Thimbles (but not all of them!)

Every couple of years I do a post on Thimbles.  Usually inspired by the purchase of a new Thimble, which is what happened here.  

    Digitabulist. Thimbles have been considered through out history to be good luck. A Digitabulist is someone that collects thimbles. The Fingerhut Museum in Creglingen Germany ( is a museum dedicated solely to thimbles. Thimbles have been used for more than the practical sewing aid; they have also been used as a method of for advertising. Some things that have been advertised on thimbles are teas, cough syrup, soap, cocoa, milk, boat polish, bread, insurance and politicians. The Royal Worcester thimbles are the most looked-for thimbles when collecting, they are beautifully hand painted and some of these thimbles contain the name of the painter. The most practical thimbles are the Dorcas thimbles; these are solid, durable thimbles. Wooden thimbles especially those from Germany are a prized collection items but are exceptionally rare. Along with thimbles collectors also collect the thimble cases. These cases were used to keep thimbles safe from being misplaced or lost. The cases like the thimbles come in a variety of shapes and sizes, colours, and can be plain to overly decorated. Wood is the most common type of material used for the thimble cases.   For more cool information - see their SITE.

Three  useful Thimbles.
You need a Thimble in the right size.  And the sizes don't seem to be standard. The thimbles that fit me range in size from 9 to 12.  And thimbles of the same size can fit differently depending on how small the top of the thimble is.

You always need to try them on for size.

This one is a size 10.

Thimbles are stamped with the size.  Some are stamped on the inside like the one shown above.  Many are stamped on the outside.  You have to try them on to know what size you need.  I have large square fingers so I use a large thimble which is more difficult to find.  I am always looking for them as I tend to misplace them frequently!

This is an antique Thimble Holder and the thimble that came with it.
Do you see the little post in the center of the Thimble Holder?

That is to keep the thimble  safe from rattling around.

Use the Thimble on the middle finger.  It must be large enough to fit comfortably but small enough so it won't slip off.

All sewers should learn to use a thimble.  Not only does it protect your finger but it allows you to sew faster.  You use the thimble to push the needle through your fabric.

Anyone who can use a fork can use a Thimble!

This is a pretty Thimble Pouch made for me by a Friend.

They all live together on my sewing shelf.

Then Sewing Bird begins to Teach

"Little fingers, thin and nimble,
fit to one, a little thimble;
right hand - finger, number two - 
Put the hat on, - that will do."

Mary Frances put her thimble on the second finger of her right hand.  "I knew that much, Sewing Bird," she laughed.
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