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, February 11

My February Stitching Week - Day 7

Day 7 is all about Embroidery.

I worked on the embroidery for the class I'm teaching at Farmhouse Fabrics in March.

I want to give my students choices.

Bullion choices.

There's lots of ways to use Bullions in your embroidery.

And I want to show my students some of the Bullion Flowers that can be substituted in my embroidery design.

There is NOTHING like a class to learn embroidery. 

 It takes the eyes of the teacher to see the problems you are haveing with your stitches.  It takes the eyes of the student to see how the teacher holds her needle and how she executes each movement in the embroidery stitch.  It all makes a difference.

I Love Bullion Roses.

Outside of my dress.

I also stitched the old fashioned underarm tucks that are in this cute dress.
Emma's Smocked Baby Dresses (we aren't smocking our dress).

Inside of my dress…underarm tuck.

They can give a bit more fullness in the skirt without adding to the bulk at the top of the dress.

And I  embroidered simple Bullion Roses between the buttonholes.

If you can't take my class at Farmhouse Fabrics (and I wish you all could!), then you can still learn how to stitch these Bullion Roses.  

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Wednesday, February 10

My February Week of Stitching - Day 6

Bunny and I spent the afternoon working on our Block of The Month Quilt.

Above, you can see that we each finished the center block of the quilt!

I really like these fabrics.

After Bunny left, I cheated.  I couldn't help myself.

We are sooooo close to being finished that I started putting the blocks together.

I can't wait to see it done!

And that is the sewing I did on Day 6.  I hope you were able to sew too.

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Monday, February 8

My February Stitching Week - Day 5 (Tips)

I love the back of this pattern.  Love the tucks.

I worked on my Dress for my class at Farmhouse Fabrics next month.

I stitched the Buttonholes in the Dress Back.

I have marked where I want to embroider a flower on the back of my baby dress.

These are the buttons I've chosen for this dress.  I have buttons "kept back" for special and I like to use them in my kits.

Tip: It is important to stitch the Buttonholes before you complete any type of neck finish.  This is because once the neck is finished, the fabric will not feed as well on your machine.  The neck binding or neck entredeux are bulky while your fabric where the buttonholes will be is flat.  This affects the top Button Hole on your dress or daygown.  The result is the sewing machine refusing to feed at the same rate it did on the flat fabric and can even stop feeding while your thread stitches over and over in the same place. 

* And always use an appropriate stabilizer under the Buttonhole.  For fine fabrics I usually use a plain white tissue like the kind you wrap gifts in.  This also helps the fabric to feed evenly.

*Always do a sample Buttonhole in the garment fabric to test size and tension.

* If you do not have a Baby Size Buttonhole setting on your machine, narrow the stitch width just slightly to make your Buttonhole more delicate than what you would use on an adult garment.

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Saturday, February 6

My February Week of Sewing - Day 4

today was Featherstitching day…

I spent the morning, embroidering by the fire.

Taking breaks for tea and a book.

I had built the fire up to a blazing heat. 
 So my Brown Dog took his nap behind my chair.

I love to Featherstitch.  
It is a rhythm stitch.  This stitch requires a bit of warming up until I reach the rhythm where the stitches fall in into place and I am picking up the same amount of fabric in my needle each time.  And I am moving down the design line evenly.  It's a good feeling….

and all is good with my world.

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Thursday, February 4

My February Week of Sewing - Day 3

Block 12 - Done!!
Today, my Friend Bunny and I worked on our Mystery Block of the Month quilt.

The mystery has been over awhile because  the year was up last summer 
and we had all the block kits.  They just needed done!

The fabrics are pretty and I have renewed vigor to finish this quilt because it will go to my oldest Granddaughter.  And it's fun to sew with Bunny.

If you look at the above picture, all the empty white squares are the Blocks we have been working on.  They are now complete so we will begin to put everything together.  

I guess we start with the block in the middle.  Who would have ever thought I could do this?  Who could have ever thought I would want to?  But it's fun.

I love to sew!

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Wednesday, February 3

My February Week of Sewing - Day2

We will be stitching on this heavenly pink handkerchief Linen.

I worked on my class for Farmhouse Fabric in March.
And I was busy!

I determined how much fabric I needed when using 60" wide Linen.
…so I can start on my kits.

I stitched this lovely lace to the hem of my dress.

AND…..this took some time.

I determined which color floss I would use for the embroidery.

After auditioning two different stitches, I decided which stitch I would use for ONLY ONE of the stitches on the yoke design.

I decided how many strands of the floss I needed to get the right look for that stitch.
(I did this by trying each stitch…see above…using one strand and two)

I tried different needles to see which one worked best for this stitch and this fabric.

I worked the stitch over and over and over (the pic above is not all my stitches) to see how big the stitch needed to be.

I worked the stitch over and over to find out the right tension for this stitch and this fabric.

I worked this stitch over and over to see the difference it might make using different methods to tie onto the fabric.

I worked the stitch over and over and over again using different combinations of the above.

And after stitching all the combinations above to be sure….I found the right color floss, the right stitch, the right number of strands of floss, the right needle, the correct tension, the method that worked best for attaching the floss to the fabric.

And whew! I was mentally tired.

So I went to my quilting neighbors house….

…and worked on my Peter Rabbit Baby Blanket which I am quilting.

No decisions to make.  Just the same old Running Stitch over and over.

And chatted about absolutely nothing remotely important to world affairs!

And it was a nice day.

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