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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Sunday, April 10

Designing - For Sew Beautiful Column

The first thing I do  is to look through old books and magazines.  Sometimes I am looking at old baby clothes.   And I have a notebook and  files where I often jot down ideas.  I can always get article ideas from my files but I love to design.
Since I have been writing a regular column for Sew Beautiful magazine it feels like that is what I do most of the time.  No sooner do I get one article shipped off, but another due date is looming!

I require a Deadline to accomplish anything.  And it has to be imposed by someone other than myself.

I have chosen Anchor floss.  Pink, #48 and green, #213.  Pretty colors, both!

After deciding What I am doing, then I work on How I am doing it.  And part of the fun is in the choices.  That's also the most time consuming part for me.

And because I am doing handwork I am listening to a book on tape on my ipod

When everything's decided, I can just sail through the stitching part.

 I am listening to "Christy" by Catherine Marshall.  If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it.  I think I have read it 3 or 4 times over the years but this is the first time I have listened to it.

Of course I chose pretty lace!  The little edging is one of my new favorites.
The hem of my  garment. 

Soon it will be done and off to Sew Beautiful.

It's going to be pretty, I think! 

What I am reading: Isaiah 52:7

How beautiful upon the mountains 
are the feet of him who brings good news,
who publishes peace, 
who brings good news of happiness, 
who publishes salvation, 
who says to Zion, "Your God reigns."

All Designs Are Copyright Protected copyright 2010 Jeannie Baumeister


Kellie said...

What a wonderful afternoon!

Lisa said...

Appreciating your beautiful work. Christy is one of my favorite books. Have enjoyed it since high school. Julie is good also.

Families Are Like Fudge said...

Your work is beautiful. Where can you buy Anchor floss in the US?

Anonymous said...

How lucky you are to have those antique books and such to search through. Were they found here and there just antiquing over the years?

Cynthia Gilbreth said...

We are all so lucky to have you with all your talent designing these lovely clothes for us to make. Keep up the good work!

Eileen said...

Can't wait to see the finished product! Thanks for the reminder about Christy. I haven't read it in years but I remember loving it.

Jeannie B. said...

In answer to two questions: I carry Anchor floss but not in all the colors. Check with a needlework shop in your area for all the colors.
As to my old books, I have been collecting them for years and years. Sometimes I come across them in antique shops and sometimes I am the lucky recipient of kind friends who know how much I love these books and magazines (thank you kind friends!!).

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