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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Teaching for Saga Boston Stitch Party - March 2017

Smocking Arts Guild of America
Boston Stitch Party

Boston, MA
March 2017

I am so excited about the classes that have been selected for me to teach in Boston!

Hand Embellished Baby Gertrude

In this class you will learn a bushel full of techniques that can be added to your growing stitching knowledge.  While working on a sweet Gertrude style Baby Slip, you will stitch Lace to Fabric using the hand Pinstitch and sew Whip Tucks (also known as Overhand Tucks) between the lace insertions.  You will learn how to stitch a tiny Self Facing and a tiny decorative Shell Hem. You will see how to evenly gather and stitch Lace Edging to the front neck of the slip and learn several methods to finish the hem.  Jeannie will include a handout to take home that has additional ideas about lovely ways to finish a Baby  Slip.  Basic Featherstitching and Bullion Rosebuds included in class time.  All this can be applied to other garments.  It's all about the details!!

(photo is of antique Baby Dresses/Daygowns from Jeannie's collection)

French Handsewing for Baby

Come with me into a world where the pace slows down.  A place where there is time to hold fine fabric in hand as you enjoy each stitch.  Enter your  future of fine fabric, laces and threads.  In this busy, busy world we need to find time to step away from the hurry.   In this class you will be  learning and perfecting the fine stitching techniques needed to take you into the wonderful world of French Hand Sewing.  

We will copy an antique Baby Dress/Daygown (which can be tailored for a boy or girl baby) from Jeannie's vintage collection using her easy to follow pattern with additional class handouts and instructions.

Handsewing would not be complete without lovely embroidery and the tiniest of Bullion Flowers, French Knots, Chain Stitch and Antique Double Featherstitch will embellish this lovely baby garment.

This is a wonderful stitching and fun event that you don't want to miss!

To become a Smocking Arts Guild member and sign up for this Retreat, visit the Saga Website.
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