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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Friday, September 30

Saga 2016 - Embroidery For Babies

This was my Friday morning class (one week ago today).
Embroidery adds a personal touch to anything you make.

It's like your signature.  It's yours! It's unique! And it's beautiful!

Below you will see some pretty examples.

My advice to you:  

See the beauty in what you stitch today. 
It's a journey.

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Thursday, September 29

Saga 2016 - Fine Hemstitching on a Daygown

I love this Daygown with a contrast sleeve band attached with the Hand Hemstitch.
Last Thursday at the Saga Convention I was teaching this class.

The pattern is Baby's First Daygown.

If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you can see where the Bias Neck Binding is stitched to the Daygown using the Pinstitch.  It's another pretty stitch with many applications.

In this Bonnet you can see the Hemstitching.  Click to enlarge.    The front band and also a tuck is attached with the Hemstitch.

The Bonnet is a reproduction of an antique. 
 There is a kit available so you can make it exactly like mine.  

The pattern is Miss Bufords Bonnet.

This Baby Gown is from another class.
The pattern is  Baby Layette.  But I don't have the class instructions as a kit. 

Lace has been attached to the yoke using the Hemstitch.

At the bottom of the Gown, there is Hemstitching which is pretty and old fashioned.

Hemstitching is something I love to do. 
 It's relaxing to stitch and beautiful to look at.

Keep the Needle Arts alive!

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Wednesday, September 28

Saga 2016 - Fancy French Yokes

On Wednesday we had our first Convention Class.
I taught Fancy French Yokes.

It was a class on how to design your own yoke and the Machine French techniques needed to do this.

We talked about a  Lace Design on the Yoke.

And how embroidery needs to be balanced.

The embroidery on the dress above is the same design as the picture before it.  But with an added technique.  Hemstitching. The lace in the center was hand hemstitched to the yoke.  Some of my students continued on in my class the next day where they stitched the Hand Hemstitch.  It can also be Machine Hemstitched if you have the sewing machine to do it.

We talked about stabilizing the yoke when it is made with lots of lace.
In the above dress (Antique Toddler Dresses pattern) the yoke is a square yoke.  The ruffle has been added to it to create the look of a round yoke.

I love designing and I was pleased with the designs my students came up with!
I hope they learned lots.  

 "A Lovely Yoke will bring a persons eye naturally up to the childs sweet face.  And this is where it should be.  The garment should not overshadow the child but rather enhance and flatter the one wearing it.  The rest of the garment can take embellishment cues from the techniques stitched on the Yoke but should never outshine the Yoke."
Jeannie B. 2017

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Tuesday, September 27

Saga 2016 - Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg - like visiting the past.
I was too busy having fun at the Saga National Convention to post my pictures in real tine!

This is what I was doing one week ago today.  I came a day early to take advantage of the fantastic tour arranged for us at Historical Williamsburg.

The rain didn't stop us.
Joyce and Lindsay arranged this wonderful trip and took care of everything!

Thank you both so much!

If you have a chance to visit - it is a fun experience.

We were lucky enough to have guides telling us about life in Colonial times.
The focus of our tour was Textiles, of course.

We were so excited to go into the Milliners Shop.

The Milliner Shop sold much more than Hats.  They sold fabric, baby and children's clothing, trims and much more.  Click HERE for great information.

Inside the small building, there were samples of items that might be purchased in the shop.

A seamstress was busy stitching up a gown for a customer.
(imagine sewing in such poor lighting - no Ott light anywhere!)

The lady on the right is the mistress of the shop.  In charge of every aspect of the work.  Read about the history  HERE.

  During our tour at the Weavers, we saw fabric created on a loom.

Lunch at a local Tavern was a fun experience and an opportunity to rest and get away from the rain.

We all enjoyed the shop that actually sold fabric by the yard and sewing items.
Sterling Thimbles were the coveted item.

It was a wonderful Day!!

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Sunday, September 11

Dovo Scissor Shipment

I received a shipment of Dovo Scissors straight from Germany where they're made.

Just about the finest scissors available!

They came just in time to bring with me to the Saga Convention.

I'll have them at The Old Fashioned Baby booth at the Friday market.

See you there!

Thursday, September 8

Birds of a Feather….

Sweet sewing Blue Birds!

Birds of a Feather Flock Together!

So true.  I love being with like minded people.

How do you like my towel perched above my china hutch.  It goes with the blue and white dishes. It can be a Tea Towel.

My like minded Friend stitched this pretty towel for me.

We have fun together.

How do you like my towel hanging in the bathroom? It can  be a hand or face towel.  It's a lovely, soft fabric.

We were together in a fabric shop when she bought this toweling to make me something.

And the colors go together so well in my bathroom!

She asked me what I would like stitched on it.
I told her birds.

Blue is my favorite color.

Here my towel is …covering my Featherweight Sewing Machine.  In my sewing room, I could enjoy it all the time!
What do you think?

She surprised me when she gave it to me a week later.  So fast!!

I love it.

Friends are the best.

"A man that has friends must show himself friendly, and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother."
Proverbs 18:24

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