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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Saturday, April 30

Sew Sew's Drink Lots of Tea and Sew Too!

Carol is making a dress from this blue Rosebud fabric.  And she found this beautiful blue and white tatting that is just perfect for her project.

She bought the hanky you see here just for the purpose of removing the Tatting to use on her dress.  She is so clever like that.  And there's more.

She found this old Crochet thread and put it to use.
She crocheted around a baby blanket, adding the lace as she went.  
Such a sweet and delicate touch.

Two more completed blankets by Diane.  Her Satin Stitch is supurb!

And Shirley was crocheting this tiny little edging on a Plisse baby blanket.

Bunny was working on the little Blue Linen Dress.

It was a beautiful day for a Garden Tea Party
We took our tea outside and sat on my porch.  Weather was perfect and the light was fantastic.

I had to go and fetch the Teapot so it would be handy!

Invite a friend over for Tea and stitching.  It's so much fun.

Mom's  (my Mother In Law's) Lemon Curd Recipe
3 Egg Yolks
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
1/2 cup melted butter (real butter)
1/2 cup sugar

1. Whisk together to blend well.
2. Cook 1 min in the microwave then whisk again.
3.  Cook 1 min (again) in the microwave, then whisk again.
4.  Cook 1 min (for the third time) in the microwave and whisk well.

Cool in the fridge, then serve in a pretty bowl or jam jar.
So yummy on Scones.

Now, how easy can that be??

"There are few hours in my life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."
Henry James

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Thursday, April 28

My Sew Sew's Come To Tea!

I spy alot of beautiful Bullions!!
Naturally we sewed!  
This is a project that is currently being taught at the French Handsewers Smocking Arts Guild meetings by talented member Suzette.

Using an issue of Inspirations magazine. Two of my friends were working on this project.

This is pieced by hand.  I love this Blue!!
This beautiful quilt was a show and share by my neighbor.  She is an amazing quilter and does everything by hand.  This is the front and now she needs to quilt it.

She is going to teach me! (when I get some time)

Notice the dish of Lemon Curd.  I will share this recipe with you.  It is so easy!

And it was a tea party!! So there were goodies to eat.
 I had expert helpers.

I served Earl Grey and Rose Tea (in honor of my blooming Roses)!

And Current Scones.

We will have to finish sewing on my next post as this is getting long.  Also Lemon Curd recipe coming up.

"Come and share a pot of tea, My home is warm and my friendship's free."
from: If Teacups Could Talk by Emilie Barnes

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Tuesday, April 26

White Wednesday - Beautiful Tea Towel

Beautiful Embroidery on a Vintage Tea Towel.

The Fabric is a fine Linen.  
Finer Linen than you can find today!
Don't you love the way it irons up so nicely?

I love the Blue embroidery against the white Linen.

You can see the beautifully worked Padded Satin Stitch as well as Eyelets.

And Hemstitching was worked as part of the design.

If you look at the hem on the bottom, it is pinstitched  in place on the back of the towel.  The edge of the front of the towel is hemstitched with a touch of blue embroidery thread at the very outside edge.
Very Fancy!

Having Tea in my Sewing Room with my Friend.

"A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one your forget about afterwards."
Pooh's Little Instruction Book

Join me and Faded Charm for White Wednesday!

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Monday, April 25

Fun Day With Miah!

I absolutely love the apron on this doll!!
One of the things we did on our special day was go to The Enchanted Mansion Doll Museum.

...but I am ahead of myself!

We started the day with whole wheat waffles that I made Miah for breakfast.

Then she did some things with Grandfather while I tinkered in my sewing room.
And finally I was ready to leave the house, so we went to lunch at one of our favorite restaurants.

Then..the doll museum with their special tea after the tour.

I couldn't pass up this book.  The illustrations alone called out to me!
Last stop was Barnes and Nobles where Miah picked out a book and  a pretty Bookmarker.

And I bought another "Blossom Street" book.  It is a series that centers around a charming street in Seattle and a Yarn Shop.  Makes me want to knit!!

a snippet from my Poem's for Mother's book

"Sleep my child and peace attend thee,
All through the night
Guardian angels God will send thee,
All through the night."

Harold Edwin Boulton (1839-1935)

I used to sing this to my youngest son...there are 5 more verses

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Sunday, April 24

My Best Easter Wishes To You Dear Friends

For the rest of the story, see the previous blog!

Thursday, April 21

Finest Embroidered Fabric

Fine White Swiss Batiste with Pink Eyelets.
Oops, I photographed the wrong side of this fabric.

This is the finest Swiss Batiste!  And the tiny embroidery and eyelets  sprinkled about  are beautiful (even if it is machine!).  I have many ideas about what to do with this fabric.  But I haven't done a one!!  Which one do I want to use??  There's my first roadblock.  

The pink is pretty!

My favorite color is blue.  AND I love anything blue and white!

This is the White you saw yesterday!

The white looks so pure, though.

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Tuesday, April 19

White Wednesday - Antique Baby Gown

This little Baby Gown is a sweet, sweet treasure.
It was passed along to me so that I might share it with you and others. Please notice the yoke.  It is made from embroidered fabric and is very fine.  A dear lady named Mary gave it to me.  You can see the bonnets she gave me here.  

Although it is a yoked style, there are few gathers at the yoke.  It is cut in more of an A-line style with a yoked bodice.  Mrs Buford Dextor (born in 1902) wore this gown made by either her Mother or Grandmother.

The ruffle at the hem was rolled and whipped and attached to lace insertion. There was alot of rolling and whipping going on here!  It is entirely hand stitched.  The hem of the ruffle was put in with a Hemstitch.  Lace edging sewn to the very bottom.

This is some Embroidered Swiss Batiste fabric that is very fine and embroidered all over.  It is perfect to duplicate this gown.

Babies  may start out small,
but the important thing is that they grow!
joan walsh anglund

This is my White Wednesday with Faded Charm!!

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Monday, April 18

Cute Button Pillow

A friend made me this cute Button Embellished Pillow.

I might have shown it to you before but I have been admiring it lately!

The stem to the flowers is the Chain Stitch.

I think it is very cleaver!!

Now, I must go prepare for a Tea Party.  My Sew Sew friends are coming today.  

I plan for us to sit in my garden with my Roses.  So I am calling it a Rose Tea Party.

Here are some of my roses.


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Friday, April 15

My Tea Table

This is my Antique Tea Table.

Isn't it pretty?

The "tray" lifts off.

Side view.  Beautiful legs!!

I love my Tea Table!!

My Brown Dog is sooo nosy.

What I am reading: Isaiah 55:8,9
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,"
declares the Lord,
"As the heavens are higher than the earth, 
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts."


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Thursday, April 14

Vintage Luxurious Pillowcases

Vintage pillowcases  I found while out and about in old shops.

Never used, still in the packaging.

Combed Percale.  
You would not believe how fine and smooth these are!  

I love the information!  "Luxurious".

I, for one, like luxurious in my pillowcases!

Sears, Roebuck and Co.

I need to decide if I am happy with them plain or will I embroider them.

Sweet Dreams!

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