Kid Sew Monogrammed Scarf

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Our 11 yo grandson, Robert, gets such a kick out of machine embroidery.  He is very, very savvy about technology so my Brother embroidery machines fascinate him.

 

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Recently, he monogrammed a polar fleece scarf for his mother, thoroughly enjoying the process of selecting, setting up and transferring the design to the machine.  Curious about the need for water soluble stabilizer on top, about why  we don’t hoop polar fleece, about how the machine knows which hoop is in place, etc. etc. etc.

He even made some design decisions, choosing to alternate the fill and outline colors between each letter.

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But he really wants to know just how the machine does what it does.  I just tell him to be grateful for its capabilities and DO NOT TRY TO TAKE IT APART!!!  If he tries, I threaten that I will cut his hair while he sleeps.  I almost wish he would make an attempt so I could shear those blond locks.

Straw Hats and Frog Pee

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Rebecca’s hat

 

Embroidered straw hats seem to be turning up everywhere–at the beach, in the park, even at church.  Stitching them must be tricky, I thought.

But while shopping, I spotted two nice hats marked way down and thought, why not try?  If I ruin  them, the loss is small.  If they finish nicely–well, great!  Our daughter would like one.  She always wears a big hat when she hits the beach with the children and they go very often.   So with two hats taking up room  in my crowded sewing room, I thought it was time to have a go at it.

 

The monogram is from Loralie's Loralesque collection.

The monogram is from Loralie’s Loralesque collection.

 

Just an hour or two before Rebecca arrived with her two children and her good friend Zahra with her two, I decided the time had come.  (Remember Dr. Suess’s Marvin K Mooney?  “The time has come, the time is now, just go go go. I don’t care how.”  I read that book  at least 500 times to my son and can quote most of it verbatim even now.)

I recalled that there was a tutorial at Embroidery Library about embroidering on straw hats.  It’s a GREAT tute.  After reading through the comprehensive instructions, the hats met my Brother Dream Machine which performed flawlessly.  In a very short while, I had a hat ready for each of the young mothers.

 

Zahra's monogrammed hat

Zahra’s monogrammed hat

 

Selecting a suitable design is very important.  I was happy with Rebecca’s Loralesque “C” but didn’t want Zahra’shat to have the same font.  They’re just too old for the Bobbsey Twins look.   The heavy satin stitching, for which I used only one color instead of the two indicated, was a poor choice.  Even with water soluble stabilizer over the area, the straw points refused to be flattened by the embroidery stitches.

 

the K is from JuJu's

I cannot recall who designed the K. Several other elements were deleted and the flower from Loralesque was added.  The spot on top is a raindrop that lingered on the passion vine on the  trellis.  It dried before they arrived and left no spot.

 

Both young mothers were very pleased with their hats.  And I know how to embroider these things. Now, if I can just find more on clearance.

 

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NANA FUN–FROG PEE

The mamas took the children to a photographer for an impromptu photo shoot.  7 yo Alastair and 7 yo Aliya have been playing together since before they could crawl.  So there is a lot of history between the two families.

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Disregarding the expected pairing by age, the children teamed up by gender.  The 5 and 7 yo boys were a squad while 7 yo and 3 yo girls made up the other duo.

All four children had all been swimming when the girls decided to hunt for the suddenly (wisely) elusive cats.  While they were out and about, the boys spotted something at the opposite end of the pool.  I mentioned that it might be the  tiny frog who considers this body  of water to be his legal residence.  But instead, it was a stick and not the frog.  That caught the boys’  interest.

Inquisitive 5 yo Kaden asked. “Does that frog pee in the pool?”

“Probably,” I replied.

The boys instantly chanted, “Frog pee!  Frog pee!  We’re swimming in frog pee!”

The girls gave up the cat hunt, returned to the pool and 3 yo Vivian Rose jumped in the water.  The boys immediately chanted, “Frog pee!  Frog pee!  Vivi, you’re swimming in frog pee!”

Undaunted, Vivian ducked under the surface, took a mouthful of pool water and spit it in her brother’s face.  “Frog pee!”  she hollered, then swam away.

The boys will have to work a lot harder to gross out this tough little miss.  And we thought she would be prissy.

One FF Cat with One Finally Finished UFO

FF (formerly feral) Rusty with CC Jane for Vivian Rose

FF (formerly feral) Rusty with FF (finally finished)  CC Jane for Vivian Rose

 

This little outfit has been sitting at the back of my cutting table for almost a year now.  Why?  Because after embroidering the tricycle I thought a lighter pink applique fabric would have looked better.  I got as far as cutting out another front, but never got to the re-embroidery.  So it sat. Until last week.

 

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Children’s Corner Jane, one of my go-to-patterns for wiggly Vivian Rose, with an added angel sleeve ruffle. The pattern is so simple, perfect for embellishing one way or another.

When I took it outside to photograph because the lighting is so much better, my ever-loving, always-seeking-affection feline fella Rusty jumped into a pot of geraniums to be near me.  It was a cat photobomb. But I  just kept shooting as sunset was approaching.

Some readers might remember this photo of grandson Alastair with kitten Rusty, who was discovered with his recently feral mama in our old vacant chicken house.  That was in an earlier post, Sew Lucky, Sew Beautiful, .

Alastair and tiny Rusty kitten

Grandson Alastair is wearing his Big Brother shirt and holding tiny Rusty.   Mama Alina is keeping close to her kitten. He never was camera shy.

 

A most unusual cat, he has grown up to be as social, loving and attentive as any dog we’ve had.

 

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Tsum Tsum Toddler Outfit

Simplicity 1475 with Brother iBroidery.com Tsum Tsum embroidery

Simplicity 1475 pattern with Brother’s iBroidery.com Tsum Tsum Disney embroidery

Tsum Tsum? “What’s that?” I said when Brother asked me to create a project using the new collection of Disney Tsum Tsum embroidery designs.  So I did some research and this is what I learned.

According to Wikipedia:  Disney Tsum Tsum is the name of a range of collectible stuffed toys based upon popular Disney characters….. The name is derived from the Japanese verb tsumu meaning “to stack”, because the toys are designed to stack on top of each other, forming a pyramid shape………[1]

For a toddler’s grandmother, this is important information!  Since my first grandchild came of age recognizing commercially promoted characters, it’s been a steep learning curve for this Nana.  I’ve struggled to become conversant  about Wiggles, Backyardigans, Pokemon Ninjas and more.  Now it’s Tsum Tsum which covers Disney characters  from Frozen to Mickey’s Gang and still more!  Whew! Continue reading

Summer Camp Sewing

items embroidered for Alastair's summer camp

items embroidered for Alastair’s summer camp

 

MY-OH-MY!  This summer is just flying by.  Among other activities, I have been busy embroidering gear for our 7 yo grandson Alastair’s first sleepaway camp experience.  Each item in this huge pile carries the camp logo.

I have to say again how much I love machine embroidery for so many reasons.  Saving money is just one. Participating in his camp preparations is another.

 

Watitoh entrance

 

A long list was issued with required “logo-ed” screen printed items, such as a minimum of four $17.99 tees from the camp store.  After getting approval for the substitution of machine embroidery over printed, Alastair’s clever mama (my darling daughter) ordered blanks for all required gear and much more.  At a 24-hour, on-line flash sale, she purchased his things for less than $70 from the same manufacturer as items from the camp store.   Meanwhile, I got to work preparing the machine embroidery design. Fortunately, it is a simple logo. Continue reading

Nana’s Nursery Closet Sale #15

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Yet again, it’s time to move things out of the nursery closet to make room for new clothes for the grandchildren.  Take a look.  You just might find something you can use.

TO MAKE A PURCHASE: If there is something you would like to buy:

  • 1.  Specify the item number and leave your request as a comment at the end of this post.
  • 2.  Your e-mail will be visible to me but not to other readers.  I will correspond with you privately for payment information.
  • 3.  Payment may be made via Paypal or personal check.  Shipping will be added to all prices.  Insurance at buyer’s discretion. Just let me know at time of purchase.
  • 4.  If you have never before posted a comment, it will not visible until I have approved it. After the approval, all of your comments will be posted immediately.
  • 5. Or send an e-mail to me at NCcabin@aol.com with the specifics of your chosen purchase.
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Lace Tape Christening Gown, $85. Swiss batiste, lace tape, tatting, entredeux, pintucks, feather stitching. Read more Lace Tape Christening Gown.

#151~~~Lace Tape Christening Gown, $85. Swiss batiste, lace tape, tatting, entredeux, pintucks, feather stitching. Read more Lace Tape Christening Gown.

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$18 forsize 2 pink microcheck bishop smocked with watermelons. Angel sleeves are edged with baby heirloom lace. I did not make this--it was a gift. But it is well made and in good condition.

SOLD pending payment #152~~~$18 for pink microcheck bishop smocked with watermelons. Angel sleeves are edged with baby heirloom lace. I did not make this–it was a gift. But it is well made and in good condition.

 

$20 green corduroy boy's smocked Christmas Romper, 3 months. Worn once. New, never worn, forest green featherwale corduroy with picture smocked insert.

#153~~~$20 green corduroy boy’s smocked Christmas Romper, 3 months. Worn once, forest green featherwale corduroy with picture smocked insert.

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BIG News!

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Dear Readers,

I am so excited to share my big news with you— I have been invited to be a member of Brother’s new  Stitching Sewcial   blogger team.  Humbly, I join several expert celebrity sewists who have packed the blog with inspirational projects, tutorials and videos on topics from quilting, serging, sewing, embroidery, and more! On this site, I am in some pretty esteemed company!

Two of my projects are posted now, the first of which is the Ariel sleeping bag for 18″ dolls such as American Girl.  This would be a very popular accessory for youngsters who want comfort and style for their dolls.

 

Do you recognize my granddaughter's Kit wearing her smocked lace tape nightie?

Do you recognize my granddaughter’s Kit wearing Mollie’s Lace Tape Nightie?  Ariel’s name is embroidered on the pillow under Kit’s head.

 

The second project is a Zootopia themed knapsack.  It was such fun to read and familiarize myself with the movie. I needed to know something about this Disney cartoon delight to stitch.  Before the movie was released and after some research, I came up with a handy bag for the junior crime-stopping deputies of Zootopia’s police department.

The designs for each project are available at iBroidery.com.

These Stitching Sewcial assignments are helping me keep up with the grandchildren and what they are chattering about.  Do you know who Judy Fox is?  Officer Clawhauser? Chief Bogo?  Look them up.  The children will respect your in-the-moment savvy.  They will LOVE you if you make this knapsack for them.

Image #15 close--both ribbons through grommets

 

Each month another of my posts,  complete with a detailed tutorial, will appear as the machine embroidery post.  Working up projects and tutorials for Stitching Sewcial has keep me pretty busy for the last few months.  And I have loved every minute working on these Disney-themed assignments.

Please take a look at this new sewing venture.  If you have a moment and are so inclined I would reeeeeally appreciate any comments posted to Stitching Sewcial.

Nana’s Nursery Closet Sale #14

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Again, 9 more items are looking for a new home. Some I stitched with so much love, others were commercially but beautifully made and at least one is new.  were lovinglyI hope you find something you like.

TO MAKE A PURCHASE: If there is something you would like to buy:

  • 1.  Specify the item number and leave your request as a comment at the end of this post.
  • 2.  Your e-mail will be visible to me but not to other readers.  I will correspond with you privately for payment information.
  • 3.  Payment may be made via Paypal or personal check.  Shipping will be added to all prices.  Insurance at buyer’s discretion. Just let me know at time of purchase.
  • 4.  If you have never before posted a comment, it will not visible until I have approved it. After the approval, all of your comments will be posted immediately.
  • 5. Or send an e-mail to me at NCcabin@aol.com with the specifics of your chosen purchase.
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$35 for size 3 Swiss eyelet Angel Fish dress. Antique Swiss handloom angel fish form the yoke which is trimmed with Swiss beading, black ribbon and tatting. This was made for a Sew Beautiful photo shoot and worn once by my granddaughter. No buttons or buttonholes. It was closed with beauty pins but they are not included. More photo and information is posted here.

SOLD #141—$35 for size 3 Swiss embroidered flounce angel fish dress. Antique Swiss handloom angel fish on organdy form the yoke which is trimmed with Swiss beading, black ribbon and tatting. This was made for a Sew Beautiful photo shoot and worn once by my granddaughter. No buttons or buttonholes. It was closed with beauty pins but they are not included. More photo and information is posted here.

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$15 + postage for size 2 Children's Corner Callie. Straps and borders are vintage Liberty tana lawn brown bunnies.

#142—$17 for size 2 Children’s Corner Callie. Straps and borders are vintage Liberty tana lawn brown bunnies.

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#143—$20 for pink Strasburg Children bubble, size 24 months. There are more than 100 bullions–in the smocking, on the yoke, collar and bias sleeve bands.  Very pretty and in like new condition.

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Nana’s Nursery Closet Sale #13

Here are 9 more items ready to move out of Nana’s nursery closet and into yours.  Please take a look–there is no room for the new things I am making for the grandchildren’s upcoming visit.

TO MAKE A PURCHASE: If there is something you would like to buy:

  • 1.  Specify the item number and leave your request as a comment at the end of this post.
  • 2.  Your e-mail will be visible to me but not to other readers.  I will correspond with you privately for payment information.
  • 3.  Payment may be made via Paypal or personal check.  Shipping will be added to all prices.  Insurance at buyer’s discretion. Just let me know at time of purchase.
  • 4.  If you have never before posted a comment, it will not visible until I have approved it. After the approval, all of your comments will be posted immediately.
  • 5. Or send an e-mail to me at NCcabin@aol.com with the specifics of your chosen purchase.
$20 for 2-piece Liberty tana lawn sundress, size 18 months, Children's Corner "Katina." Three large growth tucks could extend the dress's length of wear. Ruffle bottom bloomers complete the outfit.

SOLD #131—$20 for 2-piece, smocked Liberty tana lawn sundress, size 18 months, Children’s Corner “Katina.” Three large growth tucks could extend the dress’s length of wear. Ruffle bottom bloomers shown below complete the outfit.  For more photos see A Happy Little Dress blog post.

#131 bloomers

#131 bloomers

#132—$50, size newborn. This has been one of my dearest treasures, ordered more than 25 years ago from a student in one of my classes somewhere in Ohio. I put it aside for my grandmother’s hope chest. It is delicately tatted with fine thread and was never worn. It was recently discovered in a storage bin put away when a hurricane destroyed half of our house and things were hastily thrown in bins. It came with no ties so I added antique 3/8″ silk grosgrain ribbon ties with an embroidered rosette. This seems small to me, but our 8-10 lb. grandbabies all had heads that were off the charts. So I’m not a good judge. Still, it looks to be newborn size.

SOLD #132—$50, size newborn. This has been one of my dearest treasures, ordered more than 25 years ago from a student in one of my classes somewhere in Ohio. I put it aside for my grandmother’s hope chest. It is delicately tatted with fine thread and was never worn. It was recently discovered in a storage bin put away when a hurricane destroyed half of our house and things were hastily thrown in bins. It came with no ties so I added antique 3/8″ silk grosgrain ribbon ties with an embroidered rosette. This seems small to me, but our 8-10 lb. grandbabies all had heads that were off the charts. So I’m not a good judge. Still, it looks to be newborn size.

 

$20 + postage for Liberty tana lawn smocked "novelty" bishop, size 3. Used but in good condition.

SOLD  #133–$18+ postage for Liberty tana lawn smocked “novelty” bishop, size 3. Used but in good condition.  Read more about it in this blog post.

$15, size 0-3 mo. Gator fans, get your new baby ready for kickoff! Swiss pique shirt, pima cotton bloomers. Worn twice.

#134–$15, size 0-3 mo. Gator fans, get your new baby ready for baseball finals or fall kickoff! Swiss pique shirt, pima cotton bloomers. Worn twice. Like new condition.  Read about it here.

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Nana’s Nursery Closet Sale #12

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Here we go again–nine sweet baby garments needing a new home. Some are new, some are blanks,  some are used.    Please help me ease the crowding in Nana’s nursery closet.  The next sale is scheduled for June 2.  It includes a sweet baby outfit for Gator Nation fans, a tatted bonnet, another play top similar to #129, an antique smocked daygown and more.

TO MAKE A PURCHASE: If there is something you would like to buy:

  • 1.  Specify the item number and leave your request as a comment at the end of this post.
  • 2.  Your e-mail will be visible to me but not to other readers.  I will correspond with you privately for payment information.
  • 3.  Payment may be made via Paypal or personal check.  Shipping will be added to all prices.  Insurance at buyer’s discretion. Just let me know at time of purchase.
  • 4.  If you have never before posted a comment, it will not visible until I have approved it. After the approval, all of your comments will be posted immediately.
  • 5. Or send an e-mail to me at NCcabin@aol.com with the specifics of your chosen purchase.
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SOLD #121~~$35 for antique lace bonnet, smocked, never worn. Has inserted horseshoe crown. This is a real treasure.

 

$10, size 6-9 months. Independence Day top, pique with rick rack and machine embroidery.

#122–$10, size 6-9 months. Independence Day top, pique with rick rack and machine embroidery.

 

 

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#122–Open back is buttoned with a gold star in a flag embroidered buttonhole.

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#123--bubble only -$12, size 3-6 months.  Swiss pique trimmed with rick rack and applique’d flag cupcake.  For more photos and info click here.

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