free applique’ design 9 3/4, the train platform where students board the Hogwarts Express. Request the designs by leaving a comment at the end of this post.
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Our daughter and her family recently spent the day at Universal Studio’s Harry Potter World in Orlando. What a grand time they had!
“I don’t want to share with my sister.” “Ok, Daddy can drink it.” “I want to share with my sister.”
It’s no surprise that Alastair would be so smitten with Harry Potter. Both of his parents are rabid readers and great fans of the books and movies. Before Alastair, their first child, was born they asked me to sew a Harry Potter themed nursery for him.
The Harry Potter books have had such a great impact on 2nd grader Alastair, 8. Before he began the Harry series, he was a good reader but he did not enjoy it. Every night as he sat down to read for the required 20 minutes, he dreaded it. Once he began reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, he couldn’t wait for reading time, finishing hoework and chores quickly to have extra time. He read on the school bus, at the orthodontist office, and at every possible opportunity.
He even reads to his beloved NanNan when he visits her. Of course, his wand is at hand.
Alastair and his beloved NanNan
His reading comprehension, speed, vocabulary, and spelling skills have sky rocketed. He is just finishing book 6 and can’t wait to move on to book 7.
At Universal, Alastair bought his very own Hogwarts robe. Just where he plans to wear it outside Harry Potter World I can’t guess. But he loves it.
Part 1 of the 3-part detailed tutorial for the set is now posted here at Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial.
What a fun project this was! Disney’s machine embroidery designs at iBroidery.com reflect the awesome and mighty protector Elliot who has greater appeal for today’s action hungry youngsters. While the ’70’s version featured the sweet but goofy purple cartoon dragon Elliot, this 2016 dragon is the real deal. See the trailer here.
The set includes an a stippled sundry bag for his toothbrush and personal grooming items, embroidered shirt and shorts pajamas set, and a pillowcase with a burrito/turn tube hem. A drawstring makes it a tote for carrying all his gear to a sleepover.
You can see that the buttonhole is empty. For the child’s safety, the drawstring must be removed when the tote becomes a pillowcase.
The fun part of this design is the glowing fire spewing from Pete’s angry mouth. After the design was embroidered, I went back over that section with glow-in-the-dark thread. The design is positioned so that as a child lays his head on the pillow, he is looking at the dragon. In the dark, this is what he sees:
Each of my 4 grandchildren are fascinated and delighted by glow-in-the-dark embroidery. Why not try it on this pillowcase/tote? Part 1 of the tutorial is now posted here at Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial.
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.
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
Grandson Robert, 10 yo, embroidered this fleece poncho on my Brother Dream Machine.
Shops, internet and sewing groups inundate us with beautiful and adorable projects for our girls. Items for the boys appear far less frequently. Yet we want to shower them with the same love that is stitched into items made for our girls.
My friend Judy Day faithfully and thoughtfully includes something for her grandson in packages she sends with garments for her granddaughter. See one example in her Even Steven post.
When our delightful 10 yo grandson Robert spent the night recently, he spent a lot of time cuddled up on the couch, wrapped in a fleece throw. March Madness was well underway, watched intently by Robert and his Granddad.
As Robert trekked into the kitchen for a drink refill, with his blanket dragging the floor and slipping off his shoulders, Sonia Showalter’s poncho came to mind. That’s just what Robert needed!
He agreed it was a great idea and wanted to help. The technology of my Dream Machine fascinates him and he always asks a lot of questions about its capabilities. In my experience, kids love sewing machines. Robert chose a dragon from the built-in designs.
Vivian Rose, almost 3yo, on Christmas Day in her CC Betsy
I hope December 25th was fabulous for each of you. I was so overwhelmed with preparations that there wasn’t a spare a moment to say merry Christmas. So now I’m sending belated but heartfelt holiday wishes to you. If you just want to know about the Christmas sewing, scroll on down past all my happy holiday family prattle to interesting features.
Christmas 2015 was almost picture perfect for the Ferguson Family. We missed our pilot son who was called to fly off into the wild blue yonder.
At a church event, Vivian Rose wore last year’s Swiss flannel smocked bishop. The pattern is Betsy by Children’s Corner.
Bishops fit for so long. That’s just one more reason to love them. Christmas Eve, a huge group of family and friends enjoyed a delicious dinner of shrimp gumbo and barbequed ribs at the home of our son-in-law’s mother and husband. They are excellent cooks! We ate and laughed and had a big time there.
Grandchildren Vivian and Alastair played and delighted us all. Christmas Day most of the same group and a few others gathered at the home of our super organized daughter and her computer genius/gourmet cook husband. Son Ryan had to leave early for the airport after opening gifts and celebrating with his family. But the children and their mother joined us across the state after he left.
From the moment she unwrapped them, Vivian wore her new shin guards and soccer cleats most of the day, declaring again and again, “I’m ready for soccer!”
Vivian was thrilled with her pink shin guards, pink soccer ball and orange “cleats.” She pranced around showing them off to everyone, saying, “I’m ready for soccer!” She wants to do everything her big brother does. Continue reading
Posted in Basic no-embroidery Machine Projects, boys, brother-sister, girls, heirloom sewing, smocking
Tagged boy bow tie, Ellen McCarn Buttercream, fasturn, nylon heirloom lace, silk dupioni, smocked Christmas Dress, spaghetti bias, tiger eye
Lately, there have been considerable discussions and questions about lace tape, its origin and uses. The history is quite interesting, as its development involved a salvage warehouse and an unraveled sweater for my Rebecca and midnight transatlantic phone calls. That was in 1987 when I first brought this product to the heirloom sewing public.
Most of this history is detailed in this post. Because lace tape is one of my favorite sewing products, I’d like to share some applications and techniques. For many years I taught a 6-hour class around the country. So there is a lot of material on the subject, too much for one post. Lace tape can be used for shadow applique’, colored entredeux, colored shark’s teeth, tiny piping and so much more. So stay turned for details. A few future posts will feature projects with detailed directions.
ABOUT LACE TAPE
Approximately 3/8″ wide and available in a rainbow of colors, lace tape is a loosely woven 100% cotton trim. It has a gathering thread on each side and is wonderful for lace shaping. It also can add a bit of color to an heirloom project.
Now there are two varieties of lace tape: Japanese and Swiss. The lace tape shown above and used on each of the items pictured below is Japanese.
1. for lace insertion substitute joined to lace edging or other insertion
Peach lace tape was joined to lace edging and then stitched to flat bishop before smocking. See Molly’s Lace Tape Nightie for more pictures and information.
preparation: Like heirloom trims, lace tape is easier to work with after being starched and pressed, unless it is being shaped. Use the finest thread, preferably 80/2 Madeira Cotona, and the smallest needle appropriate to the thread size.
technique: Butt lace tape to lace. Zig zag the two pieces together with an approximate stitch setting of W 1.5-2.0, depending on width of lace header, L .8-1.0 edging. NOTE: An edge joining foot makes this much easier.
Lace tape joined to Aesop’s Fables Binche lace.
Creative Needle, June, 2005
Hurrah, football season is here! Like families around the country, we look forward to kickoff. As huge Florida Gator fans, every Saturday in the fall we hunker down for a full day of football, in front of the tv or at the stadium.
Tradition dictates that everyone wear their “colors” on Game Day. The grandchildren keep outgrowing their team gear, so, like many of you, I’m trying to get them suited up for kickoff.
Laurel was just 3 weeks old when we attended the annual Gator Nation gathering at the Daytona Speedway. She wore this cool, Swiss cotton pique top with pima check bloomers.
Vivian and Alastair enjoying the playground behind the Candy Barrel in Valle Crucis, NC. Vivi’s mop of curls has been cut to keep her cool during the hot summer. But she’ll be a curly top again in no time at all. Vivian is wearing her firefly outfit.
North Carolina is my second favorite state. We’ve just returned from an absolutely wonderful week in the mountains with our two younger grandchildren and their parents.
Our Rebecca, Alastair, Vivian Rose and Harvey. FYI, that is a lollipop/powdered sugar concoction in Vivi’s hand, not a pacifier. They are sitting at the delivery door at the Candy Barrel.
See followup post She Wore the Dress.
Happy Easter to you all! This is such a joyous season, filled with promise of renewal and new beginnings. Beautiful worship services, inspiring music, egg hunts and family gatherings all make it so special.
I will enjoy all these blessings, but right now I am dealing with major disappointment–the Easter dress I made for 2 yo granddaughter Vivian Rose.
For this enormously significant holiday, every mother and grandmother tries to outfit her little darlings in beautiful garments.For me, “tries” is the operative word here. And believe me I did try.
This post is not meant to be all about moaning and wailing, though this Mary Engelbreit illustration captures my feelings pretty accurately. But I do hope listing the details of my failure will be helpful. Also included are the few (very few!) good things I did.
So, reluctantly, I post this sad photo of the disastrous dress.
MISTAKES: (If you are prone to depression, just skip this and go to the few little success at the end of the post.) Continue reading
Posted in boys, brother-sister, girls, heirloom sewing, machine embroidery
Tagged boy bow tie, Custom Keepsakes, Easter dress catastrophe, Easter dress disaster, Easter dress mistakes, feather stitch, monogrammed tie, tatted medallion
Is there any more joyous occasion for sewing than Easter? It’s time to get started but instead of pulling out the lace and batiste, I find myself looking back at those confections from the past. For me, it’s not about seeking inspiration so much as it is about enjoying the memories all over again, like re-reading a very good book.
Among these outfits, there might be some inspiration for those of you who have not yet jumped into this special sewing season.
Who doesn’t love babies in daygowns? And with a sweet big brother they are even more precious.
If daygowns interest you, details are posted here Happy Easter ’13. This post details the daygown with fagotted lace and a hand embroidered front placket
The next year Big Brother Alastair wore this little suit.
It seems like I am always in a rush to get Easter outfits finished. This one for Alastair was no exception.
Making this dress was pure joy. I love the Swiss handloom and laces.
Baby’s Easter Dress, made for Vivian Rose last year. It was a modification of a dress I made for her mother 31 years ago.
And I love this picture of her strolling through the grass.
Vivian Rose, 15 months old, Easter 2014
Posted in boys, brother-sister, girls, heirloom sewing, Holiday Projects, infant clothing, shadow work by machine, smocking
Tagged baptism dress, Easter boy suit, Easter dres, heirloom sewn dress