“If you wish success in life, make Perseverance your bosom friend, Experience your wise counselor, Caution your elder brother and Hope your Guardian Angel.” Joseph Addison
Very appropriate for the Advent season, this heavenly angel pillow could also serve as a guardian angel baby gift or angel of appreciation. I stitched this on 7 linen hemstitched guest towels which hung as banners as a Christmas gift for each of my beloved PlayGroup Mamas.
Scraps of lace are stitched on a grid and secured with a feather stitch. Grids in two sizes are free downloads at Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial. It may make you re-evaluate the size of scraps too small to save.
A detailed tutorial with step by step photos is posted at Stitching Sewcial.
It was fun to use this same technique on a whimsical version on a dishtowel.
Seeing this photo now, an embroidered gingerbread man would have been more appropriate. Oh well, hindsight and all that.
I hope you are all finished with your Christmas sewing, but I doubt it. We Sisters of the Needle seem to keep on keeping on until the last hour, with more ideas for more gifts for more dear family and friends.
I’d love to hear about your projects and see some photos. So carry on, Sewing Elves! We still have 13 days!
Christmas is just around the calendar corner and it’s rush, rush, rush for me and many of you. I’ve just finished this Swiss batiste dress for Baby Beatrice.
I’ve written in earlier posts about Baby Bea, our new granddaughter via our church. Neither of her parents’ mothers is living, so months before she was born they asked me to be her official Nana. That was a happy day! And, of course, she is a doll, just now 4 months old, which for me has been at least 120 more happy days.
Her daddy is an avid hunter, especially for deer. Bea’s little daydress is a reminder NOT to shoot Bambi or his antlered father.
But back to the dress……the pattern is Old Fashioned Baby‘s Baby Daydress.
Like all of Jeannie B’s patterns, this one is a delight to sew and offers several design options. I love the Scriptures and embroidery designs she places in the blank space around the pattern pieces.
The shadow work fawn is from Joy Welsh’s Applique for Kids. It stitches just beautifully with her instructions. The greenery beneath the fawn was extracted from another design which I cannot recall right now.
The holly at the neckline is another design whose origin I cannot recall. I need to keep better records of what I embroider.
Posted in heirloom sewing, Holiday Projects, infant clothing, machine embroidery, shadow work by machine
Tagged antique lace, Applique for Kids, baby dress, Brother Dream Machine, christmas dress, fawn, Feather stitching, heirloom sewing, hemstitching, machine embroidery, shadow embroidery by machine, shadow work by machine
When I did my stitch rehearsal for the flowers, I couldn’t decide if I preferred the lighter or darker pink. So I alternated them and was pleased with the result.
Who can resist gazing at a baby in a bonnet? The site warms the heart of every mother, grandmother, auntie or friend.
The pattern for this linen confection was included in Simplicity 8024, though it was modified greatly. The addition of lace, embroidery, hemstitching, and sculpted antique pearl buttons on the ties removes this from the realm of boy caps. Embroidery floss was woven through the hemstitching holes to add a little more color.
There have been some questions lately about the use of lace tape. I completely forgot that I had not finished my intended Part 2 post, as I meant to stitch up a few more samples. But I didn’t. So here is an incomplete–there is so much more!– but informative post about lace tape, especially for Georgia. I hope that when life slows down, if it ever does, I’ll show you more about this fabulous product. But for now, this is all I have.
Here is Part 2 about lace tape, with more posts to come. Aside from being very busy with life in general, I’ve put this off because so much time is required to stitch out samples that illustrate the techniques. So instead of covering several applications, future lace tape posts will deal with one or two techniques.
To begin, I want to show the two types of lace tape and their differences. The product I sold and used in my classes was made in Japan. The newer variety of lace tape is made in Switzerland. Both kinds are available from Farmhouse Fabrics.
Why is it so important to know the difference? Because there are many uses for which one or the other is better. As the techniques are detailed, my suggested preference will be noted. FYI, I have updated Part 1 with these suggested preferences. Continue reading
OFB Smocked layette dress pattern on white Imperial batiste.
At last Baby Bea’s church dress is finished. So many things I wish I had done differently, but it is done. The pattern is OFB Smocked Layette, made from white Imperial batiste.
I used this pattern with the little bit of smocking because I wanted to focus on the cross embroidered trim at the hemline. It would have looked better, I think, with short sleeves.
Because the cross embroidery is Swiss, I felt compelled to use Swiss for the other trims. Do you ever mix heirloom laces with Swiss on the same garment? I’d like to know your opinion on that.
The tiny Swiss trim at the neckline and smocked sleeves should be short enough to avoid irritating her delicate newborn skin. It has a built in entredeux stitch so I wove that with floss to add a little color higher on the daygown.
The cross trim at the hem was 6″ wide. After attaching it to the entredeux beading there just seemed to be too much blank space. So I removed it, trimmed the cross piece to 4″ and rejoined it to a new piece of entredeux beading, threaded with pink ribbon.
It still looked to plain so I added twin needle “shadow work” in pink on either side of the beading.
This is the first bonnet I have ever made with the ruffle behind the smocking. I’m not sure I like it, but Bea is so tiny, just now 7 lbs. that I thought the ruffle might obscure too much of her precious face.
The twin needle work was repeated on the back of the bonnet near the drawstring ribbon.
Posted in baby accessories, church projects, heirloom sewing, infant clothing, machine embroidery, smocking
Tagged Christian dress, cross embroidery, Custom Keepsakes Christening Gown 2, daygown, Old Fashioned Baby Shocked Layette, smocked daygown
Swiss flannel with pinstitch joining lace to fabric. Pinstitch is woven with pink perle cotton.
I can’t seem to stop thinking about Beatrice. She is the soon-to-be-born, soon-to-be-adopted baby girl whose waiting parents are active members of our church. So I sew. When she is in their arms, she will be wrapped in love, with or without this shawl.
Soft, luxurious Swiss flannel is perfect for any baby. Especially here in Florida where winters are usually moderate, a tiny one dressed in this fabric can go out on the town without being bundled in a parka. The blanket coordinates with a bonnet and smocked daygown featured in earlier posts. I hope to duplicate them for Baby Beatrice.
Pinstitch and Swiss flannel go together like peas and carrots. The holes were perfectly clear and clean, as always, but were woven with perle cotton because I wanted a little more color near the perimeter.
The lace edging is my favorite blanket trim as it can withstand heavy laundering and still flaunts its heirloom ancestry.
Six inches from the lace is a zig zag feather stitch frame, interspersed with embroidery. That stitch is worked in soft green, but I was unable to get a good scan of it. It shows up clearly in this photo from another project. With 30 wt. cotton thread, it works up nicely.
This stitch is one I designed several years ago in Brother’s exclusive My Custom Stitch feature. If you have a Brother machine which includes MCS, I would be happy to share it with you. Just leave your request at the end of this post.
Heirloom Baby Gown Sew-Along presented by Brother International Corporation
Classic Sewing Magazine is offering a FREE Sew-Along. I made this sweet little dress/daygown for Brother’s submission to the magazine and it is being offered to you. The instructions have been broken into 4 lessons.
Written for beginners, it also includes tips and suggestions that might be useful for experienced heirloom sewists. Techniques such as lace insertion, lace shaping, pin stitch, joining gathered lace, etc. are included.
The first two lessons have been posted so go sign up! You must be signed up to get notification of the next lessons.
I do hope you will join us. Just click on the link in the opening photo and you will be taken to the site to sign up. The sleeves on this pattern (Simplicity 8024) are just precious.
Let’s sew along!
Vivian Rose at Oma’s house, decked out in her mother’s Rebecca’s Bow Dress.
I hope you all had a joyous Easter. The Ferguson family had a fabulous week of Easter celebrations! We saw both of our children with all four of our grandchildren, but not at the same time. A good bit of sewing was done before and after their arrival.
Saturday we joined our son-in-law’s family for Easter dinner. 5 yo Vivian Rose was resplendent in her mother’s 35 yo Rebecca’s Bow Dress, with her curls confined to elaborate, elegant French braids.
The original slip has been lost through the years so this white Imperial batiste slip was made. Because it really can be worn as a dress, a bow was embroidered on the yoke. To avoid it shadowing through the dress, it was stitched in a very pale pink and white.
The same yoke pattern was used with 1/2″ removed from the top half of the armscye.
Ever obliging 9 yo Alastair wore his bow tie made from the Little Boy Bowtie:the Quick and Easy Version pattern which I have used so often.
The color matched the green leaves in his sister’s fancyband.
The bows alternated with 3 vertical strips of lace.
I love this picture taken as Vivian was ready to put on her heirloom dress. Alastair was proud that he was already dressed and ready for the egg hunt.
The bunny was tied at the top with a bow, but Vivian HAD to open it.
See the felt candy-filled bunny in Vivi’s hand? That was such a fun little project. I made 20 of these for the children at church, as well as for these two. Vivian had a bunny filled basket and loved handing them out. I so regret that I did not get a photo that or of all the pink, blue, yellow and white bunnies together. They were a big hit with all the children. Continue reading
Posted in accessories, boys, brother-sister, free patterns and designs, girls, heirloom sewing, lace tape, machine embroidery, Nana fun, Second Time Around
Tagged bunny treats, DeLand angel wings, Easter dress, Easter dresses, lace tape, machine embroidery, Old Spanish Sugar Mill, puffing, River City church DeBary, Swiss handloom, tatting
free Bunny trio applique pattern Childrens Corner Callie
As usual, I am way behind with Easter sewing and sewing in general. I thought this might be a good time to share some earlier Easter features–dresses and free designs.
This little chocolate bunny dress was made for my 15 month old granddaughter to wear to the church “bunny lunch and egg hunt.” I was so pleased to finally have the perfect use for my small piece of brown bunny Liberty of London tana lawn.
When I could find no embroidery design that suited me, I bumbled through the digitizing process to create this beginner design. It is yours for the asking by leaving a comment below.
The second free design is one I used on several Easter baskets. The name, of course, is not included but the design itself is Easter eggs nestled in grass
For the free grass and eggs design just leave your request in the comment section below.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I am again offering this free fil tire’ heart design. There are many new readers who might enjoy this and some older readers who might have missed it. The design is so suitable for this holiday celebrating love. And what says love better than a heart?
I so appreciate the support and encouragement you dear readers have given me through the years. For the some time now I have been extraordinarily busy and posts have been few and far between. And yet you still stop by to read my infrequent chats. I thank you for that.
For this day celebrating love, I am offering this free machine embroidered fil tire’ heart, along with wishes for love each day. Just leave your request for the design as a comment at the bottom of this post.