Monday, December 27, 2010

Last Bit of Sewing for 2010

I finished the bonnet for my class. Isn't it the bonnet cute on my baby doll "Madeline Grace"? The baby doll is from Ashton Drake and she wears preemie clothes. I got her a few years ago. I can smock for her for years to come. Here's a close up of her dress and bonnet.

AS&E issue 69 "Mirror Image"

AS&E issue 79
And here's the embroidery on "Madeline's" blanket. It's from Inspirations Baby.  I used rayon floss for the word "baby" and on the rest of the embroidery I used silk floss. The blanket is from a tone on tone flannel and edges finished with crepe back satin, which was a bear to do on the bias.  I've made this blanket a couple of times and will probably make it many more times.

And for everyone who is going to do my smock along sessions. The first one will be posted Tuesday, January 25, 2011. I will be doing smocked socks. The project can be completed in an evening. So here's your shopping list if you will be participating:

1 pair dress socks (you can purchase socks with lace already attached if you want)
1 skein embroidery floss, your color choice
Milliner needles (Hancock Fabrics, Hobby Lobby do carry these)
Blue wash-out marker
1" acrylic ruler, like those used for quilting
2 ribbon roses or bows
Sewing thread to match the ribbon roses or bows
Optional: needle threader

The week of February 1, 8 I will doing a smocked bonnet. The same one that my baby doll is wearing above. I will post a shopping list next week. If you want to order a ready to smock bonnet go to Martha Pullen's website. She has them for about $10, which I think is a very affordable price.
I'll talk to everyone next week. Happy smocking everyone!

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Thank You From a Friend

A few posts ago I shared with everyone the dresses I made for a lady who comes into Hancock Fabrics where I work. As a thank you, she was very thoughtful and made me these padded hangers on her embroidery machine. She tried to insist that the dresses I smocked for her granddaughters were better than these beautiful hangers. And I insisted that the hangers were just as wonerful. I think we mock argued for a few minutes. I love, love, love these! I'd like to say "thank you" to a soul sister, Leola. You're great!

Here are some baby socks I smocked for my one of me classes I'm doing in February. I still need to add the lace and a bow. For anyone who wants a quick and easy gift idea, this is definitely it! I timed myself to see how long it would take to smock, only 1 1/2 hours. Not bad at all.

New Project. I found this print at a local quilt shop last week. Isn't it pretty? I love it. And like anyone who is creative (everyone reading this post is creative), I'm going to change a few things on the dress. I usually can't leave well enough alone. But that's the great thing about sewing, the sky's the limit or maybe it's the budget.
The smock plate is from Sew Beautiful, issue 133, entitled "Peppermint Sprinkles" by the very talented Janet Gilbert. Love to meet her someday. The dress pattern is "Pascale" from issue 114 of Sew Beautiful. I think the dress I'm making needs to have beads along the sleeves like I did for one of the dresses I entered into the fair last summer. I'm happy I can borrow a petal sleeve from AS&E. Now to go iron my dress fabric, get it pleated and start smocking.
All my best to you creative ladies out there in blogland. Happy smocking!

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Love of a Friend

Here's another dress for little sis of another dress I resently finished. The smock plate is from Gail Doane's book Sew Cute Couture. Doesn't she just have the greatest designs. Anyway, I can't remember what pattern I used for the rest of the dress, just something from one of the issues of AS&E. I made a size 2.
My friend, Jerri, is moved back to Boise and we've worked together a couple of times. Yeah! I just love her to death. We went to lunch today and got to spend some time just chatting. Even though we now work together again, we have 7 years to make up for not being able to chat whenever we pleased. Being 1000's of miles from each other sure puts a cramp in your style. Email and phones do help loads, but it's just not the same as visiting face to face with one of your "bestest" friends. And we only live about 6 blocks from each other. I think we are kindred spirits. So I think I will dedicate this blog post to my friend Jerri! I love you tons my friend.
Happy smocking girls!

Friday, December 3, 2010

For Those Without Snow

Here's some snow for all you girls who don't have snow in your part of the country. I would gladly give it all to you. As you can tell by the first pic, the cat is the only one in my house who wants to go outside in the snow. You can see her cute little paw prints. The other pic is of my little car. The roads are not so nice to drive on.
My favorite season is spring with all the beautiful flowers, can't wait for us to get new fabrics in at Hancock's! So I am counting down the days until then and enduring the snow til then.
In the meantime, I'm still working on the samples for my classes I doing in the spring. I've finally finished the "Indiana" bishop. Isn't it just the most darling dress?! I'm so pleased with how this dress turned out. Time to get started on a bonnet for class.
Happy smocking everyone!