Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Are you starting to plan your Easter sewing? Are you dragging out your old magazines for inspiration? Are you anxiously waiting for the sewing shops to get in the new Spring fabrics? I would love to hear where you are in the creative process!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
With that in mind, I will share a sample that I am working on for Martha Pullen School. This is a version of #122 Baby Apron, with smocking added in the center. For this sample, I cut a square piece of fabric the length of the garment front, and added 6" to the center. I then marked the center and pleated 16 rows all the way across the top.
Carefully pull out the pleater thread from each end, leaving a total of 32 pleats in the center. Draw up the pleats to about 2" and tie off the pleater threads.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
I hope everyone has a nice weekend. I need to go for a walk, so that I can have 2 cupcakes tonight!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The turtle is great for the beginner, because he is naturally divided into sections. Each plate on his shell is stitched as an individual object, then an Outline Stitch is used between the sections. All of these designs are in the "Heirloom Embroidery Book" along with the stitches.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Because of a glitch at the printers, the first 75 copies of #135, have some seam measurements that make no sense at all. I should have caught the mistake, but I packed quickly for market and overlooked it. If you received a bad set of instructions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will be happy to email or mail you the corrected instructions.
Sorry for the inconvenience and I will take comfort in the fact that 6 months from now, I won't even remember this happened!
I thought that I would answer a few smocking questions today.
1. I do not use a smocking board. I am a self taught smocker, and had smocked for years before I had ever heard of one. I know that for many smockers they are very helpful.
2. I do not usually pleat half rows, although I did when first learning to picture smock. I found them helpful, while learning to space the cables.
3. I do block my pleating before smocking. After the garment is pleated and the pleater threads are tied off, I draw up the smocking and lightly spray starch and steam (do not touch the pleats with the iron) and then allow the pleats to dry.
The final question has been, "How was market?" Fantastic! The weather had cleared and the roads were totally dry. I met many new shop owners and caught up with the old ones. I enjoyed introducing the new pattern #135, and had the sample there to show. I ate lunch with Jeannie from "Old fashioned Baby", who HAD remembered to bring her camera! And discussed, "Are you ready for Martha Pullen School yet?" with Wendy Schoen. And when I wasn't busy, I caught glimpses of new fabrics that are available for spring. I can hardly wait to see what the local stores have ordered!