Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Sunday, December 26, 2010
I know that there are times when I see something
special and I need to buy two or more of whatever it is. Why?
Because.....I may not be able to find it again.
Of course thinking that I would eventually attempt to make one.
It seemed possible since they were made from ribbon.
Of course....I have ribbon!
An absolutely beautiful, soft, flowing piece of tactile therapy!
It is a collection...not necessarily to be handed down...but a collection never the less. I have ribbon that it would break my heart to cut. Seriously...... If you are a sewista, sewer, seamstess or just a crafter, you probably buy ribbon....well, because it's
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
This is a design that I did years ago. Years ago when I was publishing designs....when time seemed to be more plentiful.... when just getting that sudden creative energy was enough to make me want to spend hours stitching.
The original design was done for The Smocking Arts Magazine in 1986. I did a variation of this design for Austin when he was three years old. At times I feel that I'm in a time machine.....where have the years gone?
Austin's romper is smocked on Spechler-Vogel Imperial broadcloth insert, Children's Corner "Jeffrey" romper and Spechler-Vogel featherwale corduroy plaid. Santa also has blue pants.
This reindeer is smocked across 25 pleats. In the variation that I did for Austin's romper, I smocked this reindeer in reverse on the right side of the smocked insert.
The third character is a little rabbit that is smocked across 18 pleats.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
The Swiss embroidered insertion dictated the colors used for the smocking. The embroidered vine with blue buds made choosing colors easy. The Delft blue and soft greens were a perfect jumping off point for creating this bishop style dress. The lace beading, Swiss embroidered insertion and lace edging were attached using heirloom machine techniques. Pick your embroidered insertion and match your floss colors for a quick start to beginning a special little dress.
Miss Emma posed sweetly.....well, at least for a very short time.
While this dress is done in Martha Pullen's white Swiss Nelona Batiste, the published design was worked using Spechler-Vogel Watercolor Blue Imperial Broadcloth. The colors of white, blue, pink and green were chosen to create a design that was....
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
myself to create a one-of-a-kind Disney smocked dress for our annual trip to Disney.
It also seems to be one most "borrowed" (illegally) by an "un-named" Boutique Smocking Company also. Truthfully, that has been my hesitation in creating another design.....only to have it stolen....manufactured in El Salvador and sold for $35. onEbay after everyone hits their warehouse sale.
Oh well........must keep stitching regardless of unscrupulous people!!!!
Hugs and Happy Smocking,
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
and her fabulous recipes and online shop for confections!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Two strands of floss were used to smock the top.
My question to everyone is:
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I just had to share this today. Last summer started this event with a little smocked outfit for Disney. However, the Cinderella and Belle ballgowns were Emma's choice to wear. Eventually, I did get photos of Miss Emma wearing this design. And so with this, a normal, not so special day can turn into something special!
Today started out pretty much the same....nothing special. Spent the morning weeding the wild strawberry plants out of my iris bed. A bit disappointed that my irises were not the tall bearded variety but still quite pretty...antique yellow and cream. I love that the wild bunnies love the strawberry plants but I do not love what those darling little creatures do to my plants! Just so you know, I don't have any March Hares or White Rabbits carrying pocket watches in my garden. But then who does? And then my not-so-special, normal day changed....
I did a little watering in the hopes that it might make my azaleas finally open up and decided to quickly gather the mail before I came in. There was a big manila envelope that was full of what I suspected were magazines. Hoffman Media was my big hint! Hummmm...
Kathy and everyone at Sew Beautiful did a wonderful job and I am so pleased.
I have to say at times, my "senior moments" can border on ridiculous. Oh, my! Is this the issue of Sew Beautiful that my design is in? Yes it was! For me this was so exciting as this design was one that was taken from a design I did many years ago. With some encouragement from a smocking friend, Janet Gilbert, I had submitted it and was so pleased when it was accepted. It's always nice when someone likes what you love to do. "Thanks again Janet!"
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Smocking for this little girl is something I enjoy
but I much prefer just to play with Emma and her brother.
Emma asked for white bunnies but only if they were on a pink dress.
So we have "Emma's Bunny Garden" design.
This is Emma. She has to be bribed to get pictures.....
There was much foot stomping in this process.
little diva comes out!
love that digital camera...
that I was happy with about a dozen.
........so I guess the new Pink Princess Bike with silver streamers was worth it!