Fine Heirloom Sewing, Smocking and Hand Embroidery

"Baby will be well and smiling in little garments made by Mother, Auntie, Grannie and loving friends!"

Please join me as I teach the old fashioned techniques and skills needed to sew baby clothes. You will find lessons that start at the very beginning and take you step by step as we sew little baby clothes together. May you find much joy and pleasure in making them.
It's easy and it's fun!!

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Tuesday, September 23

A Nice Day.


My Friend Bunny was over today.

We had Cream Tea in my Sewing Room.

We started Block 3 in our "Block a Month" that we are doing together.

I finished it!  Yeah…it makes me feel like I am ahead of something.

Nothing to do on this quilt until another surprise package arrives in the mail next month.


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Sunday, September 21

Last Day at the Smocking Guild Convention.


Sunday morning I  teach my last class.

Redwork - a favorite!

This baby bubble is from the pattern Best Embroidered Baby Clothes Two.
The embroidery design is in the Kit.

Redwork looks so crisp and clean.

This design is just so sweet, if I do say so myself!

Have a safe trip home and I will bring you more photos of Smocking in Orlando at a later date!!





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Friday, September 19

Pretty Baby Daydress - In Orlando


I'm here at the Smocking National Convention in Orlando

In my class we've been having fun stitching on a Baby Daydress.  We are using my pattern Baby Daydresses and are making one of the views featured in the pattern.

Every little Baby Girl should have a wardrobe of Daydresses!


This Daydress was inspired by  old French Acadian Christening Gowns that are popular in South Louisiana.  Very Girly! Very Old Fashioned Baby!

With lots of my favorite stitch - Featherstitching!

And some good machine construction details.

I wish you could have come!

We miss you….

(and retail market is tonight….lots of fun to be had)



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Wednesday, September 17

Where is Jeannie?

Well, I'm in Orlando at The National Smocking Arts Guild of course, with all the cool kids!

Today is our first class day (not counting pre-days) and everyone is excited!


The first class I'm teaching is my Playing with Lace - Heirloom Pillowcase.

We are learning how to Pinstitch over applique cord and miter lace.

And we are shaping lace so we can go home and make that portrait dress we've been afraid to do.

And stitching embroidery!

Stitching gathered Lace Edging so it is pretty and even is important to every garment that has lace on it.

And the pesky question about how you cross over laces nicely.

Our finished project!

The really best part though…..is seeing old friends and meeting new ones!





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Monday, September 15

It's Sew Heavenly - Come to Class this Fall



Brenda and Lacie are the heart of "It's Sew Heavenly".
They are the ones who choose the best and prettiest fabrics  and laces to offer.

They have created an atmosphere where you are inspired to sew and they are happy to help you find the right materials for your project.

They keep the classroom small so the students can get more out of the class.
Smaller classes mean more personal instruction.

I'm very excited to be going back to teach for It's Sew Heavenly this fall.
They treat every one of us like we are "Queen for the Day"

It's Fun!

I'm in the throw's of makeing the beautiful Dress for the Class Project.
I am using Toddlers Summer Dresses Pattern.

But the lovely dress we are making has been created just for this class.

Our Dress will be….Linen, Lace and Beautiful Embroidey!  
Add a touch of Hemstitching and Construction Techniques and this class is the perfect combination.

Join us as we make a lovely Summer Dress.

This is not the dress but it will be similar. 
 The yoke is embellished with lace that is attached with just a wee bit of hemstitching.

 Both bodice and skirt are lined for a nice finish and you can choose to make Size 1,2 or 3.  

The Techniques included in class are - Lace that is attached to fabric with the Hand Hemstitch (Just a little bit of Hemstitching can add quite a splash to your garment!), Machine Stitched Tucks, Lace to Fabric, Lining the dress and construction of a sleeveless Yoke dress.  Some special Embroidery Stitches are included along with old favorites. You will love the hem I have designed for you.  


sample of Old Fashioned Double Featherstitching
click to enlarge

The Old Fashioned Double Featherstitching (or I could call it the French Acadian Antique Featherstitching since I learned it in South Louisiana).  This Featherstitching is unique in that there are no written instructions for it, except for Jeannie B's Embroidery Book and I am very keen in bringing back this beautiful stitch.

 Irish Bullion Rose

Another Stitch I have garnered through examining antique Baby Clothing is the bullion Irish Rose.  The center of this flower is an Eyelet with Bullions stitched in such a way that I think it resembles the Irish Rose.  I will show another way for when you just aren't in the mode for stitching eyelets!


We will also make a pretty Heirloom Pillowcase to practise our new skills on.

And come away with two lovely projects.

There will be three wonderful days of fun and informative stitching by hand and machine.

 I hope to see you there.

It's Sew Heavenly….for more information.

























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Sunday, September 14

Money Matters..


This sweet little Dolly Girl was made by a doll artist who authors the Blog:


She had a post recently that as a fellow needle artist and CEO of my own little Business was appropriate to me.  

It will be appropriate to anyone who has any job. Because we all want to be valued for what we do and we also need to make a living.

But we who make a living, either full or part time in the area that many consider a "domestic skill"  are not always taken seriously in our business capacity.

Her Blog Post is: Money Matters.  And she talks about the value of her time, skill, experience and talent that goes into her Doll Making.

All her posts are charming and I know you will enjoy them.   If you are in the business of sewing, designing or teaching needle arts, you will find this post uplifting.

Never devalue the gifts that were given you.  

And if you are lucky enough to be able to earn a living using your gifts.  Well….

just be thankful!

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights.."
 James 1:17




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