Sewing, Salamanders and other Things!

Last week was an enjoyable week!  The first project that I finally finished was a Children’s Corner “Taylor” bubble for Liam and I adapted the pattern for a smocked insert.  I just loved the “Slithering Salamanders” smocking plate by Frances Messina Jones and knew that he needed this design.  This outfit was made to go with Livvy’s new smocked peasant top.

LiamSalamanders  LivvyPerfectlyPrettyPeasant

The outfits look so much cuter on the kids than on a mannequin, though it is easier to see the details on the mannequin.  Those chubby little arms are just so busy!



I consider myself to be a rather experienced smocker, but I have to say that this smocking design nearly did me in!  LOL!  Perhaps it’s because I haven’t done as much picture smocking lately?  I don’t know.  I’m glad that I got it finished because I love it and it’s really so cute, but I won’t be smocking this on again soon.  Hahaha!!!

After finishing up Liam’s outfit, I moved on to some embroidery that has been waiting to be completed.  I had several things for the kids that needed something.  First up on the embroidery machine was Ella’s pillow sham.  It needed a monogram.  You’ll have to excuse the cell phone pictures for the next few – I was having technical “issues” with the camera (which isn’t an unusual situation for me to have!  LOL!).

The font is Elegant Monogram Font from Appliqué Corner.


Then next project was a simple dress for Ella – it was too simple and I also thought it would benefit from a monogram.  This is the Classical Monogram from Amazing Embroidery Designs.


Ella also needed a t-shirt with a fairy on it for her fairy themed birthday party on Saturday (which was a HUGE hit with all the little girls!).  The fairy design is from Bunnycup’s Fairy Love group.



Then I had a brother/sister outfit for Livvy and Liam.  My stellar (not!) cell phone picture makes the outfits look as if they aren’t the same color, but in person, they do match!


For Liam’s outfit I used the Race Track Alphabet from Planet Appliqué.  Livvy’s appliqué is from Bunnycup’s Sweet Thing Appliqué 

The next 3 outfits are just cute play clothes, but they were also too plain.  Both appliqués come from Bunnycup’s 2 Cute Critters appliqué design.



The owl design – unfortunately I have no idea where this came from.



After all the machine embroidery, I needed to do something more smocking/heirloom, so I finished up a sweet Wee Care gown.  I added a lace oval to the hem so that I could use this as a sample garment for the Working With Lace workshop that I’ll be doing for the Dogwood Chapter of the Smocking Arts Guild of America.  This was just what I needed for a little handwork.




The oval is secured with pin-stitching and a tiny flower embroidered in the center.  While poly/cotton isn’t ideal for pin-stitching, with enough stabilization I think that this turned out quite nice.



Now, after a week of some serious stitching, what will I be up to this week???  Well, it’s time to get down to business and get more kits ready for some upcoming workshops/retreats this summer, so I’ll be doing that.  Not nearly as much fun as sewing, but necessary.

What will you be stitching this week?

12 thoughts on “Sewing, Salamanders and other Things!

  1. Bunny

    The word prolific was invented for you, Kathy. So many lovelies to look at. What perfect little models you have. That Liam is clearly one happy boy!

  2. Rettabug

    Oh my goodness, Kathy! All these darling outfits just knock my socks off! You did a bang-up job of matching your machine emb. designs to the colors in the fabrics.
    I love the little wee care gown…just beautiful & so sweet looking.
    Best of all, though, are those sweet grandchildren…Liam just makes me smile every time I see him!
    Thanks for letting us see all your beautiful work. I’m such a slacker these days, but you continue to inspire.

    1. Kathy Post author

      Thank you Rett! I spend HOURS looking for just the right embroidery design. I have so many to look through. LOL! You’re not a slacker – you’re adjusting. 😀

    1. Kathy Post author

      Thanks! I love when I have productive weeks like this that you actually have something to show for it. This week is making kits – my least favorite thing because it’s not at all creative. LOL!

  3. Ginger

    These are precious! After my oldest spent Saturday catching real salamanders, I thought you might have too. HA HA


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