Christmas in July?
Even in Houston we can pretend to observe this idea of Christmas in July. Leslye had a sweet sachet featuring the shell hem edging by hand and a little Christmas themed hand embroidery.
Can you see the delicate hand stitched shell hem?
Here are a few more of her sweet sachet bags. Some have soap and others have dried spices. This would make such a nice gift for a friend this Christmas.
Leslye begins the demonstration by talking the members through the first step of folding down the hem along the top edge before launching into the stitching.
There was much discussion about stitching the shell hem from right to left. It really helped to have Leslye turn around for the members to see exactly how she began.
Show and Share
Leslye brought along these garments to demonstrate how the shell hem stitch could be used on wearable items. This ‘Summer Clothes’ bubble by Old Fashioned Baby displays hand embroidery as well as the hand stitched shell hem technique. The diaper shirt by Wendy Schoen features shadow work embroidery with the shell hem stitch.
This little number by Leslye is the ‘Lilly’ pattern by Trisha’s Treasures in a dainty printed cotton. She shared that she added 1/4 inch at the neck and legs as she didn’t use her serger to do construction. Doesn't the ribbon bow just pop out! You are always an inspiration of talent and ideas.
Roberta shares some time saving ideas with this adorable cool summer dress by 'Creation by Miche'. The embroidered collar was purchased from Farmhouse Fabrics saving her time and energy. The fabric for the yellow dress was imperial batiste in a delicate buttercream color.
Here is another time saving tip, let someone else do the smocking. The insert on this dress was purchased at our chapter's Midnight Madness Sale. She stated it was quite easy to just 'whip up' the dress as she had the fabric in her stash. She used a Martha Pullen pattern, Square Yoke Dress in a size 2.
Great JOB Teresa!
Joanne shares her 'very old' finished UFO with this Tartan cotton 'Lee' pattern by Children's corner. She designed the geometric smocking herself!
Susan shares a cute 'Louise' pattern by Children's Corner in cotton featuring a machine embroidery initials for her great niece. She felt the dress was a little long so she plans to add another tuck. Don't you just love the barefoot look in this picture?
Beth shares her goal of finishing a UFO every month. Here is her start...a Wendy Schoen class project made in linen with machine embroidery. The pattern is 'Baby Butterflies' from Petite Poche and available on her website. The embroidery is Wendy Schoen's Machine Embroidery-Collection I.
Buttons ’n’ Bows
Children’s Corner Trunk Show
After a very informative meeting the members met in groups to have lunch and visit the our own local shop and enjoy the trunk show.
Debbie is holding the sample of 'Ruthie'. It appears she is discussing this pattern with Marge of Buttons 'n' Bows while Denise and Beth do a little shopping.
Another cute sample is this cute Laura pattern. The top can be made as a dress or top for summer crops or shorts.
The 'Emily' pattern is the perfect dress for the little older girls. It comes in sizes up to 12.
THANK YOU to Marge and Lisa for hosting this wonderful trunk show! And thanks to Children's Corner for permission to upload these dresses on our website.