One of life's great joys is being a grandmother. For me it is bittersweet since my granchildren live so far away. I am sad that I won't be able to see her twirl in her dress for the first time but with her Boppa will. He arrives late in the evening on her 3rd birthday. I will make sure the camera batteries are charged and ready so he can snap the moment for me! I mentioned this little sweetie in an earlier post. This dress completely fits her personality.
I used Summer Blooms from Australian Smocking & Embroidery issue #87 as my basis. The sleeves on the original dress did not fit my vision so I just added a puff sleeve. I also made the cuff about 1/2 the size of the original. This lovely cotton print is as light as a spring breeze. All smocking was done using DMC stranded cotton and the bullion petals on the flowers as well.
Recently, I acquired this vintage rick rack and the color was perfect!. Happy birthday little one.....Noni loves you!
No pictures with this one, as of yet, but I wanted to share a blog with you. My dear friend Brenda is becoming a grandmother again thanks to the generosity of an Ethiopian mother. Brenda's daughter Anna, whom I have known all her life and I smocked something for her as a baby, is in Ethiopia right now meeting her new daughter. Anna & Kelly already have a charming 4 year old boy who is at home, anxiously awaiting his new baby sister. I invite you to read their sweet story and to follow as it unfolds- and, as you read, to be praying for this family. Thanks- blessings- Karen
I am a wife, a mother and a grandmother. My journey into the enchanting world of classic children's clothing began when my first child, a son, was born in 1982. We welcomed a daughter and another son in the following 6 years. They were my inspiration learn English Smocking and to utilize the embroidery my grandmother had taught me when I was 6 years old. Through the years I have taught countless women Embroidery and English Smocking techniques. In addition I design and create custom garments which I sell to individual clients and in my Etsy shop. I am deeply inspired by old world techniques and materials. My main source of inspiration is the children who wear my designs.