I am always amazed by the hand work ladies used to find time to do. They had so much work to do and still managed to hand-stitch things for their families. Imagine spending hours and hours just to crochet a bib!
I found these 2 beauties for $2.50 each. Maybe they were made as a newborn gift or for a baby's baptism.
I love the bullion roses on this one and the pretty scalloped edging.
This one is pretty, too, with the ribbon woven through.
I did something fun yesterday. My first try at shadow work by machine! I am making my fifth pinafore test sample and I decided to use a little embroidery on the yoke. I had admired the gorgeous shadow work designs available at Applique for Kids, so I thought I'd give it a try.
Here are my three tries. The design stitched perfectly every time, BUT...
For the first one (top) I cut the yoke before embroidering and it wasn't centered. Ugg. Then I thought maybe I'd prefer a pink bow, so I did it again. It was centered, but the pink barely shows up. (Photo is enhanced- it's lighter in real life). The third one is my favorite- blue bow with yellow flowers.
These colors are more realistic- see how the pink is too light? I stitched these with my few colors of DMC cotton 50 wt and the bobbin is Madeira 80 wt cotona. I didn't want to use shiny rayon for this. The fabric is 100% cotton Martha's Favorite Batiste.
I was afraid to try this, because you have to stitch the "shadow" first on a layer of permanent stabilizer or sheer fabric. However, it couldn't have been easier! I want to try more of the beautiful Shadow Work from Applique for Kids!!
I'm putting finishing touches on the Pinafore Pattern, which should be ready around May 1!!