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Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Eve's Eve

Things are quiet here and not a flake of snow. DH just got back from grocery shopping. I started the finishing for Mountain Flowers. All the stitching is done and I have cut up the pieces and interfaced the front and back. Now for some hand sewing. Wouldn't it be great to finish this today? Isn't the lining fabric perfect?
I tried smocking on the baby dress. I haven't smocked in forever so I was trying to remember how many ply of floss to use.(I used 2 premium silk floss strands, I think I use three of regular floss.) There isn't a set pattern so I am making it up as I go along. The first two rows are meant to look like hearts. I'm still not thrilled with it but I will finish it. I taught a class in smocking at our local needlework store 25 years and at least 3 owners ago. I didn't know what I was doing! I was self taught.
The Stitching Tour of the Sewing Room's Unfinished Drawer includes Drawn Thread's Lily of the Valley sampler. I like it. There is a ladybug design that is cute but turned out way bigger than I expected. I wanted little and cute. This is sweet but huge. Then there are two little garden designs. They were fun to stitch. I think I like to stitch flowers.
I'll show you my progress on the smocked dress tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. Merry Christmas Amy. Your card arrived today on our last postal delivery before Christmas - good timing! I hope you and DH have a wonderful Christmas Day and enjoy all the food you have prepared. In New Zealand we are ahead of you so I will be piling on the pounds long before you and DH start!! Merry Christmas