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That is absolutely gorgeous, MaryinLa!!! I love cross-stitching (although my eyes hate it :-( ), but I've never done any embroidery. I have a couple of pieces of fabric with embroidery patterns stamped on them that I suspect my mother-in-law was planning on turning into pillows. I would love to do them, but I'm afraid of messing them up. Do you use DMC floss to do embroidery, like cross-stitch, or do you use a different kind of thread? I have tons of floss... Any suggestions would be very welcome!!
Your little dress and embroidery are lovely. I, too, love embroidery and do lots of it. I take classes from different teachers who teach for the Smocking Arts Guild of America..
I try to have an ongoing project. Right now I am working on a piece of linen that will be put on top of an sewing basket. Will try to post picture when finished.
I just wanted to say what a superb job you did for your granddaughter.
One of a kind beautiful timeless heirloom quality dress!
My grandma used to do a lot and taught me different stitching techniques
when I was little. I used to play with her embroidery box as it was a magic
rainbow of color. Hand embroidery is so hard to come by now, and
I don't have time do it right now but maybe when my son is bigger and
I have more time. I do make little flowers on the lavender and calendular
herb sachetts by hand.
That dress should go into your grand daughter's Hope chest. It is surely a keeper to hand down to the next little daughter or grand daughter. It is gorgeous. I love antique christening gowns and this one will someday be right up there. Gee, do girls still have hope chests?
Very nice work. Love it.
Your dress is beautiful. Is it from Martha Pellon? I love her work but neve have done any.
I also love to do hand embroidery even though i have 2 embroidery machines. Like someone else said it is something my mom taught me years ago.
Your granddaughter will sure treasue this beautiful dress.
Thanks everybody for your kind words, this dress was made three years ago. It was a Wendy Schoen pattern, if I remember correctly. I don't think the pattern was intended specifically for a christmas dress, but I loved the pattern itself,
Oh my gosh, that is another beauty. It reminds me of the time my mother made red and white gingham checked dress and white pinifores for me and all my dolls. Then she made a red checked skirt for my dresser and curtains. I was sick with the measles and she did all this while I was sleeping. Not all the sewing but the decorating. She must have gotten a great deal on the red and white gingham checked fabric.
Your sewing is beautiful. You have a very lucky granddaughter.
Oh my goodness, how beautiful! Definitely a treasure that they will save forever! My grandmother did this, when I was little she would put a square of cloth into - what are they called? The round or oval things you stretch the fabric in so you can work on it - ?? and she would draw something on it with little x's for me to embroider. I also have a few pieces made by my greatgrandmother in the late 1800's, when very young girls where expected to embroider! My most treasured piece is a pillowcase with a 9 x 10" square of beautiful ivory embroider of flowers and flourishes, with her initials GM (Geslina Montenegro) in the middle. It isn't made up of x's, though, just dozens of different types of stitches. There is a small tear in it, but it can be fixed easily. One of these days I would like to get it cut away from the pillowcase and framed.
You are right, this is not done enough anymore! I hope you are teaching some of the younger ones in your family, maybe they will pick it up and pass it on.