Ah, pigs. I have a love relationship with the porcine ungulates. At least the wool version of them. Remember PigsAcrossAmerica, Pig Pile, and Sweater Pig? I'm back on the pig bandwagon with a When Pigs Fly baby mobile. It's Ellie approved!
Still plugging along here. My goal for the weekend is to get several more dresses made to complete a few of these to have on hand.
I'm wondering...would you like one of these mobiles originally intended for a nursery to hang in your craft room? Ellie (my youngest) says they don't look like they are made for babies and she has put in her request for one for her room. Comment below if you are interested and Monday I will draw a winner of a doll dress mobile.
Going back to my last post, I think I know what my problem is with the sewing machine. It's that I don't feel like I'm in control. One little move the wrong way or going just a bit too fast and it's time to start ripping stitches. I hate that. Blah. I looked through my books recently and have so many about sewing, including the Reader's Digest one linked to in the comments. I really have no excuse not to sit down and relearn. The hand cramps I am plagued with when doing too much hand sewing is going to necessitate the machine learning. Especially if orders keep coming for shoes. Where are those elves anyway???
A couple of people asked about my sewing machine. It's just a Kenmore that is about 10 years old. I bought it solely to make cloth bags for cremation urns (ew, huh?) and it was awesome for that. What kind of machine do you have? What do you recommend? What is your dream machine?
I'm pretty sure it's obvious how much I love vintage anything. It's one reason old school is part of my name. So I was thrilled when Deanna at The Baby Gardner asked about my vintage-inspired baby shoes, which you will now find here.
A 3rd option for baby shoe patterns is to find a shoe you like (thrift stores are a great source), take them apart, and use the pieces to make a pattern.
Obviously wool is my favorite choice for making baby shoes, but I also like linen. I hit the jackpot thrifting this past weekend when green-tagged clothing was 25 cents. I came home with a selection of jackets and clothing made of cashmere, angora, leather, and wool.
This coat is made of some of the thickest wool I've seen. Perfect for
baby shoes. I'm thinking of adding a bit of fur lining to some winter
and thread and felt and cute Michael Miller fabric. This little guy is supposed to be an appliqué, but he's cute this way, too.
I've had some questions about sources for vintage embroidery patterns. My answer is "Google is your friend." Google vintage embroidery, free vintage embroidery patterns, vintage baby embroidery, or any other combination of words you are looking for. Sometimes I click on Images. This works especially well if I'm looking for something specific.
One of my favorite sources for embroidery patterns is coloring book pages. Google horse coloring, summer coloring, octopus coloring, etc., and click on Images. Then get ready for brain overload!
Another idea is to use dingbats as embroidery patterns. My favorite font site for this is dafont.
Made for baby Roman, whose parents are in our Sunday school class. Bitty Booties, long-sleeved onsie, and burp rag. I need to make a couple more of these sets, but don't know yet if the babies are boys or girls.
I'm hoping to go shopping tomorrow as an early birthday present to myself. I have meetings tomorrow night, Saturday morning, and Sunday night (my actual birthday). I have a little give-away planned for Sunday, so be sure to stop by!
I was up until midnight working on these, waiting for the electricity to go off. Silly, huh? We had a nasty storm go through. Lots of lightning. The girls are at my parents'. Hopefully they didn't keep grandma up all night. I'm rounding up things for the Sweet Pea Swap over at Green Bean Baby. My swap partner collects baby shoes. I bought this pattern off e*bay and modified it a bit. I love working with 100% wool felt. Add a needle and thread and it's heaven.
My recommendations for making this acorn:
--Use lightweight fabrics, such as linen, cotton, etc.
--Use heavyweight thread. I prefer to use upholstery thread for its strength when pulling and tying threads.