I don't have any cross stitch photos today, though I am still working on the Cottages of the Month. My mind is on English Smocking lately, as I am gearing up to make a Christening gown for our friends Amy and Ryan. I'd better get busy - the baby is due next month!!! I finally convinced Robin to dig out the box of her baby clothes that I had made her that I hand smocked - for inspiration, and also to copy a few techniques. I really want to find the photos of her wearing all of these, but for now, I took some snaps of a few, wrinkles and all. This one is my absolute favorite and the one I'm going to copy. It's a Grace Knott pattern, a baby gown with raglan sleeves and a smocked yolk. I used Imperial Batiste cotton, satin ribbon, and pink floss for the stitching on the pleats, as I no longer had a pleater, I hand pleated the fabric first, which is what I will do with the gown I'm going to make soon.
Here is another dress I smocked for her:
Next time we snoop through Robin's closet, I want to look at the stuffed animals. Teenages like them too, here are the two Robin keeps out in her room currently:
One last little thing - a little miracle - got this plant at Kroger on the mark-down table for $1.00 last month. I love succulents, they are my favorites, and this little darling decided to bloom for me!
Seems like this is short and scattered, I guess since I didn't pull it together like I wanted to, but it's nice to send something out. Have a very blessed week, please come back again! Shari