Yesterday morning this pulled up in front of my home.
Several hours later, I was the proud owner of approximately eight feet of new PVC piping,
and my bank account was several thousand (yes, more than one, two or three thousand) dollars lighter.
Needless to say, the rosy sweet glow left from Valentine's Day quickly dimmed.
Some form of soul soothing distraction was desperately needed!
With my wallet much lighter, I decided maybe spending money on a favorite flavor milkshake from a favorite chicken sandwich restaurant was probably not the best solution.
I turned to some soul soothing smocking, instead.
My husband's assistant is expecting a baby girl in April.
I expect she will be sweet and petite like her mother!
I selected white Skip Dent fabric for a tiny little bishop, using Ellen McCarn's Baby Bishops pattern.
The term "skip dent" refers to a type of weaving that produces a design in the fabric, such as the stripes in this piece of fabric.
This particular fabric is a polyester/cotton blend, but feels and behaves much like an all cotton fabric. I enjoy working with it, and a new mother will enjoy its easy care.
Angel Baby is a smocking plate by Crosseyed Cricket, designed especially for tiny bishops. The design covers approximately seven half-space rows.
I have changed the colors and am using a very pale blue, instead of pink, and a slightly different green.
Since this is a tiny little gown, and the fabric is also delicate, I am smocking with only two strands of floss.
As I discussed in this blog post, I have recently discovered that a larger needle aids in picture smocking since more strands of floss are required. However, for geometric smocking on delicate fabrics, I still prefer to use a Crewel 8. Lately, I have noticed Richard Hemming has retitled their Crewel needles as Embroidery needles.
I am thankful all my plumbing fixtures are now back in operation, and a little stitching soothed my soul!
I certainly hope you do not have plumbing issues, but I do hope you find time today for a little stitching!
Skip Dent fabric, pattern, smocking plate, floss, and needles available at BessieMary.