Happy Fourth of July, friends! We’re just weeks away from our summer licensing retreats in Palm Harbor, FL. Both events – The Perfect Mix: Sew, Serge and Embellish July 21-26 and Children’s Garment Construction July 28-Aug. 2 – will be held at the beautiful Innisbrook Resort and we have a couple seats open if you’d like to join us! We’re also having an Afternoon Tea with Martha Pullen that will take place between the two events on Monday, July 27. Registrants for both of the licensing events will get in free and the general public can purchase tickets. I invite you to join us for this special afternoon that will include time with Martha, a shopping area and mini clinics from our licensing faculty and the teaching staff of Keep Me in Stitches, our partnering Baby Lock dealer.
We’re having a big Red, White & Blue Savings event in our online store this weekend – almost everything is 30 percent off! All you have to do is enter coupon code RWB30 at checkout to receive your discount. This is a great time to stock up on anything you may need for those projects on your to-do lists – fabric, lace, notions, trims and more.
In honor of the holiday weekend, I have a picture smocking plate to share with you that captures all the fun of a summer picnic – along with those little creatures that make eating outside a challenge! “Antics,” which was designed by Ginger Bradley and introduced in our Summer 1995 issue of Sew Beautiful is one of our all-time favorite smocking designs. The picture plate shown here was restitched by Linda Richards for photography and shared in our May/June 2007 issue of Sew Beautiful. Follow the graph (click image for full size) and instructions below to smock this design:
DMC Six-Strand Embroidery Cotton – Watermelon: #817 v dk coral red, #910 dk emerald green, #966 md baby green; Strawberry: #350 md coral, #562 md jade; Hot dog: #801 brown, #422 lt hazelnut brown, #725 md lt topaz, #817 v dk coral red; Grass: #966 md baby green; Ants: #310 black; Backsmock: white
This design is worked over 148 pleats. Refer to graph for correct color and figure placement. Backsmock Rows 1 through 10 with two strands of white floss.
1. For top border, start on Row 1-1/2 in center of fabric on 74th pleat with an up cable. Cable across to right side fabric. Return to center pleat, turn upside down and finish this cable row. Return to center; stitch three cables, referring to graph.
2. For bottom border, start on Row 9-1/2 in center of fabric with a down cable. Cable across to right side of fabric. Return to center pleat, turn upside down and finish this cable row. Return to center and stitch three cables, referring to graph.
3. For watermelon, begin on Row 5 on the 16th pleat from left side of fabric, with an up cable. Stitch 31 cables noting color changes; turn and complete lower portion of watermelon, referring to graph. Return to the cable row directly above starting point to complete upper part of watermelon.
4. For strawberry, begin on Row 5, on 62nd pleat from left side of fabric, with a down cable. Stitch 11 cables. Turn and complete lower part of strawberry, referring to graph. Return to cable row directly above starting point to complete upper part of strawberry.
5. For hot dog, begin on Row 5 on the 90th pleat from left side of fabric, with an up cable. Stitch 33 cables. Turn and complete upper part of hot dog, referring to graph.
6. Ants are three French knots, two strands of floss. The top is wrapped three times, middle is wrapped two times, bottom is wrapped five times. Arms and legs are a single straight stitches with one strand of floss. Hands and feet are single-strand French knots wrapped twice.
7. Watermelon seeds are three-strand lazy daisies.
8. Strawberry leaves are three-strand lazy daisies.
9. Grass is an outline stitch with three strands of floss. It may be helpful to draw a line first under the ants’ feet, with chalk or a water-soluble marker.
For more smocking fun, check out issues of Sew Beautiful and Australian Smocking & Embroidery. We also have great video download tutorials to help you learn how to smock. Don’t forget to use the RWB30 coupon code to save 30 percent through July 5.
Take a look at the new July designs our 2015 IEC members received this week! These vintage animated characters designs will be so cute stitched on projects for your kitchen.
We pray for the men and women serving our nation in harm’s way, and for all of you.
Much Love to You All & May God Bless,