Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Thursday, June 06, 2013

a needle & thREAD

needle and thREAD 

Joining Elizabeth at In the Heart of My Home...

 I am almost never not sewing these days, but haven't posted, lately, pictures of anything I am working on. I have been sewing scapulars mostly this week, and a chapel veil for a while when we were schooling at the library, but yesterday I decided to start on one of the onesies I have set aside to embroider.

My cousin Amy is pregnant with her first -- she is quite a bit younger than me -- I was a sophomore in college when she was born. She is like my own little baby, in a way. Her dad and I were very close growing up and even though they live in Cincinnati, and we in Columbus, we are still very close and see each other frequently.

I bought these little onesies when I found out Amy was pregnant with a baby girl, and she is due in August, so I obviously haven't been on top pf this project. The baby shower invitation was just the kick in the pants I needed. I have never done this before -- embroidered on clothes -- but it was easy to do and I think very sweet. I'll do a different design on each one, but for the first I wanted a wreath of flowers. I didn't have a pattern, so it does look like I winged it, but it's not rocket science.

I plan to use a soft fusible backing to cover the stitches on the inside of the shirt so they don't bother baby's tender skin.

My reading includes John Grisham's The Confession, which I listened to while I sewed. I just finished it. It was o.k. I am also reading Brian Gail's Motherless, but his books have so many characters, they are hard to begin -- I am about 10%, in according to my Kindle.

Now that I finished this little onesie I will go back to scapulars and once I have finished a few I'll work on another onesie. I haven't decided on a design for any of the others. Suggestions?

PS I had a really hard time finding plain onesies -- colored but not already printed or sewn upon. These are First Impressions brand, which I avoided when I had babies because they had nasty tags in them (am I the only one who judges clothes based on tags?). First Impressions now prints the tag info on the inside of the back of the shirt. Genius (except you can't read it!).


  1. O my goodness, that embroidery is exquisite. I used to love doing that very kind of thing, and would have begun again to embroider everything in sight after being SO inspired by this... if it were not for my arthritic fingers that whine now when I do such things. So I save them for blogging :).

    This will surely be Baby's dress-onesie. Probably an heirloom!?

  2. Nancy, you're so nice to me {blushing!}. :-)

  3. Scapulars! I was just intending to make some for myself because I couldn't find what I wanted, but then I discovered some Carmelites who do a wonderful job with them.

    Still, is there a certain type of wool which must be used for them?

  4. Lisa,
    I am only familiar with the requirements of the brown scapular, but the fabric must be 100% wool felt. For the brown, ivory on brown felt. I buy mine (for embroidery) from an Etsy shop owner. The parts for the scapulars I make for my priests come from a website and they are the wool felt with the canvas "fronts" and "backs." I hope that answers your question. :-)

  5. I think each project you post is more beautiful than the last! Praying for you and your family. ~ Rosemary


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