This was Lauren's first Easter dress. The tatting is from her GrandMary, the tiny baby pearl buttons were from my grandmother's sewing basket and on the back, she had a closure using a pearl button from her mother's wedding gown. We covered a lot of ladies in that little dress!
a very good place to start, if I remember correctly. I've been sewing since I was a young teenager. From time to time, I had the use of a borrowed sewing machine from my mother, grandmother or mother-in-law. Eventually I bought my own and put it to very good use. My aunt called me one day and asked if I wanted a smocking pleater and quickly announced that she already bought me one. I had no idea what to do with it at the time.
In 1985, that little pleater introduced me to the world of smocking, heirloom sewing, Martha Pullen, The Children's Corner patterns, french and Swiss lace, french seams, pearl buttons and the list goes on and on. I still use it today. Little did she know how long that piece of equipment would last! Several years and many pleats later, it has served me quite well and I treasure that little machine! Thanks Mim!
I'm Betsy. I am a needle artist with a passion for heirloom sewing. Whether it be English smocking, shadow-work embroidery, heirloom sewing or just fun and artsy stuff, I love it all! Here you will see where my needle and threads take me and hopefully find some inspiration along the way.