10.31.2007

cute baby stuff

One of my readers emailed me to say (nicely) that it's not fair of me to mention my cute Ebay embroidery finds without showing pictures. LOL! It's true that I often show the finished items but some people don't want to wait that long.

I've bought two kits for baby things in the last month that are going to be so cool when finished. This first one is a 4 piece baby layette that has a blanket, kimono, sacque, and bib—all in white flannel trimmed with bright yellow binding and featuring cats to be embroidered. Unbelieveably, no one bid against me on this. Maybe they were scared off by the few stains mentioned by the seller, but the kit was in a sealed package and I figured it was a combination of dust and sunlight and they'd wash out easily. It's always a bit risky to buy a stamped-for-embroidery project with stains because you can't wash it until after the embroidery is done. I once had a seller at a show tell me that wasn't true—that the stamping doesn't really wash out—but don't you believe it... it will.



The other kit I bought is also for baby and it has a top sheet and matching pillowcase, both in white cotton and stamped with a mama bird pulling her baby in a little wagon. The motifs on these are so small and the lines so fine that the instructions call for a single strand of embroidery floss. I've started this project and work in small doses because it make my eyes tired!



I don't know who made these kits, although they're obviously the same manufacturer. The instructions on the back call for O.N.T. 6 strand embroidery cotton—maybe that's a clue. I just love them, though. And they'll make super cute baby gifts, and easy ones, too. As it says on the package "Nothing to do but simple embroidery."

And since it's Halloween tonight...

6 comments:

Milehimama said...

O.N.T. was embroidery cotton made by Coats and Clark.
http://www.coatsandclark.com/About+Coats/History/

Vanessa said...

Those are going to be so sweet. But single strand embroidery...ouch!

Junie Moon said...

What lovely embroidery designs. They are all adorable but there is something about a baby kimono that is extra sweet to me.

Cathy F said...

Janet, Any chance you can "steal" those baby transfer designs, enlarge them, and offer them for sale. I really like that bird pulling the wagon!

janet said...

Cathy F, we think alike -- they're on my list of patterns to trace :)

Astrid said...

I don't do much hand embroidery these days, but after seeing this it gave me an idea to convert a design like this maybe into a design for a machine but with and old world feel to it. Seeing this old pattern reminded me of patterns I remember my grandmother using! These are hard to come by anymore but classic none the less! Thanks for sharing...