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Martha's Heirlooms
306 West Main St.
Mason, Ohio 45040


January White Sale:
20% off All White Fabric
20% off all Cross Stitch Fabrics


See our Classes page for this month's classes.


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New Merchandise:

cb passion for needlework.jpg (20079 bytes)A Passion for Needlework:   A beautiful embroidery book from  Inspirations Magazine $39.95 

Australian Smocking and Embroidery

I have some very popular out of print issues from years ago.   These will sell for $22.00 each.   Or call the shop if you're looking for a special issue.

Out of print early back issues: $22.00 each.   Stock limited!  21,22,25,28,29,30,31,33,35,36,37,38,40,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,53,54,58,59,60.

Let me know if you are looking for others.    I do have some that are gently used.


New Fabrics:

Cotton Velveteen:  Purple,  $18.00/yd

Leno Satin Check:  45" wide $14.00/yd

Featherwale Corduroy, Ironwood (grey) 60" $14.00/yd

Imperial Batiste, Mauve 45"

Pima Cotton Pique in Red and Royal Blue: 
60" wide, 100" pima cotton $14.00/yd

Verona Florals:

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Sea Island Romper.jpg (66733 bytes)Sea Island Cotton Baby Knit:  60" wide.  100% pima cotton.  White only.  $20.00/yd  This fabric is beautiful.  Soft, great weight, and smocks and pleats great. Perfect for saques, nightgowns, bubbles.   A best seller.  


Classic Sewing 8.jpg (9203 bytes)Classic Sewing:   $24.99      132 pages of smocking, embroidery, heirloom sewing.  Includes full patterns.   Published 4 times per year.



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New Smocking Plates:

Cross Eyed Cricket

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Cajun Christmas    Doggie Ride Along   Gingerbread Santas

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Pumpkin Surprise    Santa Hats      Turkey Lineup    Up and Away

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The Cat Fight

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Tulips    America Celebrates  Catching some Shade  Fun in the Sun

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Jolly Roger  Lobster Beach Day    Sand Crab           Yummy Donuts


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American Beauty   Barnyard Friends    Lacy's Ladybugs    Leaping Lambs  Mardi Gras Dancing Crawfish

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   Springs Welcome   Blue Bells     Brown Bunnies     Lady Bug Overload

Pat Garretson

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Blythe             December    December Birthday    Melania

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Gingham Christmas Stockings    Santa and Reindeer II      November

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O Come all Ye Faithful


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Deborah          Bebe Easter     February         Heather

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August       Christening gown for     Bunny Patch     On the Farm


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Campbell             Carly       Oh Christmas Tree      October       Jane

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Brooklyn                Hannah






Queen City Chapter of SAGA

The Queen City Chapter of SAGA would like you to be our guest:     
     We have an active Smocking Guild that meets monthly and offers educational programs 
as well as the friendship of those who share the same sewing and needlework interest.  We 
have exciting things planned for the next year and would love to include new members in our
guild.  We meet at 7:30 pm on the 2nd Thursday of the month at Martha's Heirlooms, 306 W. 
Main St.  Mason, Ohio.  For more information on SAGA, log onto SAGA's website
   For more information on our local guild in Cincinnati,  which has a lot to 
offer its members e-mail me at



Smocking with Corduroy


Martha Bailey


Corduroy has been a long time favorite for children's clothing. It is durable, warm, soft and can make a special play or dressy garment. The colors available are beautiful and the featherwale (21 wale per inch) gives the appearance of a velveteen. Featherwale corduroy is easy to pleat, smock, and care for. In working with corduroy for several years in sewing children’s smocked clothing I have learned a lot, mostly from trial and error. These are a few tips of mine to help give you the best results.

Cutting out:

Nap up or down: What ever way you cut your fabric make sure all pieces have the nap of the corduroy facing the same direction. Some people prefer to cut with the nap going up (smooth side of nap) and some prefer it going down. I have found the the color of the corduroy will be richer with the wale going up and you won’t have shiny areas after many wears at knees, backs of skirts and places that the nap would have more pressure with wear. Most people love the feel of the nap going down so what ever you prefer is correct.


Wale side up: When pleating corduroy pleat with the wale side facing up as you feed the fabric through the pleater. When the needles go through the fabric they will pierce the fabric and not the nap of the wale. If you pleat with the wale down you will have the increased chance of having skipped pleats. Pleating wale side up will solve this problem.

Moiré effect: When corduroy is pleated you will get a moiré effect. Once the corduroy is smocked and blocked the moiré effects not as apparent.   If you do not want this effect I usually suggest that an inset is used of the corduroy. Especially if doing a yoke 
dress or a jumper. Pleat an inset of the corduroy and smock on the wrong (un-wale side) of the fabric inset. You will still get the matching color but not the moiré.

Picture smocking: When picture smocking on corduroy is desired, pleat an inset of the corduroy and smock on the wrong side of the corduroy. You will not have the moiré effect and the coverage should be sufficient with four strands of floss. It is difficult to get neat picture smocked figures when working with a wale fabric. Note that the pleats are fatter than if using a broadcloth so figures will be larger. You will also have less pleats to work with due to the thickness of the fabric so adjustments may have to be made to your design.

Geometric Smocking: I will usually use four strands of floss to allow for coverage over the wale of the fabric and thickness of the pleats. 
You may get better coverage if you use Floche.

Construction:  Featherwale corduroy is fine enough to make mini-piping for contrast. Corduroy will flake off so seams should be finished with a zig-zagged or French seam. I usually will do French seams on my corduroy garments easily without too much bulk.

Pressing: When pressing corduroy press with the wrong side up so that the iron does not flatten the wale of the fabric. A pressing cloth may also be used for pressing.

Bishops with Corduroy: Bishops are easily made with corduroy. When I cut out a bishop from corduroy I will take 2" out of the center front, center back and center of sleeves. (Ellen McCarn Ultimate Bishop) The corduroy pleats are fatter than with lighter weight fabrics and less fabric is needed at the neckline. (If you have too much heavy fabric at the bishop neckline it may be difficult to pull pleats up tight enough to get the neck band on.  (You may need to eliminate less fabric if other bishop patterns are used. The Ultimate Bishop is a very full bishop.)

To construct my bishop neckline before pleating I will usually sew sleeve seams right sides together, trim to 1/8" and overcast with a small zig-zag. This will allow the seams to pass easily through the pleater, (Note: I have found that serged seams and French seams with corduroy are too heavy and large to go through the pleater.

Hopefully these tips will help you with your construction and smocking of corduroy garments. The fabric is wonderful to work with and your little ones will love wearing it. If you have any questions or need a source for corduroy you may contact me at Martha’s Heirlooms, 306 West Main St. Mason, Ohio 45040 513-229-7340 or 1-888-277-6432 or by email at