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My Story

   Welcome to Especially for Ewe. My name is Paula Benner and I am the creator of the smocked items that you see here. These are not machine smocked pieces, but hand smocked individually.    I take great pride in creating Timeless English Smocked Children’s Outfits for the special someone in your life. My business philosophy is Creating Original Hand English Smocked Dresses, To Dress Our Children in timeless style.     I look forward to delighting you with English smocked dresses and boys’ outfits to create the memories that you want for your little ones!

I thought I would start this blog with some personal information.  I am originally from New Hampshire but moved to Virginia a number of years ago.  My crafting interest comes directly from my mother and grandmother.  I remember my grandmother teaching me to knit.  I sat on the floor in front of her and she reached over to help with stitches, casting on or any other mistake that she saw.  My mother spent time teaching me how to use a sewing machine and cut out patterns and assemble patterns into garments.    Since that beginning I have learned crocheting with yarn and crochet thread, quilting, hand and machine embroidery and English smocking.  My new craze is my spinning wheel, yes a working spinning wheel.   I am slowly learning to spin wool into yarn that can be used for actual projects.  Because of the area that I live in wool, alpaca and many other fiber choices abound.  It is clear to see that my interests run the gambit of crafting media and methods.  This interest and really love of crafting is what launched me into opening my own business.  I use the tag Especially for Ewe with a sheep logo for that business combining my love of crafting and for those beautiful creatures that produce fiber.

How I Do It All!

   Especially for Ewe features hand smocked dresses and pinafores as well as a new line of button up outfits for the little boys. I specialize in sizes 3 months, up to size 6.

   Also featured on the site is hand-crochet stuffed animals. There are many baby shower perfect gifts including knit booties and crochet baby sets.


   Christmas of course is many people's favorite holiday.  Can we start with angels?  ?  Especially for Ewe has hand crochet angels in tree ornament size and shelf or treetop size for you to enjoy.  White Christmas lights make the angels seem to sparkle.