Tuesday, July 10, 2007

First Sewing Project
 My daughter wants to learn to sew. So, from the scraps pictured below, I cut a few squares and helped her piece them on the old sewing machine. She was nervous but determined. She is all of just barely six years old. They came out so well, I decided to keep them and make it into a pillow. Unfortunately, I couldn't stand the colors of the two fabrics together, so off we went into the garage where I painted this wax design on, bleach discharged, and then dyed in fuschia (her choice). Afterwards, I taught her a few hand sewing techniques and we embellished with a bit of embroidery on the surface. She did the orange running stitch in the middle, cautiously avoiding the sharp end of the needle. Her older brother jumped in with the yellow backstitch. She didn't have the patience to do it all, so we decided to do it together. Voila'!


Nellie's Needles said...

Fantastic!... the pillow and the experience of makiking it, plus the expression of creativity from all of you.

Elaine said...

That's really neat! My daughters are 5 and 3. Helen (5) insists that she will learn how to sew when she's six, so I've got a year to plan a good "first project." This is good inspiration. I like how piecing was only a small part of it.

My mom taught me to cross-stitch by having me stitch my name on large gingham. I remember sitting there on the sofa learning how to do it, so I know that your daughter will treasure the time working with you. And I hope mine remember their first sewing lessons, too.

Thanks for sharing!

Helen said...

Kathy, that is fantastic, what a great cooperative project. Starting at six is GOOD!

Vicki W said...

What a great first project!