Tuesday, September 20, 2011
he started his experience with sewing last year by experimenting on a piece of burlap in an extra-large embroidery hoop. (this idea came from amanda soule's great book, the creative family.) a tapestry needle is nice and large for little hands to hold, and pretty blunt, too. perfect beginner piece. the stitching is done with embroidery floss, which is good and thick, easy to see. i helped him get set up and let him stitch however the heck he wanted. the first couple of pieces were simply undone and started afresh when he got tired of that design. then i eventually nudged him to practice small stitches, which evolved into doing a basic design with purpose. he's messed with stitching on and off over the last several months. a few days ago, on his own initiative, he cut up some felt and tried to make a sleeping bag for his little fella. turned out he'd cut the bag too small, so it became a pillow. now he wants to make a sleeping bag.