Thursday, June 17, 2010

End of sewing camp

Here's some of what's been happening:
  • C finished sewing camp today. She made the following items over the course of three days: a pin cushion (like a small pillow), a medium-sized pillow, and (most impressively) a pillow case made with three different kinds of fabric. In the afternoon, she paid me 10 points for an embroidery kit that I was hoping to save for later. I've just ordered two embroidery books that I hope C will find inspiring: Doodle Stitching: Fresh & Fun Embroidery for Beginners and the forthcoming sequel by the same author Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection: 400+ Easy Embroidery Designs. It's ambitious, and her interest may flag before the second book arrives, but I think embroidery might be very suitable for C--what craft could be easier and cheaper than just turning her loose with some colored floss and an old t-shirt or pillow case? Just the cover of the second book makes my mouth water--click that link and have a look at that peacock feather.
  • I'd like to ensure that both kids get lots of opportunities to work with their hands. It's so much easier to acquire physical skills when you are young. The deadline has passed, but there is another sewing camp at a different store next week, and I'm going to try to get C into it. I'm also thinking about 4-H. I did baking in 4-H as a sixth grader (including a demonstration at the county fair) and it was a very good experience. I don't know what age our local 4-H starts at (the websites are not very easy to navigate), but I can imagine C doing baking or maybe sewing. Gardening would be another option, but although I think she is theoretically interested in it, I can't really imagine her doing the work.
  • D made a LEGO sign with Lego bricks, replacing the 123 sign he made earlier. It looks great.

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