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Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that - one stitch at a time taken patiently and the pattern will come out all right like the embroidery. ~Oliver Wendell HolmesMy daughter has continued to express an interest in working with a needle and thread.
You can follow her progression over three projects in 2 years, to get an idea of the various levels as she has grown:
Project One @ age 4.5
Project 2 @ Age 5.25
Working with a blunt tapestry needle and large count Aida cloth (10 ct.), she continues to work on her fine motor skills, which of course are invaluable for the work of writing she does at school as a Grade One student. Not to mention the delight she gets from watching her creations take on colour and shape.
At nearly 6.5, she has drawn her own design (the girl still loves her dinosaurs!)
I copied this onto the cross stitch fabric using washable markers.
We placed the fabric in the hoop, taped up the raw edges and rolled and pinned them for ease of stitching.her next goal is to be able to thread the needle on her own.
As this project is fairly ambitious, she is working at it as she feels moved~ generally when I am at my work table and she wants to be close by (wonderful bonding time! ♥).
Having her own sewing basket is a point of pride.
Don't be afraid to start your little one on even the simplest of stitching!
Patience, hand/eye coordination, fine motor control, and a creative opportunities are just a few of the benefits.
As Holmes says... Life is like that.♥♥
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