Shortly after Christmas, Charlotte said she wanted to sew a scarf, and also informed me that she had already designed it. I was thrilled. It has always been my dream that she would want to sew, and in anticipation of that I was ready with her own Featherweight, purchased long before she was even born.
She is 4 1/2 and unbelievably bright. However, I wanted her to understand the concept of sewing but was unsure how to convey that in a way that would make sense to her.
Talk about incredible timing. At that very time, Deborah Moebes of Whipstitch said she was starting a series called Sewing With Kids, geared to 3- to 8-year-olds, all about introducing sewing skills to little ones. I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was, because it meant Levi could also take part in the lessons as well.
Deborah's first lesson was titled "Patience." In the introduction, she said: "The very first skill new fingers must master in order to work their way up to the sewing machine is simply understanding what sewing is and how it works. Seeing that thread can hold things together and keep them there, so that the finished product is something more than the initial bits and pieces...is a huge part of conceptualizing sewing."
EXACTLY what I was looking for.
Lesson One involved dyeing pasta shapes and stringing them together, the standard macaroni necklace.
I chose three different shapes and got food coloring. And did you know that you can now get food coloring in neon colors? Awesome!
Charlotte chose the colors she wanted and we made little bowls full of dye, just like dyeing Easter eggs.
That morning we had time to dye our pasta and let it dry, but no time for sewing. We saved that for another day.
We spread all the pasta on the table, and Charlotte and Levi had their strings cut and ready to go. I told them they could do whatever they wanted, and gave them a few suggestions, like pick one color but use all three shapes, pick a shape and but change the color every other one, etc., just something to get them thinking about pattern and design choices.
Charlotte immediately said she wanted to do a "pattern." Yay! I watched to see what that meant to her. She stuck with rigatoni and chose three colors, and just repeated the pattern over and over.
The winner of The Quilt Show certificate giveaway is Jen, and you should definitely check out her blog,
The Quilty Home. Jen, I'll be in touch with the information.