21 February, 2014

Who's Been In My Studio?

I sat down to stitch together my blocks-of-the-month on Tuesday morning and after only a few seconds I realized that something was terribly wrong... my stitched seam was looped so loosely that it was easily pulled out with one finger. I was puzzled, momentarily, and then I remembered. Sweet little Lucy Ann had been "sewing" at Nana's machine last week. (The top tension had been dialed down to "0".) She loves to get out my "ribbon" (embroidery thread) and line them up (only the pink and  purple cones). I gave her a pair of children's scissors and she did some "trimming" for me too; I'm still vacuuming up thread snippets. I have high hopes for Lucy Ann sitting and sewing  for real. Right now I couldn't be happier that she likes to "pretend sew". At three years old I want her to have fun and enjoy playing with all of the equipment, that time will come, all too soon, when we will actually turn the machine on. Right now I just have to remember to check the dials and settings before I start. I've taught children basic sewing skills over the years and I always feel like I have accomplished a LOT when they use the proper names and stop referring to thread as "string" and a needle as " a pin"; my own granddaughter is the only one who's ever called thread "ribbon"! I may just have my work cut out for me this time, she'll keep Nana on her toes!
Life is Good!

8 comments:

Tanya said...

Three is starting her early! Beautiful picture of Lucy Ann.

Janet O. said...

Bless her helpful little heart!
Good Nana!! : )

Pat said...

Check out this blog, and use her search tool to find Kids Can Sew. She has some wonderful ideas for teaching kids to sew. Even has machine suggestions and pdfs of sewing exercises on paper.

www.welcometothemousehouse.com

Nane said...

I bet she will be ready to see some squares together soon, if you can keep Gregory from dismantling the machine to figure out how it works.

LizA. said...

I'm thinking it might be time to give her a bunch of scraps and let her play in the design board.....

jude's page said...

beautiful photo, won't be long before she can do it for real, I remember one of my grandies sewing with the foot pedal on a box so she could reach!

cityquilter grace said...

omgosh..only 3? she looks like she's ready to roll...LOL

thesewingwren said...

Oh how cute! I loved to sew with my Grandma! The best thing she let me do was tip out all her buttons, and I would play with them, sort them into colours. She would often tell me a little story where they came from, which cardigan or blouse they had been saved from. Oh sweet memories that I will keep safe forever...
Maybe Lucy Ann will tell her own story in years to come thanks to you!
Jay x