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BTRT Patterns (on Etsy)

Thursday, 18 March 2010
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 Holmes

Today, Rowan made her first stitches. Sure, she has tried lacing cards and the like, but with her recent requests to *sew*, largely motivated by her desire to get into my colourful embroidery floss, these were her first honest-to-goodness stitches.

We used 10 count Aida cloth (for cross stitching) as it has a nice open weave (burlap would work, too). And we didn't have to dig too far into my crafty past stash to find a 6" hoop and some blunt tip tapestry/ cross-stitch needles. I figure that with the aida, when we have a piece we want to keep, it will be ready to become a pillow top or otherwise integrated into something.

Once the cloth was taut in the hoop, I threaded the needle and tied a slip knot at the eye and a knot in the tail (thanks to Amanda Blake Soule's book for the tips!)~ not kosher embroidery but it helped this 4 year old novice out (and saved her mother much frustration).
And away she went, with great determination and growing confidence that you could almost measure from stitch to stitch. By the time she was ready for a second thread she cut it herself, and with the third, she threaded the needle. At this point I left her on her own as I went to dye some silk, just helping out with knotting and the odd tangled thread.
On her own she made a star and the letter A. With encouragement she tried large and small stitches and made a small running stitch row of 5-6 stitches. On her next foray we will draw a simple shape or image for her to work with as she experiments and finds her way around hoop, needle and thread.
Definitely worth a try with an interested little one!

Hairband from Etsy Shop Lil Bug Boutique and Bunny Ears from Etsy Shop Ribbon Candy Hairbows)


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