Quilting and sewing is enjoyable only when you are able to share it with someone else. I share my stitching with my two sisters, friends, guild members, and even acquaintances. Now, I am sharing stitching with my eight-year-old granddaughter. She spent another Saturday morning practicing the sewing lessons I started a couple weeks ago.
Emma is learning to embroider. She traced the heart pattern onto a piece of muslin and hooped it with flannel backing. She selected three colors of embroidery floss and is learning to thread a needle and make a knot. This isn’t easy for a newbie and is teaching Grandma patience. She outlined the hearts using a stem stitch. Sometimes she made large stitches and had to take them out and redo them. Sometimes she didn’t catch the thread on the front of the stitch and either removed the stitch or kept it. Sometimes she caught the corner of the fabric in her stitch as it folded across the back of the hoop. All this is a part of the learning process.
We took a break from stitching to practice on the sewing machine. She threaded the machine and stitched a sample with straight, curved and V-shaped lines. Learning to start and stop at a specific point can be challenging. She is also learning how to adjust the speed with the foot pedal. After a couple of hours, I think Emma needed a break. But, she was persistent and wanted to finish the project. So, she trimmed the finished embroidery, pinned it to a backing, and stitched the seams on the sewing machine. After turning right side out, she stuffed it with some batting scraps and whipped stitched the opening. Voila, a pincushion. Quite an accomplishment.
As for my projects, I completed some hand quilting on Sunday. Too many other activities going on in my life to allow much time for stitching. But, sewing with Emma is worth more than finishing a WIP anyday.
Until next week…Happy Stitching!