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Handwork Day

A few months ago Elli comes up to me while I'm knitting and says

"Mommy! I wanna do that thing you do with the pointy thing"

I think about this.

"Do you mean you want to knit baby?"

"NO! The other thing. With the circle thing"

*lightbulb* I had been working on Gray's Christmas stocking a few weeks prior.

"You want to do some stitching?" " YES!" "Okay baby, I'll have something for you tomorrow"

I went to my stitching stash, pulled out this cheap evenweave I picked up years ago for doodle cloth, whack off a good size square, put it in a 5 in hoop. Grab some red #3 pearl cotton and use my water soluble marker to draw a small snowflake pattern.  The next day we sit down together in my rocking chair and "stitch" my hand over hers and talking her through the process. She lost interest about halfway through and I put it away.

She finally remembered it again about 2 weeks ago. We pulled it out and finished it. Yea Elli!

Ike and Gwen then decide they want to stitch. First, we make a trip to Michaels so everyone can pick out their own embroidery hoop (I only have 1) Everyone picks a different color, so there will be NO arguments about whose hoop is whose. A couple of nights ago I whack off some more fabric and load the hoops.

This afternoon, we sit down while Gray is napping and stitch! Ike is sitting on the kitchen table and working pretty independently. He understands the push from the bottom, pull from the top thing. He only needed the occasional "What do I do now Mommy?" instruction. His independence was actually really useful, as Gwen needed her needle re-threaded after every pull. He was kind enough to help her. This allowed me to divide my attention between the two girls. Elli didn't need me to guide her hands anymore, but she did need me to point out exactly where she needed to go. Gwen, touching a needle for the first time, needed my hands to guide her.  Helping all three through this process was actually pretty intense. But I have to admit, pretty cool.

And I have to admit, I was VERY happy to hear Gray wake up when he did. After an hour I was wiped!

Both Ike and Gwen finished their snowflakes, and Elli got a good start on her next ornament a Christmas tree in 3 colors using backstitch. Ike also started his tree too. He kept stitching for awhile in my room after Gray woke up.

I am really liking how much Ike is enjoying handwork. He gets very calm and centered and (YES!!!!) focused. The only downside I could possibly see is that someday some other friend might make some disparaging comments.

I also need to come up with some more projects for them to work on...must do research. =)

Comments

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sapphyres
Jul. 13th, 2010 06:08 am (UTC)
How cute!

I can understand the concern over comments from other children. It starts me off on pondering the cruelty of children. I think they find anything to remark on that's different but some things seem to be considered better ammo.
aelfie
Jul. 13th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
Joe is waffling on learning how to knit...so I'm working on him. =) He's worried about the time commitment =) "Like I need another thing to get addicted to" And I can totally understand that 'cause I held off learning for the same reason...now I can't find enough space/hiding places for my yarn stash. =)
rephetibel
Jul. 13th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
There are so many good skills involved in this! What a excellent mom you are. Have you considered knotting the two ends of the floss together? My mother started me out that way.
aelfie
Jul. 13th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea. But Pearl Cotton is really thick and the holes on the fabric aren't big enough for it doubled. I'll switch to floss for the next projects I think.
allanh
Jul. 13th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
Yay for unsolicited handwork!!!
mini_katkat
Jul. 13th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
Very cool! I hope they all, especially Ike, continue to enjoy stitching with you.

Have you considered looking up video game sprites for stitching?
polychrome_baby
Jul. 14th, 2010 01:44 am (UTC)
My mom believed strongly that every person, male or female, should know how to sew at least a little.

Boys and girls both need to know how to mend a garment and sew a button on.

Plus, my brother ended up opting for sewing class so he could "hand out with the chicks," while I ended up taking woodworking because I just wanted to make things. :)
aelfie
Jul. 14th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
One of the things I LOVE about Waldorf Education (which is the curriculum I'm using for homeschooling) is that Handwork is part of the school week. First Graders learn knitting, Second grade is crocheting, Third grade is more knitting and the intro of perling, etc etc. In the schools they have dedicated Handwork teachers! My goal is to go to school someday and take that particular training.
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