Wednesday, December 9, 2009
first embroidery, a give-away and an interview
I had the pleasure of answering some very thoughtful questions for Jean, of The Artful Parent. We spoke a bit about my early influences, which inspired me to hunt down some childhood photos to share. In the process, I came across my first embroidery lesson... saved in a scrapbook of all of my early art and writing. I had already prepared a little give-away for Jean's blog based on what we're doing a lot of these days: embroidery. Wonderful!
The above photo is from left to right: my first embroidery, my son's first embroidery, and my daughter's first stitching. My daughter didn't use a hoop until recently, and at this point, she was ready for a little challenge. She asked me to help her make a cat. I created a simple pattern and she "traced" it with thread. I'm not one to encourage coloring books and staying in the lines, but I think there is a window in development when a child has mastered certain skills and wants to "practice" something representational. This hand drawn cat template encouraged each stitch to be placed with care.
It was a sweet exercise... she loved it! I am offering a child's first embroidery kit as a give-away over at The Artful Parent. Please go have a visit... and I hope you enjoy the interview!