I would like to dedicate this post to my 10 year old granddaughter.
I am not posting her picture; sadly there are those who like to misuse pictures of children, but take it from me, she is very pretty - and this is her grandmother's "objective" opinion :-)
I posted some of her work here before - going back some 4 years.
Then we played with paper and pencils,
and progressed to pieces of fabrics and threads,
collected autumn leaves and made pictures
then we discovered felt
and needle and thread
Anna joined a sewing club at the school and there was no end of little creations;
during school holidays we spend lots of time in my sewing room.
This is something she designed and made herself for the village show -
a set of lavender bags to hang on the wall, hand stitched.
Earlier this year together we started a project - a present for Anna's mum's birthday, which is in the summer.
A Baking Cloth - something you use when baking, to cover your bowl, instead of a tea towel.
I made one for myself way back, adapting a Norwegian pattern. I use it all the time.
This was quite a challenge for Anna:
although she has already mastered several embroidery stitches, so much back stitch in one go was a lot to ask, but she stuck with it. I did the patchwork part for her; she chose the fabrics from mine and hers stash (yes, this little girl already has her own stash of fabrics!)
At the start of the summer Anna asked me to teach her to knit. We spent an afternoon playing with knitting needles - she went home knowing how to do it.
No masterpiece yet, but "watch this space".
During the school holiday this summer she asked me to show her how the sewing machine works.
I knew this wasn't just about "showing". That was when I got nervous, 10 year old fingers ........
I changed the foot speed to low and crossed my fingers.
I did not need to worry; by the time she went home, she was sewing away, practising on a piece of fabric. She learnt how to thread the machine, and keep her fingers away from the needle.
The following week she arrived - "grandma, I want to make something on the sewing machine.
I want to make a cushion."
Again - all the fabrics and arrangement was her idea; I cut out the squares for her.
I just can't imagine a rotary cutter in those little hands, yet.
And she was away. She took the cushion home to embellish and stuff, even practising little quilting.
This is it.
One more quick project, just to keep her hand in :-)
Did I tell you she is pretty? :-) And clever and funny?
She also does swimming, cross country running, gymnastics.
And she is my stitching friend.