Friday, July 13, 2012

Quite a bit of sewing-related activity...

The second week of school holidays saw us up and about, still coughing but at least able to move... and sew.  Even the play-date visitors got roped into sewing.
There was embroidery followed by machine stitching.  The girls made their embroidery into little cushions (which I forgot to photograph). 

Once again, my heart was warmed to the cockles as I listened in to the instruction going on at the sewing machine.  My little sewing teacher turned the speed right down on the machine and was gently encouraging her friend (who'd never used a machine before) and praising even the smallest of achievements.  The novice was very nervous, so they eventually worked out a "you do the pedal and I'll steer" arrangement. Teamwork.
Then my girl pumped up the speed and confidently sewed flat-chat around the edge of her cushion.  I'm beginning to think that it might be time to upgrade the Mini Elna already.

Yesterday, we had an outing to Ballarat via Bacchus Marsh.  I had to do a bit of a pattern-stockist road trip, so we decided to make a day of it.
At Eureka Patchwork, I did a fair bit of fabric-fondling, especially in the "special" room where all the best fabrics are.  I loved these textured Japanese cottons.  Almost edible.
The wee girl spent about an hour, sifting through the button box at the end of the half-bolt aisle.
She filled a bag of buttons for her and one for me.  Can you guess which one is hers (below)?
It was a bit exciting to see so many of the selvedges that I'd sent to Annie, put to use in such a beautiful quilt.
We had a lovely afternoon, hanging out with Annie and her family - the small girl playing with the cats and drawing pictures, me chatting with Annie and playing with her sewing machine - and then we came home via a visit with my parents. 

I appear to have come home with a goodly portion of the $15 bargain room at Eureka Patchwork.
Did you know that Eureka Patchwork stock the full range of my patterns and hardware?   Hopefully soon, they'll be online as well as in the bricks-and-mortar shop.

Another bit of holiday fun for me, was to see this 60% scale of my Draped T-dress made by Anna, who was pattern-testing the shopping bag pattern for me.   When she mentioned that she'd like to make one for her 5-year-old, I got a bit excited and printed out the scaled-down pattern for her.  Isn't it cute?!

To finish off our sewing-week, there was a bit of collaborative book-writing....
After the smallest collaborator wrote the table of contents, she thought it best if I do the writing and she illustrate (and dictate). 
It was all about speed and efficiency. She's definitely a creative director and not a technical grafter, my girl.
And when I finished writing, she tactfully asked, "Do you think anyone will be able to read your writing?"

Gotta love her.

Next week, I hope to have my work brain back on.  The combination of flu and lots of work-day parenting has meant that there has been a lot of fuzz and frazzle and very little straight-thinking for the last few weeks.  Back to normal programming soon.


Carmel Morris said...

Awesome. That girl is going to go far!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

that girl scares the life outta me!

My next machine will be a Banina. I expect her to have her own factory before the end of primary. and lable, and she's got the sweatshop management down already ;-)

Yes, thanks all those fabrics.

Ashley said...

That quilt is awesome! I used to throw away scraps of fabric but now I see that you can use them in so many ways.

I also love seeing children crafting (that's how I got involved in the craft world), she is going to be a crafty lady when she grows up ;)


Katy Cameron said...

Well you did say you were looking to write a new book... ;o)

Loving the teamwork sewing, and the idea of a 'special room' :oD

Anonymous said...

So much joy from our little ones and their (and our) sewing/crafting. The book is priceless. I hope you'll pop that away in her keepsake box. Anna

CurlyPops said...

Oh my goodness, that little book is completely adorable. Another author in the making!

Fer said...

You and your girl have the best adventures! Glad to hear you're well enough to get out and about too. :-)

Leanne said...

Toooo cute LOVE the Banina sewing machine.