I had the opportunity to take some time off work while the grands had spring break. E, my oldest grand wanted another sewing session. I have blogged before about how she's learning to use the sewing machine. We were guest bloggers on the American Sewing Guild blog, found here.
This time she wanted to learn how to use the embroidery machine. OOOOOO-kay... well, she's pretty good at threading the Viking so I thought we'd give it a shot.
She picked out a few spools of variegated embroidery thread to use. We found stabilizer and some white-on-white cotton fabric. I showed her how to hoop everything.
|Her first ever thread next!!|
|She is good a choosing complementing colors.|
We took a break for some ice in a baggie for the burn, and had a beverage. After the sting wore off, she decided that it was time to read a book for a while. Mom came home and we stopped for dinner.
Next day we returned to the project. E had chosen a white fabric with multicolored dots for a backing. She pinned it up, and we discussed how to sew almost all the way around, leaving a whole for turning the project. She remembered having done this way back when she made her little dog blanket last year, so she happily worked her way around the edges, pulling out the pins as she sewed, stopping to pivot at the corners.
Things to remember:
- It's fun to choose your own 'ingredients'.
- Build on previous knowledge.
- Don't be afraid to try something new.
- Accidents happen. Be careful but be prepared.
- It's OK to take a break.
- Make it FUN!!
- Be proud of the finished product.