Su has been asking for a while if I would teach her to sew. S and I talked about it and decided to get her a few things for Christmas: some plastic needlepoint canvasses, four different colors of yarn, and a couple of those blunt needles used for needlepoint. I had an old decorated basket floating around the house, so that is her sewing basket.
On Mondays F is at art class for two hours and Su and I have some special Mama and Daughter time. We usually have a cup of tea together and then we work on a project.? Since Christmas we have used that time to make two coasters with her needlepoint kit.
She sits on my lap and I help her figure out where to put the needle in and out. I try to let her do most of the work, although when we get close to the end it can be hard to pull the needle through. I also give her some guidance on where to sew to make a nice pattern. She chooses what color to sew with and we change colors every time we cut a new piece of yarn just to keep things interesting.
The pieces aren’t really complicated, and they are a mess on the back, with lots of loose ends. I sew a little piece of flannel on the back to cover all that up and figure she’ll improve with time.
I’m really pleased with these projects, they fill several of the requirements for successful preschooler projects:
- They can be completed in two or three sessions at most. Su will work on one for about twenty minutes and then she’s done.
- It’s easy to see that progress is being made.
- They make nice gifts for grandparents, friends etc. otherwise they’d become clutter.
- They are creative and related to something that grownups do. Su was especially pleased when I told her that her great-grandmother did needlepoint. She feels a connection to her larger family through this project.