Our interest in weaving evolved into an interest of knitting and then, sewing. My daughter received a simple kids' first sewing machine as a gift, and has had lots fun experimenting with it, making pillows and pouches.
I do not have a lot of sewing experience to teach her myself, so we found a local class to take together with friends at Hipstich. It was a great, different way to spend a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon!
Picking out the fabric for a project was half of the fun! We learned that there are many opportunities for creativity when sewing. From the project itself, to the fabric and the stitches to thread colors, the possibilities are endless.
Our girls had a blast experimenting with the different stitches on the machine, and learning how to move the fabric gently. We took a minute to look at the types of stitches on the clothes we were wearing, and learned great techniques for stitching from our very patient instructor. The girls made monogramed pillows, and us moms made tote bags. We are eager to learn more from grandparents and keep at it!
When we got home, my daughter wanted to sew a on button that had fallen off her new coat. We used a child's needle and burlap for hand sewing practice. This in particular is much like weaving, my daughter noted, as she followed the "over, under, over, under" pattern. She was motivated to learn because she had a goal in mind - replacing the button herself.
She successfully replaced the button, and then was delighted when hand sewing was a featured project at Mucky Kids, an art studio in Cambridge, when we stopped in last week.