Second week of Griff's and my round of Side by Side Saturdays. This week we were signed up for a fiber arts class to make a bag or pin...turned out we did the embroidery for a drawstring bag, and also did a little project for the Visual Arts Center. Each adult was given a shape like the one below on the left, and each kid was given one like the one below right, and we were asked to fill it in with something representing ourselves. Supposedly the shapes will be cut out and pieced together into a dress. I think I heard that right. A dress? Huh. Ok. Hopefully I'll remember to go check it out later, although I have no idea when it will be on view.
Ok, so then we got down to the embroidery. Have you ever transferred your own design to fabric? It's pretty cool. We sketched in pencil, then copied it onto tracing paper, then turned the tracing paper over and traced the mirror image with a transfer pen. Then we ironed it onto fabric. Nifty! Then started the real work - teaching a six-year-old how to do a backstitch. He has had a little bit of prior experience with a needle and thread, but the embroidery concept was new. We kept finding new challenges and new solutions, and in the end he had a finished design he was proud of: a piece of pizza, a macaroni noodle, and his name.
Our instructor, Tesni, took the finished pieces home to turn them into bags, which we'll pick up next week. I wasn't done my painstakingly tiny-stitched embroidered dinosaur (for a pouch for Reese) so I took it home to finish on my own. I can whip up a bag, no problem, it's just finding time for embroidery that's an issue.
Griff LOVED this project, and I love that he's so into learning different craft techniques! I also realized this week that 1.5 hours is just about his limit for sitting still. That's a LONG time for a six-year-old and speaks to his powers of concentration as well as how interesting the classes are. Still, it's funny that two weeks in a row he started *vibrating* right around the 1.5-hour mark and started using furniture in jungle-gymmy ways just before 2 hours. I think we'll wait until another year to do any of the 3-hour summer camp sessions. ;)