Each week, I bring a project I am stitching to help pass the time. It's amazing how just stitching on brightly colored fabric will open up a conversation with a passerby. Most of the comments are something like..... "I used to do that when I was a child." "My grandma used to stitch." "That is so beautiful." "I could never do that." It makes me feel good to build a project over the weeks and have something to keep me sane when no one is loving and buying our lamb.
One of the passing people this season has been a 7 year old girl named Sasha. She approached me 5 weeks ago at one of the first markets. It was cold, noone was buying my lamb and she was a ray of sunshine. She said to me "What are you doing?" and I showed her my current project of the season. I have been working on wool felted fabric circles with wool embroidery on them. Here are some of them......
Sasha was so enthusiastic and wanted to learn to stitch. I invited her behind my table and taught her running stitch on some extra wool felt I had in my box of tricks. She had sewn some before and picked it up quickly. Next we moved onto chain stitch. Sasha was amazingly quick and smart and funny. I could tell she "has it in her fingers." We sat stitching and chatting - the two of us.
Sasha's Mom, sister Lola, and Sasha have come to the market every week since. At around 3:15, when school lets out the Tuesday Market starts filling up with kids and families. It is a very active place - with the flavored Shaved Ice being the biggest seller. Just after 3 p.m. each week, Sasha runs up to me, slips behind the table, and gets to work. I'm waiting for her to get bored and move onto something else but not yet.
In the first 3 weeks, Sasha learned Running Stitch, Chain Stitch, French Knots, French Knots on Tails, and Whipstitch. She renamed french knots on tails as TADPOLE KNOTS. Aren't kids imaginations awesome? Sasha finished this potholder in 3 weeks of market stitching time.
Last week, Sasha made an entire potholder in one market session. She learned Spider Web, Whipped Running Stitch and Blanket Stitch. Here it is.
If you ask Sasha what her favorite stitch is, she will say Cross Stitch. When she was just about ready to leave, she told me she wanted me to have the yellow potholder. Thank you Sasha! I will treasure it always. Can't wait to see you next week.
If you want to teach a young friend of yours embroidery this summer, I have a limited number of my 2004 hard-cover Kids Embroidery books for sale on my website. I'll be happy to sign one to your gift recipient. Here's the link to the page. You could also add a pack of my "Some of Each" Crewel Wool assortments to make a nice little end of school year gift for one of your favorite students. Crewel wool is very forgiving and I highly recommend it for teaching kids to stitch.
Help me spread the Embroidery Love and pass on the art of Crewel Embroidery to the younger generation!
And Sasha - I will see you next week.
I'm on my way to Boston to teach STEEKING and EMBROIDERY ON KNITS at Stitch House in Dorchester Saturday. There are still spots available. Here is the link for more information. I've heard such good things about this store - I cannot wait to meet the staff and customers and see all they offer. It is one of those stores that sells both yarns and fabrics so it will be a feast for the senses. Hope to see some of you blog readers there.
Can't get to Stitch House? You can still take an embroidery class with me over on Craftsy. This weekend they are having a Flash Sale with all classes of sale. Use this link to get a discount on any Craftsy class you want. (I will earn a small commission if you use my link - thank you!)
Embroidery is a great craft to do in the summer months because it is so portable and will not get you over heated like knitting can sometimes. Besides - you can teach friends too.
What a fun way to spend a summer with a child or grandchild - both of you learning to stitch via my on-line Craftsy Class Stitch It with Wool! Check it out here.