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Down to the Wire

October 8, 2012

Well friends, Sewing Summit starts in just two short days. I am plugging away at my to do list.  I am ridiculously thankful that Scott had a paid holiday today so I could get a lot of things done without parking Creamie in front of the TV all day.  She had a great time playing with him all day.  And I successfully threaded my serger without crying and then hemmed 20 tablecloths.

October 8, 2012 copy

Today I made a pretty vintage sheet bunting that is going to be given away in a bunting swap at Sewing Summit.  It felt good to cut into a few of the pretty sheets I’ve been saving and hoarding for so long.  One of my goals on my 30 before 30 list was to sell pieces of my sheet collection.  And as soon as Sewing Summit is over I am going to start slicing and dicing them into kits.  I’ll do some bunting kits, some fat quarter bundles, and probably some larger 1/4 yard strip kits.  I’ll get myself together here as soon as I recover from the next week.

learning to stitch copy

So, I don’t embroider.  Like at all.  But I want to learn, so on Saturday while I was working at my quilt shop job I asked the lady I was working with to give me a lesson.  She is amazing.  And before I left I had a good start on a small simple project.  On Sunday I was sitting on the couch working on it some more and Creamie got all excited about doing her own stitching.  And after lunch we tried it.  You guys.  She did amazingly well.  I mean, she got distracted easily, and had to stop for snacks, but before she went to bed she had stitched her own little flower.  All by herself.  I helped her get the needle up from the bottom in the right spot, but everything else was all on her own.  I am ridiculously proud.  And I am framing this little flower.  Today she started another project, her name in rainbow letters.  And this time she is doing the whole thing herself.  Her tiny little three year old fingers are coordinated enough to push her needle back up from the underside with only 1 thread between the end of her last stitch and the beginning of the next.  She amazes me.

bird stitching- my very first embroidery project.

This is my small project.  It’s my first successful embroidered anything.  (This pic was taken before I added the satin stitches on the beaks, and a worm in the mamas mouth.) The pattern is from Aimee Rae‘s book  Doodle Stitches.  Which is lovely, I’ve spent a happy few days browsing through it.   Ok, back to the todo list.  And I’m gonna work a little ice cream and warm cookies in there somewhere.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2012 11:30 pm

    She did fantastic! And I love your birds. Good luck finishing up for Summit.

  2. October 9, 2012 10:02 am

    Love her so much!! 🙂


  3. October 9, 2012 10:37 am

    Love your projects, and that you took the time to teach Creamie how to sew. I wish I had the patience, and I think I do, to teach one, but if I started with one, all three would be on my lap (or lack thereof) in a heartbeat trying to learn. I need to find a way to do more one-on-one projects with them. :/

    Good luck getting everything done, so jealous that you get to go hang out there!

  4. Kathleen Barden permalink
    October 9, 2012 1:19 pm

    The pictures of Creamie are precious indeed. I LOVE my Baby Lock Serger and look for excuses to change the thread. Treat yourself to a new serger with their Jet Air Threading System and their regulated tension discs too. You’ll wonder how you lived without it! And, if your current serger is new enought, see if the dealer will take it in trade. Just say’in.

    • October 9, 2012 2:52 pm

      Haha, my current serger was my mom’s. It’s more than 25 years old! I would love a new one, but when this one still runs so well I can not justify buying one. I mean, it still stitches perfectly, just a beast to thread. 🙂 Probably a tune up would help, maybe next year. I have heard Baby Lock’s are awesome though.


  5. October 9, 2012 7:45 pm

    I am so impressed she was able to embroider a flower at only 3 years old! I can’t wait to do crafts with my little one!

  6. Kelsey B permalink
    December 2, 2012 8:56 am

    Hi there! I am new to your site and am just LOVING your projects.
    Just a question…..while you were letting your daughter embroider the flower, did you just use a standard needle? Or is there a more blunt one that she used? I would LOVE to do this with my kids! Thanks for a great site and fabulous ideas!!

    • December 2, 2012 5:55 pm

      Thank you! I just used a regular needle. She poked herself once, not enough to draw blood, but she was a lot more careful after that and didn’t have any other problems with it. But you could try the plastic canvas with the plastic needles if you are worried about the real needles. I made lots of projects with my grandma when I was a little girl like that. 🙂

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