I am no parenting expert, but if you’ve been following this blog for any time at all, you know that I firmly believe in letting children do whatever activities their parents do, and I don’t really believe in giving children plastic, useless versions of tools. So when we built Son’s new bed, we bought him a real hammer. Sure, it was a tack hammer, but it was a real hammer none the less. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to do a job with an inefficient tool. And although we didn’t let Son hammer on his bed, we did give him a block of wood and real nails. I don’t even think he smashed his thumb once!
Keeping these things in mind, when Son mentioned that he wanted to do some sewing, and handed me a skein of embroidery floss, I said “Ok, we’ll get you your own stuff at the store when we go.”
So when we went to Michael’s to pick up a few things, I checked out their needle aisle. I noticed a set of needles called “Tapestry” needles. Their points didn’t seem too sharp to hurt little fingers, or too dull to make them useless with actual fabric. So I picked them up, and when we got home, I got Son settled.
I used some fabric left over from the shower curtain project, stretched it over a 12″ hoop, and threaded his new needle. He has worked on it for a few days, now.
He’s so excited, and really seems to enjoy it. Even more impressive, is that he’s actually doing a pretty good job!
I told him to simply follow the lines, and that is what he’s done. He even asked to change colors when he ran out of green. Some may say a boy shouldn’t be sewing, but he thinks it’s a peregrine falcon, which is tough, and cool. So there.
As of the writing of this post, Son has finished outlining the legs in yellow, and begun outlining the wing in orange. To each their own. Maybe once he’s got the bird outlined, I show him how to fill it in using a satin stitch.