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Embroidery for Kids

Last year Becca began a level 1 qualification in Textiles. Her first unit was on embroidery for kids. It has been wonderful watching her enthusiasm for embroidery take off. This first unit required Becca to create a sampler of a variety of stitches. We used the following book: Making a Simple Stitch Sampler At first…

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How to Make a Trouser Pattern {Sewing School}

We are currently studying the First World War and wanted to make a soldier’s uniform for Abigail. A quick online peruse, and I could not find any patterns specifically for this period. There were lots of ready made costumes, but no instructions on making our own. So I decided to give it a go myself,…

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Sewing a Drawstring Bag

Sewing a drawstring bag is easy peasy and a perfect first project to work on the sewing machine. I chose felt for Becca to work with because it is a non fraying material meaning Becca wouldn’t have to neaten any seams. Sewing a Drawstring Bag: Reading and Practicing We are using ‘My First Sewing Machine’…

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Simple Sewing School: Hand-Sewing a Pin Cushion

I am using ‘Sewing School’ by Aime Plumley to teach the girls to hand sew. Hopefully this is a prelude to something big for Becca. Although Lillie is very creative, and has been very dedicated to arts of all kinds since the age of 12, Becca has been interested in all things creative since she…

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Sewing School: How to Make a Needle Book

I used the following book and felt to teach the girls how to make a needle book. The girls came with me to chose their felt, thread and needle threaders which increased their enthusiasm to get started: Using the patterns in the book I cut out two patterns for the needle book and cut four…

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Sew Simple Sewing School: Lesson One {Threading, Knotting, Straight Stitch}

The first lesson goal was simple: teach my girls to thread a needle, double knot the thread and to stitch in a straight line.  As I was working with a five-year old who had done very little sewing in the past I opted to use Binca material (traditionally used for cross stitch).  I wanted to…

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Medieval Fashions: Knight’s Lady

C11 is doing her presentation at the feast on medieval fashions.  She had made a fabulous start, creating a hand sewn costume for her medieval peasant doll.  It had taken her much longer than anticipated, leaving only three weeks until the date of the feast to have her next costume completed by.  This costume was…

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Homemade Handicrafts

Each Saturday I spend two very precious hours with my older twin daughters.  They have me all to themselves and I have them all to myself.  We guard this time very protectively and have tried to make it as special as possible.  First we walk, always hand in hand, three abreast, to the local charity…

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