He came for a visit.
We talked about making a 'pocket cloth'.
He showed interest right away.
He squished up different sizes to see how small it should be
to fit in his pocket.
In my studio, he's offered fabrics to choose from.
Interest begins to fade.
This was like pulling teeth! And believe me, even his loose tooth didn't
come out - it was tough!!!
After looking at bags and bags of fabric, he chose 3!
No More. Just 3.
I explain the "Magic Stitch" ... "Invisible Baste" ..."Glue Stitch"
His big eyes expand in huge circles of wonder and amazement!
We doodle his design (his is the large square, mine is the small square).
It's tricky to figure out how to make it using the three fabrics he chose
and the triangle shape he wants.
I explain about the 4th space on the white fabric.
He comes up with a solution to cut away the last triangle
of white backing fabric, stating that it looks like a cat, like ears.
Yep, I see that!
|He draws a dotted line to symbolize where we will cut.|
He makes symbols for the arrowhead and leaf fabric.
And puts a "f" for the feather fabric.
"I can't draw feathers", he says.
As we problem solve how to cut the triangles to have them fit on the white square,
he comes up with a new quote (see top of page in photo above).
I quite agree!
He claims that if we stack the fabric together
we can cut all three triangles at once.
He does this plan, freehand, eyeballing the size.
He tries them out on the white square and two fit fine, one does not.
I explain that the feather fabric needs to be reversed to help it fit
and we do that.
So we cut a new triangle from the feather fabric and it fits fine.
|Now it's time to learn the Magic Stitch.|
I show him how to do the Invisible Baste stitch.
He takes to it like a fish to water!
He loves that it cannot be seen on the front! Now that's exciting!
His hands are cautious and gentle, but sure.
|He works with a certain strong focus.|
|Can you see his long stitches on the back?|
He's really good at this! He attaches the feather fabric and is ready for a break.
Because, after all he'd really rather play grandpa's guitar...or most of all play his DSI game.
He is 8 years old. He is my grandson!
|He likes trying out the pick and the glass slide!|
|"Can I play my DSI?"|
All photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2011