Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My (small girl's) Creative Space

My beautiful small girl has been watching me create 'stuff' for her entire four years now.

In the lead up to her birthday she requested a "sewing box with cottons and needles for sewing and we can do sewing and you can show me".

So as the fourth birthday approached we went out and found the sewing box of her choosing.

I then filled it with some tapestry wool of varying colours, some plastic 'needles', safety scissors and sequins (apparently they are very much needed by 4 yo girls, I am still not sure why).

Upon the first request to do some sewing I asked the small girl to draw what ever she liked on to a piece of felt, she drew her family.
Small girl, Mummy, small boy, the Mr and the dog*

Threading the needle... This proved a wee bit tricky for little fingers so I 'helped'.

SO with the drawing or 'outline' on the felt I set about with great enthusiasm showing her how to 'sew'.
Poke the needle in, push it through and pull the wool through....anyway you get the idea.

I notice my child's eyes have glazed over, a vacant stare revealing her disinterest, her mind taking her away on some other not so boring kind of adventure.... until she spies the pot of sequins....Shiny, coloured, sparkly teasing alluring sequins.

It was at this time she proceeded to lick them and stick them on her face, arms and legs...

There is now a daily requst to do some 'sewing', which naturally, involves playing with sequins.

I am sure I know who will be completing the 'family picture' for the small girl's first sewing adventure.

Head over to Kirsty's to see who else has some creative 'stuff' to show and tell.

Cheers.

* The dog (Graeme) is the six legged creature, second from the left.
By the way... the picture above is small girl "knitting"

29 comments:

yardage girl said...

What a great idea. My Little Mister (2.5) got his first pair of scissors this week - it's fun watching them create, get bored, create a game out of something else! Enjoy!

tea with lucy said...

So sweet!

I look forwrd to the day i can do this with my little one.

PS Greame is just about the coolest dog name I have ever heard!

Catherine said...

That is so lovely to see your little girl get creative and want to be like her Mum. I hope you both had fun.:)

Dragonfly said...

How sweet!
Happy creating together :-)

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

I smiled as I was reading. We have lots of good intentions and attention deficit crafting here. And I can say with confidence that 4 yo boys also favour sequins.

Love the kit you have put together and the idea of sewing on felt. Lovely!

Kirsty said...

Just so sweet. I love her knitting style.

Tania said...

You have a dog called Graeme? That is even more hilarious than that both my father and stepfather are named Graeme (Mum doesn't get confused).

dillpickle said...

Ha ha ha!! That's so funny! At least the idea is there, even if the attention span isn't just yet. She'll be unstoppable in a few years ;-)

Sandrine said...

This a very promising crafting journey starting for your little one!What a great idea;)

Cindy said...

What beautiful quality time together. I'm looking forward to the more fiddly crafts with my biggest delight.

74limelane said...

It's a wonderful start ~ I think at four she is better stead than me when it comes to needle and thread.

daylesford organics said...

What a gorgeous story. My girls also become obsessed with a particular craft activity only to become distracted once it is all set up. And what is it about sequins antway?

Misafir (Ruth) Geldi said...

Yes, that's more or less the way I do it too - especially the glazed expression, and i bet her knitting's better than mine!

redorgrayart said...

yay mom...start young and enjoy the journey with her

Star of the East said...

He he cute drawing/ embroidery :)

Rebecca said...

who doesn't love sequins?? you may have a fashion designer on your hands!? so cute!

i really like the drawing/embroidery project btw... clever!

jeanamarie said...

how sweet!

the sequins are in fact VERY important ;)

thanks for you comment :)

Cat said...

That is so darn cute! I remember learning to crochet with my grandma at the same age and think I somehow made her incorporate sequins in a bun holder for my Mum. She indulged me. Your small girl will remember this forever. Lucky her!

picanini said...

We still have an easter egg sewing creation half finshed here from my 3yr old girls sewing attempts. It's very cute and lovely to have your little one imitate you like that (even if it's quickly boring, LOL):)

Aussie-waffler said...

I have to admit that I'm with Miss 4, it's all about sequins, throw in a heap of glitter and I go quite giddy. A perfect way to develop a love of crafting.

Gina said...

Awwww. Can I come and live at your house and learn to do sewing too? I won't mind being covered in sequins and pee-d on by Graeme, just as long as I get to sit amongst those tiny colourful balls of yarn. Just gorgeous.
PS have got myself two formula tins now, and even though the birthday has passed I'm on my way to making a corker new gift for my boys! Love it.

Linda said...

this is so gorgeous and I am soo glad you found the right sewing basket and how exciting filling it with goodies

Nikki Cardigan said...

You know, your girl has no idea how much this means. Seeking out the perfect tools for her age and giving her the chance to create her own stuff is awesome. I hope that sewing box will be used and used and saved if not being used, so she can use it again when she is a big girl.

Jenaveve said...

This is awesome... I remember falling in love with sequins around that age. The shiny, sparkly little wonders!!

What a fabulous thing to share with each other.

Karen said...

This is adorable - I love how kids want to do what they see. My two had their first try at my sewing machine recently - a big hit.
Love the plastic needles - where did you find them Peta??

edward and lilly said...

That is so sweet, love her stitching!

Melanie said...

I love the concentration on her face. She seems totally in "the zone" in that picture which is what creating is all about.


When you get a minute Peta can I get you to pop over to my blog and scroll down for a surprise. Have a fab day!!

Faith Hope and a whole lotta Love said...

How adorable!! When I was little the 'knitting fairy' used to come over night & add a bit more to my knitting!! Sequins are a girls best friend before she discovers diamonds ;)

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

Why not try some free sewing on some hessian and then she can sew those sequins all over the place! Could end up looking quite like fireworks actually! Beautiful.