I come from a long line of women who love to do crafts and handiwork. But, while I have much in common with the women in my family, I do not craft and lack even the slightest hint of creativity. My daughter, Vivian, on the other hand LOVES crafts and projects. She's constantly cutting and pasting and coloring and inventing things. And her absolute new favorite thing is to sew, thanks to a great book called Fun with Stitchables! Here's a bit about it, from a press release that I received:
Fun with Stitchables introduces young crafters to the fun of simple embroidery. Quick and easy cross-stitch sewing cards are included with punched holes for easy stitching, as well as a 16-page project book with instructions for designing your own unique stitching patterns and color combinations. A project gallery shows examples of what the hand-stitched cards can become once they are complete: everything from ornaments to greeting cards! The simple stitching patterns taught in this book promote growth and development, hand-eye coordination, as well as creativity and imagination. Fun with Stitchables will entertain and delight crafters of all ages and inspire a lifelong love of embroidery.After the book arrived I picked up some yarn needles and yarn at the store to get Vivian started. After I showed her how to thread the needle, she had a great time going through the book and picking out which adorable template she wanted to sew. It took a few tries to get the hang of the needle and which direction she should be going with her yarn, but soon we had a pile of completed projects on the table. She even turned down an offer to play a video game with her brother in favor of more sewing!
Vivian's still just doing a very simple stitch, but the book has very simple instructions for other styles of stitching and I'm sure she'll be rocking those as well soon. This book is a super fun and super cute way to introduce the little one in your life to the art of needlework!