Monday, 4 February 2008

A zebra at the machine!

As promised, on Sunday it was Zebra-girl's day for some stitchery. She woke early and asked every five minutes when we could get started, but allowed me ten more minutes in bed before striking a deal that we would pick the fabric out before breakfast and sew after breakfast. We drew a picture of what we wanted to make in my sketch pad and then she spent nearly half an hour picking out her fabrics...she knew straight away that she wanted this Heather Bailey fabric shown above, but then took a long time carefully yanking fabrics out to put next to it to decide what would make for a good complimentary lining.

All the time she was making her decisions she very sweetly had to put me back in my place...when I suggested plain pinks or greens to line it with she pretended to consider it for a moment and then would say a little more firmly: No, Mummy, I really like patterns. Again with the thread, when I presented an apple green or a baby pink reel: No Mummy, I like really bright threads. She is such fun to choose these things with though, and every time we sew together I learn a little more that this isn't about me...it's about sitting back and letting her choose her own things for her own projects. So no, I wouldn't have chosen a strip of red velvet to go across the top at that point, but how delighted I was by it when she'd finished.

So with fuchsia pink thread she sewed her purse together. She was less confident with feeding the material through the machine than when she'd made her bags at Christmas, so I ended up helping a bit more with that this time.

Some Heather Bailey stripe on the inside and a carefully selected button to fasten it with.

I love that her fingers are covered in felt-tip in this photo...it is so very characteristic of my little Zebra. I'm absolutely convinced that we could never buy her another toy again and as long as she had some paper, a dozen rolls of cellotape and some felt tips she would be completely happy.

She spent a long time putting train tickets, beads, and buttons in and out of her purse, with the same curious sense of experimentation as Eeyore once displayed with his jar and balloon...but actually it's for her handkerchief.

Dinosaur-boy, who had been playing happily downstairs with Ian, came up just as we were finishing. I want to sew, he had said with his bottom lip already starting to wobble, before dissolving into tears and claiming that I never made things with him or for him! We went into his bedroom and looked at the things I had made to decorate it with, which cheered him up a little, and as he we were wiping his tears away his expression suddenly changed to that of one having a Eureka! moment and he said with the sweetest little smile: I think, Mummy, that bear would really like you to make him some pyjamas. So that will be my next project and Dinosaur-boy has already picked out the fabric.

19 comments:

  1. It is so similar when my daughter sews. She knows her own mind and her fabric combinations turn out so much better than I expected. I love your girl's little purse; it looks wonderful.

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  2. Oh gosh I think Zebra Girl might have bags more talent than I do. I decided at the weekend (after much sloshing and whisking of chocolate muffins with Bubbaloo) that I was going to have a go at the apron you made (I will use your pattern - thanks). However, I fear my hands might display the tell tale signs rather more than Zebra Girls in your photo - wish me luck, this could get messy!
    Clare
    xx

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  3. Wow, you are so brave, maybe I should let William have a go, but I know once I let him, I'll never get near the machine again!
    William is also always covered in pen, and bits of paper, and other than asking where his bit of lego has gone the most common phrase is 'I need sellotape!'!!!

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  4. How cool that Zebra Girl wants to sew. I am still feeling very guilty that clarabelle never learned to use the sewing machine. How bad do I feel?? The purse is really lovely. I am so pleased you are giving Clare all this inspiration, she is going to be terrific.
    Hazel
    xx

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  5. How fantastic that purse is. I envy the skill at button holes, something I've never ever been able to master.

    It's so precious that confidence in one's own choices - so often it gets eroded by school and peer pressure later in life, and you have to concentrate hard to get it back. Here's hoping she never loses it
    x

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  6. looks like it was really lovely mummy/daughter time, and those felt tip fingers are adorable!

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  7. so very sweet. i love zebra girls confidence with pattern + colour...she's very creative!

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  8. oh that purse is just great - she did really well - takes after her mum that zebra girl does...

    (your post reminds me to get the emachine out for my smallfry again - she loves it too)

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  9. How lovely that your daughter wants to sew.She's made a gorgeous little purse,love the colours

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  10. Isn't it facinating to see what they make with some cardboard boxes, pens and a roll or two of tape! I keep some but have to sneak some out to the bin sometimes before we get taken over.
    Loving the bag! X

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  11. I love that picture of her slightly nervous hand on the sewing machine.

    And what a great job of choosing her stuff she made. I love it when children know their own minds.

    And the sellotape? Another empty roll here tonight.

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  12. So many beautiful things here on your blog - I had a fantastic visit!

    Stop by sometime if you get a chance.

    Susan

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  13. Very pretty and clever! I have to ask how old she is - I know that Ruby would love to have a go on my machine, but I'm a little nervous to let her at it yet! She can also happily while away the hours with pens, paper, scissors and sellotape too!

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  14. What a lovely little pouch. My daughter has so many toys downstairs that she never plays with. She'd prefer to play with my sewing machine or make crafts. I don't know how many rolls of tape we've gone through.

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  15. Freaky - you just described my life!! My Zebra girl would be sooo happy if all she had was books though but my dinosaur girl and I have just agreed on Teddy's PJ fabric. BTW I think your girl chose the perfect colour combo - they are much braver at that age!!

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  16. This brings back memories of me sewing with my mother on a Singer treadle machine. How sweet those times are.

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  17. Lovely sewing! Zebra Girl is so talented and I love her farbric choices. What a fun time you had. I am sure it is a memory she will always cherish.

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  18. Tell your girlie that my girlie is on my lap wanting to make something like her's! She did a fab job! So proud of her color selections.....now my girl is going to the fabric pile to pick out something special like your "zebra" girl! ;)

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