Last evening Maureen (of Twig and Toadstool) and I hosted the second installment of our series of craft workshops, aimed at mamas who want to create beautiful handmade gifts for their children. You can read about the first session here, where we made felt fruits and veggies for our little ones. Both Maureen and I are thrilled to pass on our skills and knowledge, not to mention the perfect excuse it gives us to drop everything and hang out together! As two part-time workers, and full-time mamas, it can be hard to find time to just visit and craft. To do it in the company of other enthusiastic wild women makes it all the more fun!
Who could resist this rainbow of embroidery floss,
these colourful scraps,
a jumble of pins, needles, and scissors (recognise that toadstool pin-cushion?),
and an opportunity to create a gift of beauty and love?
Patient hands learned blanket stitch, running stitch, and backstitch,
and personalised and embellished with silk flowers, rickrack, ribbon, and buttons.
In spite of the uproarious mama-and-grandma-laughter, this little man dozed off (felt food in hand!)
allowing his mama to stitch this beautiful "L" onto his crown!
A sampling of the almost-finished results! (We used Amanda Blake Soule's crown template, found in her book, "Creative Family").
During these craft-lesson gatherings, the best moment for me is seeing the sparkle of pride dawn on a mama's face when she finally figures out how to make a nice, neat blanket stitch, or finds her finished product looking so much lovelier than she'd imagined it would. Crafty possibilities blossom, and everyone leaves with a feeling of accomplishment and renewed confidence!
Do consider sharing your skills and gifts with the world, either through informal gatherings like this one, where you collectively create an opportunity to create by bringing a bunch of materials (beads, earring hooks, string, feathers, mirrors, paper embellishments, etc.), or through classes. We've been so thrilled with the response to our Handmade Christmas series that we're already planning our Spring sessions!
Visit http://www.twigandtoadstool.blogspot.com/ for details of upcoming classes!