Oh dear. It appears I am about to write another post that is not quite about Squam. I’ll get to it, I really will. Life is busy. My mind a little preoccupied with the everyday happenings. But Squam is there.
I arrived back home with gifts.
A ceramic candle holder for Cathy and Eric. A thank you for looking after the girls while I was away. A set of five finger puppets for Mrs. Iverson. And for Lil’S, the embroidery sampler from my class with Rebecca Ringquist.
She LOVED it! We set to work straight away. Scarlett already knew that she wanted to make something for her cousin Wren’s upcoming birthday and now she had an idea. It took a bit to get her to slow down enough to learn each stitch. Mrs. Iverson took right to it and it seemed had already been taught how to embroider? I showed them how to tie a know in the back of the work and Ivy turned over her piece and, ta-da, she deftly made a knot!!
Scarlett was particularly curious about the sulky solvy that I had used to transfer an image onto a piece of fabric I was embroidering. I had some left over from my class with Rebecca so I let Lil’S use it. Up to her room she went. Down came one of the number flashcards on her wall. The one with the wrens on it (be still my heart, this crafty and thoughtful girl of mine makes my heart ache sometimes).
You can see the flash card on the table in the picture above. She traced one of the wrens onto the sulky solvy with a Sharpie. The embroidery hoop kept the solvy and the fabric in place and she started to embroider. I’ll admit she did really well for a beginner. But she really did want to fill in every last bit of space and that took some time. So she would occasionally pass the hoop to me and ask me to fill some in for her. She’d snatch it back after some time had passed though, worried that if she didn’t do more that she wouldn’t be able to say she made it. A joint effort and so lovely:
While this joint project was being worked on by Lil’S I worked on a special addition to the gift myself. Actually I had started it at Squam with a mind to make one for each of the girl cousins for Christmas this year. Wren got hers early I suppose : )
We then had a brilliant idea to make this into a door hanging instead of two separate hoops to hang. We ran a bright yellow ribbon (Wrennie’s favourite colour) behind the fabric in each hoop. Viola! What do you think?