We snuggled in on a snowy, blistery day with some scrap white fabric, some new glossy embroidery floss, a couple of vintage embroidery hoops (that I had picked up at a thrift store) and two books full of vintage iron-on embroidery transfers.
I don't quite remember where these books were picked up. It could be that I picked them up from a thrift shop or my mother could have passed them on to me knowing my love of crafting. I'm thinking maybe it was the latter. I will have to ask her. And then I will give her a big hug if it was her. One is from 1985. The other from 1983.
I chose a star for Lily knowing that the straight edges and simplicity of it would be easier for her. I didn't want her to become frustrated and lose the beautiful inquisitiveness that has been fostering inside of her for this handcraft.
I will say that this was not Lily's first time to hold an embroidery needle and hoop in her hands. I started her oh-so-early, giving her some burlap, a plastic embroidery needle and thick thread and let her free-form on the fabric. I think maybe she was three when I started doing that?
Admittedly, it was many zig-zagging lines at that young age, but these little mini introductory sessions allowed her to feel more comfortable and confident with a needle. I've always believed in starting my kids in the arts and crafts at a young age. They used paintbrushes and paint on taped-down art paper in their highchairs at 12 months old.
Now, at almost seven years, Lily did an amazing job on this little project. I taught her the backstitch (she already knew how to do a running stitch from our hand sewing crafting sessions we've had.) Her stitches impressed her mama, I must say.
And once she had the hang of it, I started on my own little project.
I worked on it throughout the day, when I was able to grab a moment here or there.
When I finished, I had to laugh. I had done it in the same colors as our duvet cover on our bed! I had not planned a color scheme upon beginning, I just added the different colors as I felt inspired to do so.
And since it matched our comforter so perfectly, I put it in an old distressed frame and placed it on top of our mantel headboard. It looks so at home there.