Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Next Generation

I remember learning to cross stitch from my grandmother and needlepoint from my grandfather. I remember my mom encouraging me to sew and giving me her old machine for my very own. Little did they probably imagine that twenty years later I'd still be obsessively stitching away on anything I can get my hands on. They taught me the basics and things blew up from there.

I suppose I'm feeling a little introspective because I find myself recently taking on the mantle of sharing hand crafted art skills with the next generation. The youngest two in the family have been experimenting with crochet, latch hook, knitting, sewing, and most recently painting.  I'm not really used to the idea of being a mentor and I don't consider myself to operate on a teaching level, but I am fortunately not the only person sharpening these young minds. They are surrounded by adults who are happy to pass on new skills and are encouraging them to learn everything they can.

I hope you will take a few moments today, slow down, and hand stitch something. I will be working on the Wizard and Dragon Cross Stitch later this afternoon. I have recently come up with a lighting solution that suddenly makes stitching on this black fabric enjoyable.

And in the meantime, if there happens to be a miniature human somewhere around you today, take the time to show them some new awesome skills. 


  1. I'm am waiting until my grands get a little older although I was thinking I might teach them how to make an origami swan. (Of course, I have to relearn it myself!) I know preschoolers in Japan learn to do it so I figure my 4 and 6 yr grands can learn. (assuming I can relearn it!) Good for you to be helping the younger ones. Your Wizard and Dragon is amazing. How do you cross stitch on black and see what you are doing?

  2. It's great that you are passing along your knowledge. That is the key to keeping crafting going... and give them something they can enjoy and relax with.

  3. Bless you for taking the time to teach the next generation the joys of crafting. Keep up the good work

  4. Your cross-stitch is very pretty. I taught both of my children many crafts and neither of them do any of them at this time. They use athletic pursuits to relax and wind down. It is funny though because I come by my crafting all on my own as my mom only knitted and then very rarely. Enjoy your stitching.

  5. I am willing to teach miniature humans, but don't have any interest yet! I am not giving up hope :)
    Enjoy your stitching today!

  6. For some reason I didn't sew much when I was raising my girls. However, I did make crafting available to them. My oldest daughter took it to a new level and credits me for her talent in cake artistry. I am humbled by that credit because I have nowhere near the talent she has in that field. My oldest took an interest in sewing since I learned to quilt. So I taught her a bit of sewing, but I also told her to take a quick beginner class in clothing construction to get the feel for sewing. She's still a little timid about sewing but I keep encouraging her without pushing it.

  7. I benefited from my mother's lack of interest in stitching - bored one day after finishing my school exams aged 15 she gave me a tapestry kit that someone had given her for Christmas many years before. Not long before I was hooked!
    My elder son aged 8 has tried cross stitching but has little patience. He enjoys jigsaws and puzzles though SK I haven't given up on him yet!
    Please share your tip for stitching on black fabric!