Monday, October 15, 2007
School work . . .
. . . by eldest grandaughter (12). The pink one is a lovely bit of tie-dyeing done at her junior school last term, and the other she's working on at her new secondary school. She had some help from grandma to do the background fabric. We damped it, wrapped it round a cylinder, pushed it down the cylinder to scrunch it up and then painted it with silk paints. This method gives you the nice wavy pattern. The fish are all her own idea and execution though I showed her how to apply the smaller pieces using cross stitch. It is going to be a cushion, like the first one. When I started secondary school we had to sew cookery aprons from white poplin that the needle would hardly go through, with straps a mile long, all to be hemmed by hand. Why didn't it put me off stitching for life?