My mother in law is an amazing sewer. Actually she's a pretty all round amazing woman but hand embroidery is definitely one of her strong points. When each of the girls started kinder she outfitted them with an entire kit-out of regulation bags with cute little scenes from their favourite story books embroidered on them. Really amazing stuff. Unfortunately she has a degenerative eye disease and can't see very well anymore. Not well enough to read without a magnifying glass. Definitely not well enough to be doing intricate embroidery for her next granddaughter to start kinder this April.
So, I thought I'd give it a go. Not because I am a fabulous needleworker by any stretch of the imagination. And not because I think my SIL can't do it. I'm sure MIL passed on plenty of tips to both her daughters. I just thought it would be nice for my niece to get a present of home made stuff like we got from MIL when our girls started. Only there was no way I could even consider sewing all the bags for her. And I have a feeling with less than a fortnight till kinder starts SIL will have that organised. I decided on towels as we can never have enough kinder towels (with their ribbon hooks) and it seemed my speed sewing-wise. So, I cut out my felt shapes (heart, star, tulip and butterfly- no points for originality, hey?) and started the sewing. Amy was watching me and wanted to sew, too. I had a feeling that an Amy sewn towel would a) not last a round with the washing machine and b) probably be more loved by mummy than her cousin. So Amy sewed herself a kinder towel. And she really enjoyed it!
We had some mad knots in the cotton and some running round the room yelling 'owowowowow!!' as she pricked her fingers and some inadvertent sewing the towel to itself but she persisted and ended up sewing three patches to her towel quite well. Proud as punch she was. And so was I!