Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Embroidery for Generations

Embroidery has been around for ages. Really. Have you seen some of the fancy stitching on clothing from the 1700's? What? You haven't? That's only my favorite clothing era, so okay, I'll show you some. Click here for one example, and here for an amazing embroidered wedding gown. And embroidery was around before that as well. Samples can be found from Ancient Egypt, China, Persia, India and England. And it's been around in my family for almost that long . . . I think. Well, at least my mom knows how to do it and her mom taught her, and she learned from her mom. So I'm assuming it's been around a while. My mom taught me some basics, but I never did much with it. Time to repent.

I was talking with my mom a week or so ago and she said that when she and her brothers were sick, her mom would draw them a cartoon character on a piece of material and let them embroider. Yep, her and her brothers. In fact, when my uncle joined the service he was handed his uniform, patches, and a needle and thread and made money off the other servicemen by sewing their patches on for them.

Well, long story short, my kids needed something to do the other day, and being inspired by my conversation with my mom, I dug out my embroidery floss, needles, and little hoops. Found some muslin and after a quick tutorial, got the girls started in on their first embroidery project. We're just doing the backstitch--real simple--like this:

My son was almost interested. Maybe another day. Youngest worked on it for a while with mom's help, but lost interest pretty quick--she's only 4. My older daughter really took to it. She's had a great time picking out floss colors and stitching away. I'm still tying knots for her, but we'll get there.She took it with her in the car, and to school today. And she said, "I can teach this to my kids and they can teach their kids and it can go on for gena . . la . . yens . . or something."

There you have it, well on her way to embroidering a fancy schmancy wedding dress. But not too soon . . . :)


Lisa said...

Good for you! I love to embroider,and tried to teach my daughter when she was young. I had to untangle more thread and rethread needles than you can shake a stick at. Needless to say, she didnt find the joy in it i do. Tell your daughter she did a wonderful job!!!!

Sharla said...

So cute and fun! Hope you're having a good week!

marci357 said...

Teaching my granddaughter now age 8. She enjoyed seeing some of my old jeans and shorts in the cedar chest and wants to do some like them!