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 . . . :)