I got into a conversation with a young woman this evening at a craft show, she was very cool and we had an interesting conversation about crafting. Crafting is BACK. For me personally it means new websites, many colorful new books and magazines, inspiration is everywhere. We were talking about the recycled upholstery charms I sew and what it takes to put them together. I asked if she knew how to sew and she said that she’d taken a class but that her mother said her sewing was in need of some improvement.
I can not wait to teach my daughters to sew!!! I can’t wait to encourage them to screw up, make a mess and figure out if it’s an interest for them too. I hope that more moms will encourage their little girls and boys to sew. I believe that even a little skill in an area like sewing makes you a better consumer. If you know how to sew – you look at the the garments in the department stores in a whole new light. The mini t-shirts made of pre-worn cotton with a simple silk screen print are a $25 joke if you know just enough to estimate the cost of the fabric, the amount of work that went into them and the wear you expect to get out of it.
I’ve read a bit about encouraging the artist in my children and the primary lesson is to let them screw things up without offering an opinion, without judging the effort and without applying standards. So basically – set your child up to have some fun and be prepared and willing to encourage a mess. Let’s spend more time encouraging efforts and reassuring children that practice can improve efforts instead of squashing potential with careless judgments or evaluations.
My final comment to the young woman this evening… well I’m a bit older than you are (by quite a bit) and it’s take time to learn these things, don’t give up too quick.