I promised Emily that I would show her how to make a cloth wallet. We went through my cotton calicos and she picked her colors she wanted to work with. She is only 11, and I think just a little young to use the rotary cutter yet, so I did the cutting for her. I suppose I could have traced the pieces and she could have used scissors. Oh well, I never think of cutting patterns out that way any more.
Here is Emily, showing the inside of the almost completed wallet.
And the outside.
She did a fine job with the sewing and pressing. I did let her use the iron. My old Pfaff 1229 is a great machine for children to learn on. I've taught a lot of kids to sew on it. I can reduce the speed quite a bit, and the one stitch at a time feature is great when sewing corners or anywhere a lot of control is needed. I think Emily is going to take after her mother, Becky, since it seems to come very easy to her.
Emily did a bit of weaving on an ongoing project I have set up on my countermarche floor loom for the older grandkids. It's just a striped twill, but they are learning how to walk the treadles and how to tell where they are in the pattern. Unfortunately, I didn't get any photos of Emily weaving.
A friend of mine that used to teach Montosori years ago, gave me a real nice rigid heddle loom so I could use it to teach. I try to keep a warp on it for the younger kids that can't quite reach the treadles on the floor loom yet. David took to it like a duck to water.