Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Do You Remember When You were Young?

Today was the day I led the Teen Craft Circle. We had three kids show up--two girls and a boy. The had two patterns to choose from--Heather Holland-Daly's "Pyramids" and "Universe" from her book Stitch Graffiti. The boy picked "Universe" and the two girls picked "Pyramids" so they could choose their colors (though the young man chose his own).

We were supposed to go from 2:45-4:00. Well, we finally got them to stop at 5:00! And the boy's mother had to call him a second time before he went home. (Now, he's 14, so I'm kind of wondering if he was really interested in the stitching or maybe interested in one of the girls, but either way he's stitching.) (But he did only respond when the librarian asked, "Want to make a bookmark?") He did decide that "this hobby is for people who have patience. And maybe a lot of time." One of the girls is already planning her next project. She's decided to draw a star on the perforated paper and fill it in--and then started flipping through Heather's book, so maybe not a star, maybe a pattern from the book. The other girl was having some trouble, but she kept at it until she had to go off and do her homework. I also got the teen librarian--a knitter--stitching. She had some trouble in the last two weeks since I first started her stitching, and she came this week with quite an impressive hole in her perforated paper. (We went over proper technique for removing stitches, and I suggested she loosen her tension a bit.)



It was fun. I spent most of my time walking around the table fixing problems and confirming which hole they should be stitching in. The two hours flew by! I'm looking forward to seeing them again in two weeks.

11 comments:

The Queen Bee said...

What fun... and I sure do remember when I was young.... sometimes too much, if you ask my kids.

Chris said...

Looks great! Yea! new stitchers :)

Lee said...

Very cool! You're doing a wonderful thing.

KarenV said...

That's great! It sounds like they were interested and had fun.

Giovanna said...

How cool! I must dig out my copy of that book: those bookmark patterns just didn't register, and in your picture they look really cute.

Alice said...

Well good for you spreading the wealth like that... you never know whose life you will change. I wish someone had started me at that age.

I remember when I was young... my own daughter asked me yesterday who I thought was the 'hottest' boy in band.... I responded with X is cute, Y is cute... 'No mom, not CUTE, HOT!' I tried to get in touch with my 15 year old self... but I couldn't. They are all just pigeon chested little boys to me!

Barbara said...

WOW this is wonderful! :D Max set his stitching aside for a longish time, but is making something for my Mom for Christmas. :D

Donna said...

I'd say your class was a rousing success. I'm glad you had fun.

C in DC said...

How fun. And what great projects.

Linen Stitcher said...

I once spent an afternoon stitching with my nieces. Had four girls ranging in age from about 8 to 14. With each additional year of age, the abilities got noticeably better. The next day, my hand was SO sore, and I had only helped them without stitching on my own project. Fast forward fifteen years, and only one of the (now) young ladies stitches occasionally, but all have fond memories of the day. I keep hoping they'll all rediscover cross stitch eventually.

barbara said...

Sounds great!