Mother and Daughter Time

Having had one week at university Helen has decided she needs some crafts to keep her occupied, so while she was at home for Christmas she took herself off to Hobbycraft to make herself a ‘craftbox’. She came back with two cross-stitch kits, a decoupage elephant and a desire to learn crochet.

I suggested she borrowed my spare sewing machine and did some sewing and she has gradually come round to the idea, though we are going to have to get it serviced first so it will have to wait til her next visit home.

Initial CushionsI made her an initial cushion for Christmas like the one I made for James and Tillie and it gave her the idea that maybe she could make a cushion.

I introduced her to pinterest and craftsy and she is now discovering how fast time goes when you’re on Pinterest!

I still had fabric left from the cushions so she decided on an elephant cushion. We spent a lovely afternoon in the sewing room together. I have a pattern for an elephant quilt which I’ll be making for her shortly so she traced the pattern from that. I showed her how to use Bondaweb and a tracing wheel, and she quickly had the elephant stuck on waiting to be stitched.

She had a practice at stitching in a straight line and then a practice at using blanket stitch round a shape, she was brilliant at it! She carefully went round the elephant in a pretty much perfect line, it’s not exactly a simple shape either!

Elephant cushion

Of course she wanted pom-poms round the edge, Helen doesn’t believe in making things simple! She stitched it in place before pinning all around and then stitching with a zipper foot to get as near to the bobbles as possible.

Superman Cushion

Helen’s cushion came out beautifully and by the time I came back from work the next day she’d made a Superman one for her boyfriend’s birthday!

She’s now looking into sewing classes in Birmingham!


About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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9 Responses to Mother and Daughter Time

  1. Kate says:

    How wonderful that your daughter is enthusiastic about sewing!

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  2. nanacathy2 says:

    She has done brilliantly. Great British sewing bee before she knows it.

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  3. The “apple” doesn’t fall far from the tree. LOL.

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  4. claire93 says:

    a born seamstress ^^

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  5. Thimberlina says:

    She’s got your crafty genes for sure!! What’s she studying at uni? Wonder if she’ll be wanting to do textiles or fashion design now she’s getting the bug. I bet her boyfriend’s impressed with his cushion? It’s fab!
    How’s she doing with the crochet. The newstitchaday website has some great videos, it got me going when I was learning, but it’s all American terms. 😃

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    What a fun story to share! Hurrah!

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  7. KerryCan says:

    You must be so tickled about this! She’s doing amazing work already!


  8. CurlsnSkirls says:

    What a lovely daughter, and quite a good seamstress, too! So glad you had a good visit with her and you both had time for a bit of crafting together. Hope your weather moderates. Will try blowing some of our current (political) hot air across for you. 😎


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