Monday, August 13, 2007

Grandmother's Hope Chest

Handicraft happens to be one of my favorite parts of a classical education, but the one we seem to spend the least amount of time on. I love the idea of my girls learning practical skills that will help them be a better wife and mother one day. We enjoy cooking and baking together, but my passion is sewing. This term, I decided we needed to be a little more organized in this area. I ordered a beautiful program from Vision Forum called, Grandmother's Hope Chest. It consists of 3 different books and projects. Below you can read a brief description from their website. We can't wait to get started.
Grandmother’s Hope Chest-The Running Rooster is a book designed to both entertain a young girl and teach her to sew by hand. As Grandmother and Lucie go through the hope chest together, they come across a special item that becomes a project for Lucie to recreate. Following the story of Lucie and her Grandmother, the reader will learn simple, basic stitches and complete an easy, useful potholder, embroidered with the picture of a “running rooster” to use today or place in a hope chest for her future home. This book is written with young children in mind or for the beginning seamstress, and includes simple directions and helpful diagrams that will make learning easier. A perfect memory-building project for mothers and daughters to do together and an ideal introduction into the rewarding world of hand-sewing. Includes book and “running rooster” potholder kit
In Lucie’s Snowflake, join Lucie and her grandmother as they learn how to create the “Gingham Embroidery Stitch” and traditional “Hem Stitch.” Readers will enjoy the engaging story and easy-to-follow pictorial instructions.
In The Button Jar, Grandmother teaches Lucie how to cross-stitch and make a special button jar. A fun and easy introduction for beginners of any age to the world of cross-stitch.

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