Friday, 14 September 2012

shared creative spaces

A little bit of creativity has been going on around here lately and it's about time I shared some of it.

I have been a bit depserate to sew, but had no time to plan / cut anything out so I just dived into the scarp jars and sewed. I have no idea where this is going, but I like it.

Over the summer I let Missy Big who's 7 have a go on the sewing machine, she's been more than keen to try it out.

She broke into her stash (a birthday present) and made a simple skirt for her Build-a-Bear.  

I added the lace trim - there are rules about how close her fingers can go to the needle / foot. 

Of course then the bear needed an apron, for when she bakes. So Missy Big dived into MY stash. She did the lace bit herself this time.

During the holidays we visited my Mum up in Staffordshire and she took us to Unit Twelve, a wonderful gallery / studio / workshop space that she talks about and visits frequently. We happened to go whilst a workshop was taking place, Jennifer Collier was teaching some ladies how to make hair band decorations our of paper with puzzle pieces, buttons etc to decorate. 

Missy Big was mesmerised, she loves to make and she kept going back and silently watched everyone stitching, cutting, experimenting. She took it all in, not even a juice and a biscuit could keep her away. It was a pleasure to see her so captivated. She was desperate to have a go, but it was a pre-booked workshop that was almost over. I promised we'd have a go when we got home.

Of course she remembered every last detail and managed to come away from Granny's with a bag of old jigsaw pieces ready for her creation.

She chose her old scrunched up papers carefully, and designed a new one, so it was just right. She carefully drew around a jam jar lid and then cut out her circles. She took her time stitching them into suffolk puffs and then drawing them up to 'puff'.

She had chosen a hairband and picked out a scrap of navy silk from my stash for the base. I stitched this bit, 'the boring bit' and when the base was ready she carefully positioned, rearranged and co-ordinated the paper puffs, buttons and jigsaw pieces then glued them all down. 

She did a great job, I think this looks pretty cool. I'd even wear it out myself, if she'd let me!

Linking up with Our Creative Spaces.


  1. Oh, Miss Big is very talented!! That skirt is brilliant, and I love the head band. Well done her, she has obviously inherited your creativity.

    I like your abstract stitching - all the colours and shapes really work, it could be stunning when it's done. x

  2. That head band is so wonderful!! Such clever use of paper bits and jigsaw pieces. Teddy is lucky to have all those beautiful new clothes. I really love your free piecing!!

  3. Missy Big has done well. My daughter and I watched a you tube video of a 4 yo using a sewing machine in the USA; after that my daughter who was 7 ish demanded to be let loose. Nerves of steel required. My little nephew also loves to have a go as its so big and dangerous.

  4. bless her - it's so lovely to see her creativity!

  5. Wow they are lovely! I think we have our newest member of the lmqg ;)

  6. Brilliant I am in awe of her greatness.
    What a star.

  7. Looks like Missy Big has inherited her mothers creativity. How proud a mamma you must be.

  8. Oh Colette, this just makes my heart swoon :) Proud mumma indeed! xx

  9. Bless her - too cute. My biggest is now 9 and has been whizzing along on a little pink Singer for a few years now - its really only terrifying if you watch!!! Just look away and breathe deeply! The bear wardrobe does just grow and grow, ours has a full school uniform, pj's - it even went to school on viking day in costume! Its a great way for them to play - looks like your little big is going to be very talented, you could imagine the hairband in a shoreditch arty shop!


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