I've decided that Mondays will be centered around miniature-making -- the ones I'm crafting, the mini-makers that inspire me, minis I made when I was a kid, that sort of thing.
Today I bring you another installment of "This Week on Big & Little" -- a semi-regular post I'm returning to. (I've done baskets, saxophones, abacuses, crafting tools, cola bottles, Mr. Potato Head, etc.)
I've shown this pin cushion before, as it's one of the minis I made as part of my scene for the 2013 Wee Faerie Village in the Land of Oz exhibit at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT. Since I now have a regular-sized pin cushion of the same ilk, well it was just TIME for another Big & Little photo shoot.
In my teaching life at an after-school art program for middle-schoolers, this year I decided to have them make stuffed toys of their own design. So this has meant: SEWING! And for some of them, not only has this been the first time they've ever sewed by hand, but it's been the first time they've ever pinned two pieces of fabric together. So as the teacher that requires that I had to be a little more fundamental in how I approached the project. Which I am so OK with -- the fact that these kids are sitting there sewing their own toys makes me happy on a very basic level. (Of course when they're sticking pins through the skin on their fingertips I'm a little less-than-thrilled, but that's to be expected...) I will admit that it was kind of puzzling that they didn't know how to thread a needle, how to make a knot. But I suppose that's mostly puzzling for me because I grew up in a house where my mother always had a project going on, the majority of which involved sewing.
Here, I'll prove it...