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Last week I started teaching my youngest grand-daughter Alyssa to embroider.  We spent a couple of hours together with me sitting right next to her.  She had my full attention and loved it!  This weekend she came over to finish her first project.  There’s a lot to embroidery you probably don’t even think about!  Alyssa’s learned the […]

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  • July 12, 2010 - 9:27 pm

    brigette - look at those darling little hands!!
    her pincushion is just perfect.ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2010 - 3:16 am

    Stephanie - At times I believe there’s a crafting gene. How wonderful to be able to teach your grandchildren to sew/craft and spend special time together. Alyssa did a fantastic job on her pincushion.ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2010 - 4:23 am

    cheryl in kansas - ah sweet memories for you and her! My mother taught me about that age….after a time she became very “picky” about my stitches and would make me start over sometimes….oh how I hated that BUT today I am so thankful as it shows in my work!

    Don’t you wish more girls that age would learn to do handwork??

    Have a great week!ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2010 - 4:56 am

    Mary Ann - I am starting a little page in my journal with all these hints Ann, my DGD Annika is 2 1/2 so it’ll be a few years. And you might want to look at a book by the fabulous Kristin Nicholas called Kids Embroidery. Great pictures so when Alyssa can’t be sitting right next to you she has a place for a few hints!ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2010 - 7:14 am

    Jean Mello - Hi… She has the right to be so proud…. What a wonderful job she did… before you know it she will be quilting…She sure has a great teacher… You must be very proud of her… :)ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2010 - 7:33 am

    Teach a young one to stitch · Needlework News @ CraftGossip - […] Anne of Bunny Tales proves that teaching a young one to do needlework is as rewarding for the teacher as for the student. In this photo, her granddaughter Alyssa, age 8, shows off her first project. Beautiful! You’ll enjoy Anne’s tips for helping children learn to stitch. See her blog post. […]ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2010 - 7:41 am

    Sue - Thank you for sharing ideas for teaching young children to sew and do needlecrafts. I have been working with my granddaughter also. Keep those ideas coming. And, I have just got to get a copy now of Quilters Home and see what you have created. Thanks again for all the info.ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2010 - 8:25 am

    Sinta Renee - How fun is that… for both of you! What a lucky girl to have you as a teacher!!! That is going to be a very special bond. And that is a very sweet-heart of a project to start her out on!ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2010 - 9:45 am

    pam seaberg - I got “Quilters Home Mag” last night, and couldn’t wait to tell you what a great article it is. I love all your collections. I am glad they included pictures of your animals too. Congrat’s!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2010 - 8:01 pm

    Mary on Lake Pulaski - What a special time teaching your granddaughter one of your passions Anne! I dream of the day!
    I’ll look for Quilter’s Home tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • July 14, 2010 - 12:22 am

    Julia - Alyssa did a great job – congrats!
    It’s great to have a loving grandmother who teaches you crafts…I wish I could have learned from my grandmothers, too…ReplyCancel

  • July 14, 2010 - 4:49 am

    Mary T. Salmon - Anne:
    You and Alyssa are creating memories that will last a life time!
    What a fortunate little darling! Life is sweet, isn’t it?

  • July 14, 2010 - 11:48 am

    Vicky - Alyssa’s pincushion is fabulous! Does she give embroidery lessons? I’ll be her first student!

    I was so excited to find Quilter’s Home at Albertson’s last night. Your spread in there is wonderful! But how dare they call our Chelsea plump and our sweet Bitsy elderly!! There happens to be a lot about plump and elderly that I like (and can certain relate to)!!

    Congrats on a great article!ReplyCancel

  • July 14, 2010 - 12:06 pm

    mimi'sdarlins - Alyssa should be very proud of her accomplishment, this is so precious and beautiful stitched! I love ground walnut shells for filling, it’s all I use now for my pincushions. I’m just waiting for my 6-yr old granddaughter to be old enough to use a needle, she is impatient to learn to make quilts and loves fabric! How lucky am I?ReplyCancel

  • July 14, 2010 - 5:03 pm

    Kim - Oh you lucky grandma……..what a great memory for you both.
    I only wish my daughter in law would let me visit my little granddaughter more than twice a year. Maybe one day we will be able to sew together…….I can dream right?

    Happy sewing and congrats to Alyssa for a job well done :0)ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2010 - 8:47 am

    Bumpkin Bears - Such precious moments to share with your Granddaughter, times she will always remember I am sure. I love animals in tea pots as you would see from my Blog/Etsy store. I am planning on making embroidery patterns from my drawings too one day.. Can’t wait to see her creation. Catherine xReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2010 - 6:56 am

    Jean - I picked up a copy of Quilter’s Home last night. What a wonderful article about you!!!! Your home is just beautiful and I love all the special touches. What a good grandma to have a designated sewing room for your granddaughters.ReplyCancel

  • July 19, 2010 - 3:13 am

    gkpatch - bonjour
    j’ai appris à ma petite fille le premier bloc de patch, c’est un bloc nine patch, elle à 12 ans elle ne s’en tire pas mal. Il n’y a pas d’âge pour apprendre gkpatchReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2010 - 1:24 pm

    Chris - I’m just loving all of the comments in this Blog & the patterns/pics are outstanding!! I, to, am a Grandma & am teaching my 2 grandsons to quilt (7 & 9). I believe in starting at a young age if they are eger to learn & they Love it. J has had his quilt in 2 quilt fairs & E is learning. I guess the closeness we share & the fact that they see me all the time doing this helps a lot. I would encourage other Grandparents to do special interests with their grandchildren & who knows, someday when they win big they’ll appreciate all that you have taught them.

Did you know not all stuffing is the same?  I’m not talking about your grandmother’s Thanksgiving stuffing, but the stuffing you buy to make dolls, toys, pillows etc.  That little white polyester fiber can make a big difference in how your project looks.  And  no one ever seems to talk about things like stuffing.  So […]

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  • June 16, 2010 - 2:15 am

    Stephanie - All things certainly are not created equal. Looking forward to fabulous photos of your trip–the scenery and the shopping.ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2010 - 4:39 am

    Dawn - Welcome to the U.K. Anne, have a great time shopping at CK, lots of lovely things to buy. We have sunshine here too , enjoy your trip.

  • June 16, 2010 - 4:40 am

    Mary Ann - Thanks for the tip, now I know what to use my coupon on this week!ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2010 - 5:14 am

    Marcia - LOL, what a timely post. I was just last night stuffing Scooter Pie. I will try to find the Hobbs stuffing. I have the “other” and it’s really hard to get the stuffing in the tail and ears and have it stay put. Thank you for the information; couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ll put my little Scooter Pies aside until I get their proper insides.

  • June 16, 2010 - 6:08 am

    Kaaren Babb - I love the Presencia too, Anne. I’ve been using it for a couple of years, and can’t remember who talked about it first. Lynne T? Maybe. It’s the most non-linty of all the threads. Great stuff!ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2010 - 7:15 am

    Jean - Amen to to your advise! We used Hobbs stuffing in your class at your recommendation and it made a world of difference. The other stuffing keeps trying to escape. Glad you are having a wonderful trip!ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2010 - 7:58 am

    mimi'sdarlins - Hi, Anne! Miss you but so happy you’re having fun! I agree about stuffing, can’t remember which kind I buy, but it costs more and so worth it! I will have to try Hobbs though, love their batting, too! London shopping is so amazing, I know you’ll have a blast :-)ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2010 - 10:42 am

    Gillian - I hope you enjoy my country.ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2010 - 8:24 pm

    Donna Liljegren - Thanks for the stuffing tips, Anne. Have a great time in Europe. I’ll be back soon!

  • June 16, 2010 - 11:24 pm

    Diana - Have fun at Cath Kidston’s store! The quilters here in Taiwan are crazy about her oilcloth. We use the oilcloth to make bags and more bags…!ReplyCancel

  • June 17, 2010 - 9:08 am

    Anne - I look forward to this site every day!
    All of you are so friendly and helpful that I’m hoping one of you can help a friend of mine. Maurita is just about finished knitting a sweater for her daughter (a really long sweater) and now needs 5 more skeins! The yarn is by DIVE TESEO (Vergnasco, Italy) #44146 Blues/variegated, 55% wool/45% microfiber (50gm/1.75 oz) She is not too concerned about dye lots because it’s varigated. Apparently, it is now discontinued. Surely, there is more SOMEWHERE,OUT THERE! If you can help please post here or email me at THANK YOU!! AnneReplyCancel

  • June 17, 2010 - 9:32 am

    Loris Mills - Thank you so much for the reviews! Great info about the Presencia and the Hobbs stuffing. We want our projects to come out perfect :-) Have fun travels!ReplyCancel

  • June 17, 2010 - 10:44 am

    Amy Henderson - Thanks for the tip!!!!ReplyCancel

  • June 17, 2010 - 12:33 pm

    Carol - Have a wonderful time in Europe and especially at Cath Kidston’s store. Please take pics and share with us!ReplyCancel

  • June 17, 2010 - 4:05 pm

    cindy roberts - Hugs across the miles. Love Cath Kidston! Wonder why….maybe all those cute pink things! Having a tea towel give away!ReplyCancel

  • June 18, 2010 - 10:55 am

    Leona - Cath Kidson! Oh heaven! Please take pictures and I will live vicariously through you. As for the stuffing, I have always had inconsistent results when stuffing animals. I never even dreamed that it could be due to the quality of the stuffing. Thanks for the info.ReplyCancel