Learning to Sew by Noreen Davis with illustrations by Eric Winter was published in 1972 and is part of the Ladybird series 633. This book is close to my heart, it combines the 70's version of the make do and mend ethos with Ladybird's classic educational agenda. It is probably as a result of books like this one that I love to make things. Out of this love of crafting, Mrs Fox's was born and Mrs Fox's Crafty Boxes are the latest product of this. If you love making things with and for your children too, then at the end of this post I'll tell you how to get yourself a copy of this book.
"The simple text and clear, colourful illustrations of this book will make learning to sew a pleasure. The reader is taken step by step through the beginnings of sewing and at each stage a useful article can be made which adds to the sense of achievement."
This book starts with a list of "Some materials you will need", and a great Ladybird illustration too.
It then proceeds with a series of skills; explaining various stitches, hemming, sewing on a button etc.
And includes a series of simple projects that will help a child learn to sew. As I love to make things in fabric, (we sell some of them on our Folksy store) it is no surprise that my oldest little fox, Una, has been quick to learn and insistent on using her sewing skills, my last post being the perfect example.
I love to sew and I love fabrics, and pattern. There is something straightforward and practical about sewing, as a skill it can be used to make so many things, there are so many methods and processes. But sewing is also creative, artistic and really very meditative.
So, when I discovered the Craftivists Jigsaw Project which aims to raise awareness of Save the Children's Race Against Hunger Campaign I signed the petition straight away. And then I found some white cotton, scissors and fabric pens because it gave me a starting point for a sewing craft with the little foxes.
The Craftivist Collective is going to create a giant embroidered jigsaw puzzle. Each piece of the jigsaw will be handmade by individual crafters and so this afternoon I have cut out three of the jigsaw templates for me and each of the little foxes to decorate. I will pop pictures of the results up on Valentines Day:
"Using jigsaw pieces stitched together, the project will create an art installation to raise awareness of the issues of world hunger and injustice. As well as making a piece for the artwork, we're encouraging you to make one for yourself to keep as a reminder to be part of the solution, and to give a piece stitched with the words "I'm a piece" to your MP, to ask them to be the positive change they wish to see in the world. You can find instructions here, your jigsaw template here, suggested slogans here, a story to reflect on whilst stitching here and there's also a video here.- everything you should need!"
So, how about spreading a little bit of your love a little bit further this Valentines Day? How about showing your love for the people of the world and helping to put hunger at the top of the agenda at the G8 next summer, sign the petition here and then pop a comment on this post for the chance to win a vintage copy of the Ladybird book; Learning to Sew. We will pick a post at random on 21st February when the jigsaw pieces should be with the Craftivist Collective. And spread the word, on your own blog, Twitter and Facebook.