On Saturday Islay and I had a precious, and very rare, couple of hours with just the two of us at home. We finished off a little sewing project that we had started some time ago.
Last autumn I was in John Lewis with all the children and Islay saw their little sewing machines* (because, of course, we visited the sewing department) and she immediately asked if she could have one for her birthday or Christmas. I thought it might wear off but she carried on showing interest so my parents gave her one for her birthday. She was delighted. I had also seen good reviews of Sewing for Children by Emma Hardy** and they gave her a copy too (and mum has promised her a Grannie sewing session some time this summer).
Our house has been the land of horrible colds recently. I’m only just getting my voice back after a few very croaky days. Katie is recovering and back to sleeping all night but waking up faaaaar too early. And Islay had a day off school yesterday, not so much for illness but more because she was very tired after coughing all night. We made some brownies together and, for the first time, I let Katie help too. I think from her face in these photos you can tell how much she enjoyed herself!
* I like the sewing machine, it is fully functioning with backstitch and a few different stitch settings. It isn’t very fast and it is noisy but I would recommend it as a good starting point
** I can’t help thinking that the title would be better as Sewing with Children, Sewing for Children seems to me like things to make for them rather than with them