I have two great nieces that I was teaching to sew over the summer. I sent them home (1200) miles away with a Janome and many tools. The problem I have now is no one near them sews. When questions arise they don't have anyone nearby to ask. Any suggestions for videos/books/web sites that they can visit to help them continue to learn to sew? They are under 12 years old and I'm hoping to keep them interested!
Thanks for all suggestions!!
I am not able to help with your question but I just wanted to tell you how great this is. It is so hard to get the young girls interested these days. Also Welcome to the site and we hope to hear from you frequently.
Islandgirl - what kind of sewing are they learning to do -
welcome to QCA... first should have said that...lol
there are instructional videos and programs /books for all types of sewing...
Nancys Notions is a great place to start for sewing - she has tons of dvds about the subject and there are some really good books too...
connecting threads is a good place to buy books at a discount and they always have beginner books listed - I just recently bought some on learning quilting for my "girls"
my "girls" are 3 girls 12,11,10 - all interested and like you 1200 miles away from their Auntie Thea...
Thank you Nana. It was a great way to keep them occupied AND I got to do what I like most......Quilt!
Thanks for the welcome. I've been sitting on the sidelines forever now, but knew all here would have great ideas! I forgot about Nancy's notions. That sure is a great place to start.
One likes Quilting the other had a whole list of "design fashions" she wanted to create!!! I'm hoping to have them twice this year, maybe I can convince my local quilt shop to run an appropriate class........
Welcome to the QCA forums, islandgirl! When you have time, if you haven't already, tell us a little more about yourself: where you live, kinds of quilts you like to make, etc. We also love to see pictures!
For quilting reference books I would recommend:
Your First Quilt Book, by Carol Doak This book shows the basics of quilting and has some easy projects.
I did a search and found these two web sites that might be helpful:
If you have the time, maybe you can make some easy projects, take photos of each step and a simple explanation. Send them a new project ever 6 weeks or so.
Hope this helps.
Thanks so much. I've gotten many great suggestions!!! I knew everyone here could help!
Here are some books you might try - maybe check your library first and see what you think of them. Some, like the Gail Gibbons book, are for younger kids, but she's an excellent non-fiction author for kids. Lots of books from Kids Can Press, too - their website is http://www.kidscanpress.com/US/ and their titles include:
The Jumbo Book of Needlecrafts c 2008 - has sewing, needlework, knitting & crocheting & is a compilation of 4 or 5 of their stand-alone books.
Simply Sewing by Judy Ann Sadler, c 2004
Making Fleece Crafts also by Sadler, c 2000
Quilting by Biz Storms c 2001
All-American Quilts by Biz Storm c 2003
Other books include:
The Quilting Bee by Gail Gibbons c 2004 HarperCollins - a little history and some projects/patterns
With Needle and Thread by Raymond Bial c 1996 Houghton Mifflin - he's a wonderful photoessayist and this book includes the history of quilting/quiltmaking. Perhaps for the older end of kids (maybe 7th or 8th graders).
Kids' Easy Quilting Projects by Terri Thibault c Williamson Publishing/Publishers 2001 - this is, like Kids Can Press, a good publisher of childrens books.
Hope these help and kudos to you for passing a love of sewing & quilting on to younger generations!