Thursday, January 18, 2007

passing it down

Is there a Grandmother Handbook out there somewhere?

My interpretation is to try to pass on the handcrafts that I learned as a young girl - sewing, crocheting, knitting, embroidery. Hand it down, impart that knowledge. The great part is - the kids love it and are quick learners.

Sarah and Madison come up on Wednesdays for an hour or so. Last week I pulled out several books on different handcrafts and told them to pick a project to work on these cold winter days. They both picked patchwork quilting.

Sarah found a picture she really liked, and Madison had an idea of what she wanted to do with squares. They raided the fabric closet and both came up with what they needed.

I told them the first step was to get out the graph paper and crayons, to plan what they wanted to do, placement of blocks, colors, etc.

When they came back yesterday I had all the fabric cut for them and they started laying out the blocks, then on to the sewing machine!

They tired of hearing me say slow down and be careful and reminding them of sewing my finger at their age. They got a few blocks sewed together, and didn't want to leave. To be continued next week…

An hour with your grandchildren can make you feel young again. Anything longer than that, and you start to age quickly. ~Gene Perret


Melissa said...

I love the quote! No wonder I always feel much older then my age. . . .

colleen said...

There's nothing more valuable than to pass on creative life skills so that young people know there is more than one way to meet our own can buy it or go directly to the source and provide it yourself.

Isn't the fruitcake lady a hoot and a half?! Here's another one I found.

jellyhead said...

That is so lovely that you spend that time with them every week. You're a great granny, Susan!

Joann said...

What an interesting idea, passing along, very intentionally, the skills I have to the grandchildren. I wonder what those skills are, however? In another few years, what will I teach my grandchildren? Food for thought.