My little Sophie has wanted to learn to stitch for so long, but she's never quite grasped the concept of counting the threads on linen. Every time I reviewed it with her, I would wait for it to just "click" with her, but that never seemed to happen. So we've moved on.. to Aida! I thought maybe if she could see the squares, then eventually she'd understand how the threads of linen work.
I decided to order for her (from Attic Needleworks, in Mesa, AZ - a shop I would love to visit some day!) a children's kit by Brightneedle. The "Jellybean Collection" (by the lovely ladies at Brightneedle) features a character named Mary Kirby and her dog (Hoover), and each chart in the series depicts one of the places they've visited in the world. Each kit comes with a "passport," a sticker, a chapter of Mary and Hoover's story, and best of all - a sterling charm. (Sophie was just as excited about collecting these as she was learning to stitch!)
Sophie has made good progress on her piece, and worked especially hard on it when she found out we were going to my parents' house for dinner the other night. She pushed and pushed herself to finish the house, until I finally had to yell "INTERVENTION!" bc I was afraid she'd hurt somebody if she didn't get it done. (I have NO idea where she gets that from, btw.)
Of course, my mother was very pleased at Sophie's accomplishments, which made Sophie beam with pride. I suppose I should be happy for her... at least my mommy-dearest didn't do to Soph what she used to do to me: Beat me with a Dazor while screaming "What have I TOLD you, PAULETTE?? NO METAL HOOPS! NO METAL HOOPS!!! NO NO NO METAL HOOPS!!!!!!!!!" Okay, I'm just kidding. She didn't really use a Dazor.
Sophie, Grandmommy and I are very proud of you. You're doing so well on your first cross-stitched piece, and your stitches look wonderful! We love you so much. :)