what is her skill level? i remember pillows being the first thing i tried to make. also clothes! things like simple skirts & dresses. it's a good way to get her used to patterns too.
Some really cute ideas here. Especially the Pumpkin People, just in time for Halloween/Thanksgiving.
The first things we made were mufflers (like wool woven scarfs) and pillows. A simple skirt with an elastic waistband. Loose pull-over sleeveless shirts. Doing clothing that needs a zipper is much more difficult, as would be setting in sleeves. If you go to a fabric store, they should be able to help you pick a beginner's pattern or two.
Some of the other projects I was given when I was young were those loop potholders (kind of pointless, but you learn to weave), small hand-sewing tasks like sewing a button or fixing a hem that is coming undone. I wish I'd learned to knit when I was younger too. That turned out to be pretty easy, at least until you start using patterns. It's really easy to just make a scarf.
Is cross-stitch really passe? My mom used to do it, so I tried it for a while, and I think that's the main reason my hand sewing is so precise and even. (You get used to making even stitches). It's easy to do since the fabric has tiny holes to guide where you stitch, and it's easier to read the patterns than doing embroidery.
Edit: I tend to think of cross stitch as being stupid homey samplers, but people do some cool things with it. I remember my mom once did a family "portrait" that had our extended family on both sides (like 50+ people) and you could actually easily pick everyone out.
Also people who are really good do stuff like this in cross stitch...
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Yea, I was just looking at patterns, there is some really cool stuff now. I'm not sure what I'd do with the finished pieces though. Maybe hanging them like you'd hang a canvas (mounted, unframed)?
how the holy fuck do people walk around in heel-less boots?
We were out to dinner last month and saw a woman quickly cross the street in super high, heel-less strappy dress sandals, so her entire foot/ankle wasn't even enclosed. We had no freakin' idea how she did it.
And god, those things are ugly. I don't know what would possess someone to buy a pair.
Ugly shoes are art, apparently
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I think Heidi's on the right track with knitting and/or crocheting - those are pretty good (and portable) kid-friendly crafts and they're popular enough that there's a ton of information available and the materials are really easy to find. It'd also set her up to make nice holiday gifts and whatnot, which is a sort of liberating thing for a kid to be able to do.
Edit - sorry, didn't read this thoroughly enough and thought you wanted suggestions in line with what she was doing, not directly related to it. I actually would recommend you guys find a good fiber store and take a needle-felting class. That way she's still working with a material she knows but is getting to experience a new side of it. Plus, needle felted stuff is fucking cute. Really fucking cute.
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Hannah, thank you for the ideas. I found a beginner's book online for needle felting. Maybe I will get that next paycheck.
In other news, I made an appointment to dye my hair purple. I'm really scared and excited, and I should probably look into buying some hats to wear to work.
Weird body question. This morning and on Sunday morning, I had some painful cramps that lasted maybe an hour at most. I thought my period was starting — it's scheduled to come, I think. Comes every two months because of my birth control regimen. But it didn't.
I'm gonna assume this is normal. Of course, the Internet will always tell you you either have caner on you're pregnant; right now, they're saying cramps and no period means I'm carrying spawn. But, this should be impossible; I take my birth control every day and have never skipped a pill. Every pill gets taken. So, should I think it's something else (cysts?) or it's totally chill. (I don't have any other symptoms typical of what the Internet says "being pregnant" brings. I've never been preggers, so I dunno if those are true.)
i have no idea what causes irregular periods.
i know a whole fucking lot about cramping though. ask your doctor about pelvic floor dysfunction. i'm starting physical therapy for that tomorrow. even after three surgeries and complete removal of endometriosis (another possibility), i still have cramping that will hopefully be cured with therapy. cysts are extremely common and they come and go. they become a concern when they are either really large or they are a "chocolate" cyst that bursts (endometriosis). also, this is probably unlikely given that your cramping isn't excruciatingly constant, but a twisted ovary is also a possibility.
i bought some adorable teal aldo pumps today to go with a teal wiggle tahari dress i got on clearance. pumped.
I don't think having painful cramps once is something to worry much about -- if it continues, then perhaps you should check with your doctor.
hey girls! I have a wedding to go to on Saturday, and I have the hardest time dressing for them. I feel like I am either over dressed or under dressed. Do you guys have any suggestions on what would be appropriate?
It's difficult to make a suggestion without knowing the circumstances of the wedding... is it a day time or night time wedding, what is the setting, did they give any clues about attire on the invite or save the date?
they didn't and that is the frustrating part. The wedding is early afternoon with the reception into the night time. I don't even know if it is inside or outside. I was thinking a nice dress? The rules always confuse me. You don't want to wear white, or black, but not loud colors right? What does that really leave?