Friday, May 14, 2010

Kassidy learns to crochet...

In my last post where I showed you my pillowcases...I said that Kassidy thought they were so cute that she was totally motivated to learn how to crochet...

She really likes to make things for her room and I had already given her one of the pillowcases....so she decided to make a "dresser set" instead...

...so on one of our "Sew Nights with Kass"...she picked out some fabric from her stash...

...the main print for the top...



...an orange polka dot for the back....


...because she didn't have enough orange, she also chose
this green for the back of the small ones...



...I cut them out for her and then she pinned them together and stitched away...



...with Right sides together...she also left an opening and then turned RSO...


...pressed them and then topstitched... (the top stitching also sewed the opening closed)...


I taught Kassidy how to prepare the edges for crochet by doing a buttonhole stitch with the yarn just like I did for the pillowcases...



...she had to cut the yarn pretty long so she used her teeth to hold the needle because it took both hands to pull each stitch through smoothly...she learned that from me too!


Then it was time for the crocheting lesson...


Here she is crocheting for the first time...concentrating on her stitch count and not pulling too tightly...




She watched her favorite TV shows as she worked on them over about a weeks time...


And now they are here on her vintage dresser that I bought for her on her 8th birthday...she calls it her "beauty table".
Her beauty table is where she sits to put on her jewelry...fix her hair...put on lip gloss...or any other primping....lol
She keeps all of her "beauty supplies" in the drawers and all of her jewelry on top.


She made a large one for the center and a small one for each side...



Dresser sets were made by our Mothers and Grandmothers to go on thier "beauty tables" back in the day...
they were either doilies or made with fine linen with beautiful crochet edges along with elegant embroidered designs...Kassidy's dresser set is a simplified version of the vintage dresser sets.


They just look adorable in her room ...and I am so proud of her...she did a fantastic job!
It was the perfect project for her to learn on because the crochet pattern was very easy and fairly quick for her so that she didn't get bored with it.
Also...knowing that she had a place picked out for them to go helped to keep her motivated.
What do you think of Kassidy's first crochet project?

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sewprimitive karen said...

Lori, what a wonderful dresser set. Your daughter is adorable.

Cardygirl said...

Gorgeous! What a clever girl & her inspirational mum!

Rosina said...

What a great project! My daughter loves to decorate her room to and would love making something similar :) The crocheted edges on the pillowcases in the post below are adorable. I used to have ones like that when I was a little girl that my mom had made me. I think I just might have to make some for myself and my daughter of course *grin*. Have a lovely day :)

DianeM said...

Great job Kassidy! I really like the fabric you used :) Your crochet edges came out perfect!
P.S. - I like your peace sign watch too.

Marcia said...

LOVE your color choices Kassidy! Great job. Look out all this sewing and crocheting is addictive! You are fortunate to have someone teach you. The dresser scarves were a great first project. I'm looking forward to seeing what you'll make next. Enjoy!

Brenda said...

She did a great job! I am going to be on the lookout for vintage pillowcases to do the edging on. Won't they make lovely gifts? Thanks for sharing these pictures.I am so glad that Kassidy loves sewing.

Sue said...

That is about as precious as a beautiful, sunshiny day! Good for her!

I love the pic of her holding the needle between her teeth. Who doesn't do that?!

Sue said...

I also have to add that that is something I never learned so I am jealous :D

My mother tried to teach me but she was a lefty and I'm a righty. It was awkward trying to learn from her.

Karin said...

Ask Kassidy if she wants to visit New Mexico. I want crochet lessons! Looks like she's got her Mama's creative genes! Beautifully done girl!

Sam said...

Thanks for inviting me along for Kassity's Excellent adventure! Great work.

Elizabeth said...

I think Kassidy did beautifully! What a lifetime gift you have given her by teaching her how to crochet. I was taught by my four crazy aunts to do all kinds of needlework. Each time I pick up another project to work on, I think of the one who taught me and how much I loved her.

marylin & poussy said...

Oh hello, I write you of France and I discover your blog which is too beautiful I put him(it) in my links! But what an age has this child to make of such marvel, I I have a 8-year-old girl who exaggerate but do not know how to sew to the machine! Really I congratulate you
Best regards marylin

joliesjunebugboutique said...

That is so awesome! She did a wonderful job! I can't wait to teach my daughter how to sew! She is only 3 now!

Darlene said...

Oh, I definitely remember 'dresser sets' - sigh! :-)

I'm in complete awe of Kassidy's project - it's beyond cute. She did a fabulous job - applause, applause, applause.

The Speckled Hen said...

Kass did a great job they look perfect. Great memories you both have shared - one of many Kass will carry with her through life. I remember being her age and my uncle taught me how to knit one summer and I would go out on the swing and just knit. My dad allowed me to share is art room with him and he placed the old Singer in there and while he was working I would come in and make head scarfs and tube tops.

Glenna at Hollyhock Quilts said...

These are wonderful! You've got a talented quilter/needleworker there! Great job, Kassidy!

Yuki said...

Great job Kassidy! Very cute manicure!

ttfn :) Yuki

Denise in PA said...

What a great job Kassidy did! It is so wonderful she is learning at such a young age. I really need to try this!!

Cynthia said...

Kassidy is very creative and talented.Her beauty table is even more ebautiful now! I can hardly wait to she what she comes up with next! Will be anxiously waiting.

Nedra said...

You've snagged me. I went out and bought some yarn and fabric to crochet pillowcases. If Kassidy can do it, so can I! (now I just have to find the time)

Joanna said...

I think she did an amazing job! My 9 year old girl would love to learn that - you have inspired me to teach her!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

That is the cutest thing. WOW I'm proud of her. I'd love to make those. Great job Kassidy. Love her robe she is adorable.

Linda said...

Great job Kassidy! Does she hire out???

Sherry said...

Wow, great job Kassidy! Love the fabrics and you did such a nice job on the crochet. I spotted an owl pillow in your room that I just bought today at Target for my granddaughter! :) You are lucky to have such a wonderful, talented Mom to teach you all this wonderful crafty stuff. Thanks Lori for sharing! Hope you both have a great week-end!

Deborah said...

Great job sweetie! I sew with young girls all the time and you clearly have the gift. I wonder what project is next?

Darlene B said...

I think she did an absolutely BEE-U-TIFUL job! She must have had an awesome teacher!
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Anita said...

Dear Lori,

Thanks a lot for your sweet comment on my blog. I am glad you found me! Oh, how nice that you learnt her how to crochet! I wish I could learn it, too!

How nice that you made TILDA strawberries, too! I am looking forward to admiring them! Yes of course, you may link back to my blog from yours in my post?

Blessings, Anita

Jennifer said...

She did a wonderful job. The crocheting looks beautiful.

Barb said...

What a lovely young lady....and so talented too...

Sandra Henderson said...

Kassidy, I'm so PROUD of you! Great job! I'm so jealous, you are just every mother's dream... I'm so happy to see young ladies following in their mother's footsteps! :) It warms my heart so....XO

Elizabeth said...

Kassidy did a beautiful job! What a girl! Unfortunately, I did not inherit the Crochet Gene, but admire the beautiful work you both did on your pretty crochet projects. Thanks for sharing!

Debi said...

Wow, she did a great job! I have always loved crochet & wanted to LEARN to crochet, but everytime someone tried to teach me, I was just all fumble-fingers & couldn't get it! I sew, quilt, scrapbook & do other crafts & this is the one I couldn't master. Oh well, it's good for the people that sell their crocheted items. I'm an eager buyer!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I love the picture of her looking up at the camera while sewing. She looks so small against the full sized machine. She's so darling. I love her project. What a great person you are building.

Sweet P said...

Awesome job Cassie! You are becoming a great seamstress and fiber creator.

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