Monday, 20 December 2010

Day Twenty and a gift delivered

This gift is for Ella, the 12 year old daughter of my best friend Sarah. She is fascinated by my studio and always wants to play! So I suggested that her gift this year would be a 'makey day' in my studio. And that day was today.

So Ella arrived this morning and we decided to make a book - and didnt she do a good job!

She layered scraps of silk and the foil bits of quality street wrappers (yes we did eat a few but hey - it is Christmas!) onto pelmet vilene and covered it with a fine man-made fabric. She stitched it all down with an underwater theme - you may be able to see the cute little red turtle near the bottom of the book. You wouldnt guess that this was the first time she had used a sewing machine with an embroidery foot!

She then burnt away some of the man-made fabric to show the scraps underneath. We finished the cover with a button clasp and a beaded tie.
And she is, justifiably proud of a days work well done!
She said she cant wait to show her art teacher when she gets back to school in the new year. I think the teacher should be impressed! I certainly was! Ella worked from 10.30am to 7pm with a short break for lunch. It just goes to show what kids can do when they are having fun!

7 comments:

  1. You have certainly inspired her! A lovely book for her to treasure.

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  2. Oh how really lovely of you to teach Ella today ,hasnt she done a fantastic job ,bet she will count this as one of her best gifts ,My Tote/bag came today ,from Festival of Japan ,for my Granddaughter ..love Jan xx

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  3. That gift is worth a fortune, you've set a young lady on the path of creativity!
    Of course in the future if she's like the rest of us it will cost her a fortune too! But what fun she'll have.

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  4. Well done Ella. That's a lovely xmas pressie.

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  5. Fantastic book... well done Ella!

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  6. Wow! Ella is very talented and her beautiful book would put many an adult to shame. The turtle and star are beautifully worked. Well done Ella!

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