3 kids under 13 +8 hours sewing + 1 mother with patience stretched thin = a creativity bomb!
I taught the 3 kids (yes, including my son) to cut out a pattern, sew on buttons, handle the sewing machine and overlocker and slip stitch. We’ve dabbled in sewing before but this is our first serious foray for a while. There was tears (them) and fingers pricked (me) but the look on their face was priceless as they pushed through learning new skills. Now they are so proud of themselves and their newly created critters. I believe life skills such as sewing, cooking, gardening, ironing and being responsible for pets/jobs help weave character. Being a team, listening to others, taking turns, learning new skills, teaching each other and seeing a project through to completion helps build character.
Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece — by thought, choice, courage and determination.
– John Luther
No artists work is so high, so noble, so grand, so enduring, so important for all time, as the making of character.
-Charlotte Saunders Cushman