You know you're in trouble when you look up from your evening's work and realize that if you went to bed RIGHT THIS MINUTE the amount of sleep you'd get before your alarm goes off is more like that of an afternoon nap. Such was the case yesterday evening, but I didn't care. I had fun playing with my buttons and making these:
I started with the intention of making the sample project for next week's hand sewing class at BAYarts. The girls have spent the past two weeks working on purses, so I want next week to be a shorter project that they can start and finish in one class. I thought pins would be a fun accessory for the girls to make and keep or give to their mothers for Valentine's Day.
My main reason for sitting down to make the model was to see whether I should teach the girls how to sew the pin onto the back or do it for them before the beginning of class. Although it will take awhile, I think I'm going to take care of this step before class. We did a similar project during one of my classes in the summer and attaching the pin was frustrating for some of the girls. As new little sewists (yes, because sewER is too much like sewer/sewage/etc... Thank you Meg McElwee for introducing me to this new word.) it was difficult for them to avoid sewing over the pin.
I ended up getting a little carried away. Instead of one model, I made five. I think these will be included in the valentines that Little Tiger and The Milk Belly Princess give to their teachers. This one is my favorite:
I like the way all of the old buttons look together, but I also like to think about where they came from. Were the gold-painted buttons on a fancy dress? Did the little ladybug adorn doll's clothes or a child's pinafore? Were they all from clothes belonging to the same family?