Five months on and Immy still enjoys regularly fossicking through her toddler sewing basket; stitching onto the drawer liner, playing and creating with fabric and ribbon, sorting buttons, and threading beads and cotton reels onto pipe cleaners or a shoe lace.
So this week I thought it was time to introduce a little more challenge. I exchanged her drawer liner for cross-stitch cloth, her plastic needle for a large, blunt-nosed metal needle, the wool for embroidery thread, and…
… we started to sew on buttons. Immy very quickly learnt to pull the thread all the way through the front of the cloth, to thread the needle through one hole in the button and then another, and then to push the needle back down through the fabric close to the button.
The process continued over a number of days. Several short, peaceful sessions where we would sit side by side, me (usually with a cup of tea close at hand) guiding, reminding and assisting when asked. Until it was declared finished.
I love it so much that we have hung it up on the wall. And Immy enjoyed the process so much that we have started another.