Ava made this almost entirely on her own this weekend. The stitching and the design are completely hers though I think my mother helped her cut the pieces. She's been making pincushions here and there since I went on my kick a few weeks ago. It was so very cool to see her sewing and it was a good parenting experience for me too. First because I had to be patient and sit with her while she worked on the first one, and second because it allowed me to really teach her something as opposed to just encouraging her in her artwork or something.
On her first cushion I just told her how beautiful it was cause I was so proud that she actually finished it all by herself. But on the second one, when she asked me how she was doing I hesitated and then told her she was doing great but that to make it even better she should try her best to make her stitches as small as she could. This was kind of hard to say to her. With anything creative I usually just tell her how wonderful it is and how much I love it but I felt like it was my job to teach her this skill of sewing and that in the end she would learn more and get more of a feeling of accomplishment if I told her it was great but that she could make it better by trying. We both learned something I think.