I love the handwork aspect of the Waldorf curriculum, but up until recently, it wasn’t a big part of our daily homeschooling rhythm. When I first came to Waldorf, I learned how to knit, taught Vincent (then a third grader), promptly accumulated a lot of yarn, and that was the end of the story. I would pick up my knitting every once in a while; Vincent would pick his up even less frequently. I do like the idea of knitting. I really love the idea of thinking being “mental knitting”. But really, I don’t actually like to knit.
When we started our US Geography block last May, I pulled out a fabric map I purchased awhile ago. I had grand plans of embroidering the map, making it into a quilt and recording our travels with French knots. I am good with ideas – follow through is a different story. I have wanted to learn how to embroider for years, and thanks to my propensity toward accumulating art and handwork supplies at yard sales and Goodwill, I had lots of embroidery floss, hoops and even a pair of cute little embroidery scissors all ready for the project. This time, however, things were different. I taught myself the running stitch, taught Vincent and away we went – embroidering our way across the USA. The whole thing took us about a month, and it was a great way to end the school year.
I plan to do more embroidery with Vincent this year – we have all those patterns from Sarah Jane Studios to work on. I do need to come to terms with knitting though, as it is a big part of grade 1. I am interested to see how Jude will take to handwork. He does like to finger knit, and I think if I make the time to do it, he will be just fine.
Now for the giveaway: One of the recurring search terms that lead people to my blog is “US fabric map”. If you are local to the Asheville area, I purchased mine at Foam and Fabric. If you are not local, I’ve seen it at JoAnn’s Fabric. Both stores also carry a fabric world map made by the same company (Fabric Traditions). However if you are feeling lucky today, leave a comment and I will send one US fabric map to a US reader and one world map to an international reader. Please tell me if you are a US or an international reader in your comment. If you are so inspired, please also indicate in your comment what you would like to see more of during the upcoming school year here at Sure as the World. This will not influence your chances of winning, however, as a number will be chosen at random. I will close comments at 6am Monday, August 27. Good luck.