I said in my first textile entry that it wasn't hip to sew when I was a younger woman and that I am glad that things are changing and the pendulum is swinging back to sewing popularity. Today I saw a significant sign of this. You know sewing is popular when the American Girl Today doll comes with a miniature sewing machine!!
One of my favorite things that I do is to teach young and very young children to sew and to be creative with textiles. It is very rewarding to think that I am helping to keep this skill alive. I love to see them get inspired and feel confident in this realm. So, I have to admit, I got a little sentimental at the thought of my students' excitement over this toy. I think they will have fun with it and also get a sense of validation.
By the way, I have boys and girls take my classes and they all get a huge sense of pride at being able to produce creative and practical items. A mass produced, plastic toy may not seem like the best place to look for examples of the handmade movement, but it is a step in the right direction and the exposure is going to make a trend into a tidal wave. Now we just have to have organic fabric available for them when they go to buy materials for their sewing projects.