Go back to your school days in home ec. and remember what it was like to cut out a garment and sew it together. Do you recall how complicated it seemed? Especially trying to make that tubular shaped sleeve fit into a round flat hole?
I am here to tell you that understanding patterns and sewing a garment from one, is child’s play compared to creating a Jacob’s Ladder, a simple toy to play with but a complicated feat of engineering to create!
Today, I played host to the First Friday Play date with several sweet women who gather to make stuff. The host has the privilege of deciding what to create. I think my idea to create a Jacob’s Ladder was perhaps not my best. I couldn’t explain how to make it although I had made two as practice! Ask any of those frustrated women in attendance! But with silence and concentration, I managed to put one together.
And let me tell you, I am proud of myself for having figured it out! It’s not easy!
My son, Taylor, recorded my “William Morris Ladder” in action!
I have called it the William Morris Ladder because of his designs which I cut from a postcard book to put on the sides. Then I used two of his quotes to make it a “reading” book and not just a “picture” book in addition to being an interactive toy book. One of quotes reads “If you cannot learn to love real art, at least learn to hate sham art”. I think this little “artistic” effort may fall into the sham category but I feel smarter for having made it! And to those who came, thanks for your patience and good luck.
Tags: paper creations