Time has flown here in Bali at the Jodie O’Shea Orphanage. This week I taught the children embroidery. I cut up pieces of Charles Craft Monaco Fabric and had them make patches for their backpacks. I instructed the boys to stitch their favorite futbol team and the girls to stitch their names, a design, anything they wanted. I gave them DMC Water Soluble Markers to draw their design onto and they stitched right over their drawing. I also showed them how to use DMC Embroidery Transfer Paper to transfer their drawing onto their fabric. The kids loved it and most of them finished their patches during the one hour class, a nice fun easy project for all ages!
Tonight I hung out with some of the girls who asked me for a large piece of Aida fabric. I got it for them and low and behold they have begun a cross stitched tablecloth! I had given them a booklet of designs of some old dimensions kits I had brought with me. They went nuts over some of the designs, and especially loved the charming flower and duck designs. They clapped their hands excitedly when I gave them a Mickey Mouse design. Take a look at some of the pictures, the tablecloth is turning out beautiful!
I am so happy to be able to share my love of stitching with the children of Bali. It amazes me how eager they are to learn and participate in my classes. It thrills me that both the boys and girls are equally enthusiastic. I am able to teach these kids a lot, but in the late afternoons and nights when I can sit and talk and play with the kids I feel they are teaching me more than I am teaching them. I love it here.