Thursday, 28 March 2013

Sophie's Art Brownie Badge

Sophie has always been very keen on her weekly Brownie sessions and this is matched with her wishing to chose and work for different badges.  Since last summer she has been working on some badge or other and the latest is her Art Badge.

So we have been planning which of the sections of the badge requirements that Sophie wants to do.
The first thing that we did was set up a fabric printing station. Sophie had made her own printing blocks months ago because she saw me making some for my Art Textiles course so it made sense to use them again.
A few trials to make sure that the colour was just right on some spare fabric which Sophie will take along to the Brownie tester to show what the fabric looked like before cutting it up .
A great deal of concentration required now and Sophie decided what the design should look like.  That little apron she is wearing was a present years ago when she was about three!  It seems to grow with her.
I showed her how to load the printing block with a paint brush and left her to work out the rest herself.
Sophie added to the fabric using a cotton wool bud and her fingers!
She then used a template of mine and drew out a paper pattern.  She then pinned the paper pattern to the fabric making sure that she picked the best bits of her fabric (her idea to do this) and then using her sewing machine she pinned, stitched, stuffed each of the above hearts with ribbon to tie them together.  The best bit is that she also stitched up the opening with the stuffing inside without any problems on her own when I said that I would help her with this bit.
They really are very good indeed and Sophie made these all by herself I was just in the kitchen with her to be on hand of needed.  I really was not needed (don't tell me that I am on the scrap heap already?)
She is delighted with them and I was delighted at how she coped with this and problem solved as she went along.  A real slushy Mummy moment when steps forward like this occur.  Sophie is only 10 years old and has a lot of ability that I intend to nurture as she grows up.
This is only a part of what she has made for her Artist badge and she will be tested on it after Easter so I shall show you some more in my next post.
I am now on Easter holiday, I have six boxes of work and I think that I have the lurgy coming that half the nation has had.  Brilliant timing as usual.
Have a great Easter weekend where ever you may be.
xx

5 comments:

Toffeeapple said...

Sophie is a very clever and capable young lady. I do think that we underestimate what our children can do sometimes; I know I did with my daughter.

Those hearts are very well done and very creative, she is certain to get her badge.

Lynne said...

Bravo Sophie! I'm sure she will pass with the proverbial flying colours. So pleased to see Brownies moving with the times (my friend is Guiding County Commissioner for Norfolk so am not really surprised!) And how great for Sophie that she has your example - and genes!

Lynne said...

Bravo Sophie! I'm sure she will pass with the proverbial flying colours. So pleased to see Brownies moving with the times (my friend is Guiding County Commissioner for Norfolk so am not really surprised!) And how great for Sophie that she has your example - and genes!

dottycookie said...

A brilliant job, well done to her. My daughters love Brownies though they are never *quite* so keen to do the work for badges :-) I led the village pack to their Science Investigator badge a couple of times - brilliant fun.

Wendy said...

Awesome job Sophie! You go girl! I am sure your badge will be forthcoming. Such a creative and artistic way to earn her badge. Such a proud mom moment as well. Hope you have a blessed and love filled Easter holiday.

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