Age 11-12 Years

Towelling : rough crash : serge. Thread, Mending yarn of varying thicknesses. Needles, Darners.

Children accept material, be it cloth or bread, in casual fashion.

Their world is full of mysterious things; their uneducated mind assumes that things have always been as they are.

Now, as we have stated, the mind at this period thinks intelligently, though not in adult fashion, and the learner, to understand the mystery

Diag. 49.

of cloth, requires the teacher at this point as guide. Here there is an overlapping with history - the first need of man for clothes (wool, cotton, gradually the loom).

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Diag. 50.

And from weaving or darning the decorative motifs in Diags. 49, 50, the child gathers experience, and knowledge, and skill.

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Diag. 51.

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Diag. 51 a.

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Diag. 52. D

Method

Place the work over the first two fingers (which may be separated slightly as the fingers gain control). Hold the material with the thumb and third finger.

Place the needle within the hand, upon the first and second fingers, and hold in place with the thumb; darn away from the worker at right angles to the material (Diag. 51).

The needle, as it returns to the worker (always at right angles to the material), is held between the thumb and the first finger as in top sewing (Diag. 51A).

Place in from six to eighteen strands, the size of the motif; then weave across until the tiny web or braid is complete (Diags. 49, 50).

Diag. 52 shows some ordinary darning applied as decoration and latchets to a bag, etc.

Diag. 53 illustrates the second process of riveting the woven (or darned) material on the weakened surround.

And this prepares for the actual hole - darned at the next stage.