Age 6-7 Years
One yard of 36-inch wide, unbleached calico, 3d. to 6d. per yard, will give twelve or nine tray cloths, according as the yard is divided into 12 x 9 inches or 12 x 12 inches. Needles, No. 2 "Scientific" sharps. Thread, No 16 cotton embroidery thread. Cost, 1d. each.
Allow the child to lay and pin the folds down at intervals where the need of so doing is felt; to construct from the start in its own primitive way. Knots are to be prized in this respect and accepted in all cases, when so expressed by the child in the beginning and finishing of its stitchery. For the first few exercises the child makes under and upper folds equal in size.
From evidence gathered, either playing with oddments in its own home or experimenting with material in school, 99 per cent. begin with a straight line, known as tacking, varying from § to 1 inch, according as the child is short-sighted or long-sighted.
In accepting and directing this impulse of the child to tack, we avoid that closeness of range so detrimental to the eyesight.
As regards colour, the child resembles the savage in his love for strong contrast; and if he discovers to us his exuberance in crude colour, we may take advantage of this in considering the colour of our material, and direct the child into a right feeling for what is good by feeding the colour sense with greens and blues and purples and rosy colourings, avoiding such notoriously hypermetropic colours as red, that intoxicate but do not invigorate.
At this stage and onwards, it should be noted that each child has a thimble and uses the thimble on the second finger of the right hand.
Thimble and needle drills, so called, are entirely profitless. Drills without imagination are a strain on the child and should be avoided. Diagrams 1 and 2 illustrate Lesson I (Expansion Of Combined Types Into Nightdress, Overall, Wrapper, Etc).