Age : 7-7 1/2 Years

Frequently during the tacking together of the tray cloth or small mat the child makes a deviation by over-seaming or top-sewing. This we seize upon and apply to the construction of a small bag from the already tacked oblong tray cloth (Diag. 3), or to the construction of a small sachet from a square tacked mat (Diag. 3A). While the child may be disappointed at first to see the destruction of the tray cloths, yet this is changed to joy when she sees the new articles constructed by her own effort from the now well-known tray cloth. Cords may be run through the top folds and used instead of tape or braid, as strings. Children enjoy producing an article which has not existed hitherto ; the constructive faculty is exercised and strengthened.

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The stitch is worked from right to left, and at right angles to the material, which should lie along the first joint and around the finger-tip of the first finger of the left hand, and be kept in place with the thumb and second finger, as shown in Diag. 4.


Two children make a cord. Or one end may be attached to a hook on the wall.

They stand apart twisting the strands of thread at each end in alternate directions, either with the fingers or by looping over a pencil or stick and turning round as in 5.

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When sufficiently twisted one catches the two ends together and shakes out the length two or three times (Diag. 5A).

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Each end may then be knotted and ravelled out, producing primitive tassels - an advance on the primitive, simple knot, but both serving the same purpose.