Now that my baby is getting bigger and sleeping more at night (and during the day some too) I think I can fit in little craft projects here or there (though the bulk of my free time still goes to daily household tasks and working from home).
I figure I may as well post these pictures of the quiet book while I still have time. I can't get the in process photos I took off my cell phone right now so these nearly finished pages ones I took this morning will have to do.
- One background page
- 7 (or more) pieces of yarn, approximately 30 inches long each
- Wooden beads, I got mine in the jewelry section at Joanns. Alternatively you could use those ubiquitous plastic beads often used for kids crafts, or something like metal washers from a hardware store (which would be flatter but not as colorful). Anyway, you need something to count
- Embroidery thread
- Felt letter for the top & small patch of coordinating patterned fabric to put behind the letter
This was one of the easiest pages I've made. I highly recommend it. Plus I like that it has an educational value (learning to count). You may wonder "why count to 7, why not 10" well...that's what fit easily on the page :) You could do differently. The instructions and measurements here apply to doing 7 rows.
- Measure off with pins where each row will go. Roughly, I think I did 2 inches from the top to my first row (to leave room for embroidered words). Then each string is spaced about 1 1/4" below the previous one.
- Take yarn, pull through a large needle and knot the two ends together so the thread is doubled over itself.
- Start at the back of the page and pull yarn through til knot stops it. I picked the spot to pull the yarn through based vertically on where I had put the pins (spacing addressed above on step 1) and horizontally the right side is, I think, 1/2 and inch from the edge, and the left side is 1 inch from the edge. I give more space on the left hand side because of the numbers and because I will need to make button holes there eventually because I plan on binding my book using D-rings (like in a 3 ring binder).
- Thread on your beads
- Pull yarn across page, trying your best to keep it straight. I used a pin to mark the spot the yarn was to go back down...and I found the spot for the pin using my measuring tape. Lots of measuring on this one.
- Knot yarn at the back.
- Repeat for 6 more rows
- Embroider words at the top, mine says "is for counting", I will add the felt C later...like I've added other letters previously.
- Embroider numbers along left hand side
- Done! and Done!
Please excuse my hastily taken photos but you get the idea. If you have questions, post them in the comments and I will try to answer. I wrote this post hastily so my directions may be sloppy. Let me know :)