Thursday 16 August 2012

Her Creative Space

I know I've talked before, about our 11 year old having taken up crochet.
There are phases, as with all children. Sometimes she has too many other distractions going on.
But every know and then she comes back to crochet, usually starting off following a pattern
and then turning it into something of her own design.

She has been taking it to school sometimes, and has had a negative reaction from certain girls in her class.
You know - the ones who don't like anyone being themselves.
They don't like someone who doesn't follow the crowd, fit in with what they construe is 'cool'.

But - this is now changing.

She has stood up for herself. Others at school have expressed an interest in crochet, 
and she has started teaching them. They are absolutely loving it.

Not only are they enjoying it - they are making new friends and socializing in a different way.
(instead of gossip and sillyness in the playground)
It is helping some of them who have issues with bullying/anxiety etc.
Such a positive outcome I did not see coming.
Got to love a negative situation that is turned on its head!

Anyway - pictured above is the brooch that Miss 11 was 
commissioned to make for a mum up at school - so exciting!!x

update :: she is now teaching her teacher how to make a granny square!!


mel @ loved handmade said...

Jennie this is awesome! Gosh even I'm proud of your girl! I'm so glad she has stood her ground and being herself, that is very brave & takes great courage, good for her! x

Selina said...

I have tears now! She is one awesome kid your big girl, it's about time they all saw that too :)

Unknown said...

good on her for standing up for herself, she should just be herself, these little flowers look gorgeous, she is very clever

nz green buttons said...

That is so awesome and exactly how I want my daughter to be when she gets to that age. Arrrgh "those" girls I know them well - probably cause I was a lot like your daughter. Good on her for being strong and having a mind of her own :)

Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) said...

What a fantastic story - thank you for sharing it. :)

Kirsty said...

She's GOOD! xx

Sally said...

That is so awesome. Brilliant. What a brave daughter - she is uber cool to be so true to herself. I admire her.

Loving that shade of yellow too.

CHD said...

Simply gorgeous. I love that she is already being commissioned and teaching her friends. Cx

teddybearswednesday said...

Oh Jennie this is wonderful!! Bravo to your brave clever girl for standing up for herself and being herself ! xo

Chantal said...

What a wonderful result for her pursuing a love of craft like her Mum. So great to have that positive effect on her own confidence and socialising but also to be able to share that with others. You must feel so proud! Cx

Cat from Raspberry Rainbow said...

What a fantastic outcome Jennie!
You must be so proud of her.
I wish I lived closer to get some crochet lessons :)

Paravent said...

OMG... that is so amazing, so wonderful... you must be bursting with pride and relief all at the same time Jennie! Good on her for standing up for herself! Wonderful :) Kx

p.s. that is one fantastic crochet flower too :)

twentysixtimestwo said...

Well done Miss 11, those girls don't know what they are missing, her talent is a god given gift, and she is just like her mum, one of a kind... with such amazing creativity, inspiration and talent. It is a pleasure to know such amazing people. I have dibs on one just like the yellow brooch, infact, my daughters and I wear ours proudly, and always open for new designs.xx

Kate said...

Go your girl!!!!
What a brilliant story.
Love it. x

Sam said...

Hi, I'm just catching up on some blogs, and read your post, that is so great for your daughter and her schoolmates, awesome:)

Teacher of Miss 11 said...

Being the aforesaid teacher of Miss 11 I can say I am so proud of her and her ability to ignore those who choose to mock her. I am enjoying my little "Granny Club" (their title, not mine as they think I should be a Granny ... lol)and I just wish we had started earlier in the year. I am loving crocheting again, something I have not done since my teenage years and it's a great way to interact with the girls ... though we are aiming to get some boys to join us.

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