Monday, May 5, 2014


I have a framed old sewing sampler.  This particular old sampler was done by a seven year old girl.  The sampler is composed of a series of practice stitches, and embroidery numerals and letters.  A close inspection of this old sampler reveals a progression of stitches that get better as they're done.  Since I teach some folks to whittle, I thought why not have the learners create their own knife cut samplers, that include some of the basic knife cuts.  I have the learners do this prior to actually whittling an identifiable object.  I think this exercise removes some of the learners "fear" of making cuts on a project.  This way they can practice before whittling the actual piece.
This sampler is for the 5 Minute Wizard.

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