Instead of bored children over the holiday period we enable them, give them a skill, even a few pence for their effort. CHILD LABOUR! I love it…I can even see the campaign banner: “MOTHERS FOR EXPLOITATION, TRAIN ‘EM UP, TAME ‘EM UP!”

Today Tom sewed all the labels on to my Loopy Leasachs and six sets of rabbit legs.

Tom sewing Rabbit legs!
Tom sewing rabbit legs!
and labels.

A little more training and he’ll be on to zips and chicken legs and 20p an hour if he’s lucky.

What? Did I hear you mention social services?

And apart from training my small child to be useful I made up a Miss Sew n sew sofa back for the sofa workshop, rushed to the post office to send it super quick to the upholsterer and was given my first row from David the post man for being scatty and arriving late! I’m feeling very sheepish now because David normally has the patience of mother Teresa on Valium.

Flowers on linen, to be appliqued!
Flowers on linen, to be appliqued!
Appliqueing the flowers on whilst stuffing yards of fabric through the sewing machine.
Appliqueing the flowers on whilst stuffing yards of fabric through the sewing machine.

And as for the weather…everything from sun to hail to horizontal rain. But look at the spectacular seascape it created.

Posted by:mogwaii

Born: 13th March 1969 in Edinburgh Star sign: Pisces Where do I live? An beautiful island called Lismore Who with? I live with my gorgeous man - Yorick, and my beautiful boys Ruben (currently 14) and Tom (10) and we also have cat poppy, cat Bashy and cat Spyro. What do I do there? Water veggies in the polytunnel, loads of mopping up, picking up clothes, cooking and washing dishes. The rest of the time I'm in a blissfull state in my studio making things out of wool and designing the next must have (in my head!) and a lot of cycling to and fro My favourite Books: Right now...empowerment books like "The power of now" and "The Secret", but also John Fowles "The Magus" and "The kite runner" and I love the "Tao of Poo" My Favourite films: Babettes feast, Wings of desire and The colour of Pomegranites. My favourite music: Bach cello suites for designing, Dolly parton for making (especially her album Little Sparrow), Teddy Thompson and loads of other stuff! What did I do before moving to Lismore? * Went to school in Edinburgh (South Morningside primary then St. Mary's music school and then George Watson's) * Went to Brazil for a year, fell in love, learnt Portuguese and spun a lot of wool * Studied foundation in visual arts in Manchester poly and then went on to study BA Hons in textiles at Goldsmith's college * Made felt hats, sold them at Camden market and then eventualy Liberties and had Ruben in the midst of it all - moved to Pathhead * Tom came along and I stopped making hats. sung lots of Jazz, taught Brazilian and samba singing, recorded an album and started singing with La Boum * Tom went to school and I set up Mogwaii * Moved here in 2006 There you go!! xx Sarah (from left) Ruben, me and Tom (from left) Ruben, me and Tom

3 replies on “Child labour! What a great idea.

  1. Just found your shop on Etsy and added you to my favourites. I was looking for a little hare and your lovely Hamish appeared in the list.

    Loving your site. Your work is gorgeous. My son is too young at 6 to help me sew amigurumi as yet, but I’m hoping to get some exploitation in before he’s too much older.

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