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I have a talented, intelligent grandmother who enjoys fine crafts. I would like to get her something lovely to do with her this Christmas. (She wants a craft she can do with me). Does anyone have any ideas? I'd be so grateful! (She's done origami, doesn't want anything too messy....Oh, I just have no idea!)
 

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Knitting? Crocheting? Right now I'm working on a knit shawl for my grandmother in a thin alpaca on one set of needles, I have a wool hat on another, a baby afghan in acrylic on a 3rd. It's very versatile, and you can use any number of luscious fibers. If you guys don't know how to do one of them, maybe look into taking a class together? If you both know how to do one of them, find a pattern you'd both like, pick out 2 sets of yarn, and she can make yours and you can make hers.<br><br>
I know when I sit down at my grandmother's with my cross-stitch, and she with her embroidery, she just loves it. We can sit and have girl-talk while we stitch (or sometimes we both crochet). I even took her fabric and a template to ask her to embroider baby bibs last time we went up there, and she just about melted at the thought that'd I'd ask her to do that.<br><br>
Embroidery might be an option, if you get a couple pair of pillowcases or a set of flour sacking towels and some patterns (they usually iron-on), and some floss, you can pick your own colors and create something beautiful or something fun or even something funky. Depending on the project, it may be something that you guys can do together for several months.<br><br>
Cross stitch could also be an option, but I find it to be more tedious than embroidery. I can do small cross-stitch projects (like a small bib or a bookmark), but a large counted cross-stitch project would never get finished. It's also very hard on the eyes after a while.<br><br>
Heck, there's rug-hooking, rag rug (braiding or crocheting), macrame... none of them are terribly messy. Take a walk through a craft store for all sorts of ideas. If she gardens, you could even get a couple wooden birdhouses in funky styles and you can sit down together and paint them (a paper plate, a little newspaper and some brushes, acrylic paint, it's not all that dirty).<br><br>
I think it's really going to depend on where her interests lie, but hopefully I've given you an idea or two. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hmmm. I do love embroidery, and maybe since my grandma has always loved all things Asian we could do some kind of Asian embroidery together. That sounds like a good idea, Cristeen, thank you. I'll bet she'll love crocheting, too.
 
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