DD#2 came over Sunday evening to work on one of the portraits she’s making for a friend. This is the first portrait she’s made, and she has two more planned. It’s fun that my family wants to try these, too. I’ve told people that anyone can make them, not just quilters.
I was interested in seeing how DD#2 would do since she has dyslexia. I imagined there might be some issues with flipping things due to working in mirror image. I wanted to learn from her so I would be able to help other people better as well.
When DD#2 was a little girl, she had trouble learning to use a pair of scissors. People with dyslexia often have an irregular pencil grip and struggle with scissors. She learned, of course, and used them quite proficiently, but this was the first time I noticed that due to her dysgraphic tendencies, she uses her thumb and her ring finger to hold them. So, even though she could easily cut the fine details, the scissors ended up hurting her hand. I think I’m going to search for a pair of scissors with larger finger openings, but still with the small, sharp tips. I like to bring a few extra pairs of scissors to workshops for when someone doesn’t have a good pair to use.
She didn’t have much trouble cutting out the first layer or the last layer, but the main issue she had was with the middle layer. If you haven’t done the process before, that probably won’t make much sense to you, but if you’ve already made a portrait using this technique you’ll understand that it was the Number 3 layer that was the problem. For her, the lines began blurring and jumping when she had to focus on the lines between the light gray and medium gray areas. We solved that issue by using a colored pencil to color in the areas she needed to cut away. (She colored all the number 1 and 2 areas the same color so they became one unit.)
She needed a little one-on-one help when she began flipping the pieces mirror image to assemble the portrait, but she caught on very quickly and had no trouble completing the portrait on her own.
Now that we’ve pinpointed a couple of problem areas, it will be interesting to see how the next two progress. I’ll be sure to post her finished portraits.