Sewing in homemaking education aims to nurture technical and creative ability
of children. Design of original handicrafts requires the construction of an
appropriate 2D pattern, but this is very difficult for children and this restricts
them to use off-the-shelf 2D patterns only. Many schools have introduced CAI
(Computer Assisted Instruction) today, but they are not useful for learning
creative ability because they are merely used to show images and movies. We
therefore developed handicrafts design support systems for novices to design
their own original handmade crafts. This paper examines the requirements
these systems should satisfy to be used as digital education tools in homemaking
education. We successfully demonstrated in workshops and user studies
that children can design original handicrafts using our design support systems.
These case studies show that homemaking classes can teach creative ability, fun
of sewing, and versatility of computers.
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