Teaching Kids to Cross-Stitch

December 20, 2007 at 4:54 pm


This morning, I wanted to teach my daughter to cross-stitch.  I had bought her a tiny little ornament kids for her birthday that says “Princess”.  We stayed in our pjs, cuddled in my bed, and learned basic patterned stitching.

She is ready for real canvas, some knots, snags, and is prepared for the PATIENCE it takes with it.  She wasn’t ready a year ago!  I honestly think it takes repeat exposure to prepare them…like riding a bike. 

For kids learning, you might want to collect:

  • a small hoop (keeps their stitches uniform and the fabric more clean and starched)
  • a water-erasing fabric pen, so that you can mark fabric for them (unless you want to sit and count squares for them all day!).
  • a highlighter, to mark parts of the paper pattern they have finished
  • (NO thimble is needed at this age).
  • Tape, for the edges of the fabric– clear or masking tape– to keep the canvas from unraveling and getting dirty
  • a magnetic pin holder,
  • Zip lock project back.  KEEP scissors and needle and thread in after EACH use (we’re still working on this!). 
  • For preschoolers:  plastic canvas, XL plastic or metal “needles” (no point at all on those) available in kids at the dollar store often.  These start with a “half-cross” only pattern, so they can learn it with some help.

Kid Review:

“This is fun!”

“It’s fun to do something all together, the same thing at the same time!”

“I like this!”

I think it was a hit. 

As I helped them, I was able to actually finish up a few projects I’d started in high school and in college that had been left to sit through the years.  My husband’s wanted some of my finished pieces in our house, so I thought I’d try to get them washed and started and framed for Christmas.

Bookmarks:  I did these in college for Christmas gifts from a library book.  I just wouldn’t give one away until I made a new one from the pattern of the last.  One more of those to go.  It will be my last.

The other two larger pieces, I did as a teen, but never finished them totally.  I needed to finished border and details on both, initialed and dated them…they represent a blend of early and late skills.  Those things have touched my hands over twenty years!

One says:  “Pray:  that God may open a door, that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ!”

The other says:  “Be anxious for nothing”.   

I have a pattern book with some trucks and tractors on it, hoping I can teach my eldest, too.  Basic sewing skills are so helpful to have.  I’m glad mom fought with us and our knots through winters as she tried to sew herself.  What a challenge!

Misty and her girls dropped by for a few minutes today for a visit…we were in flannels.  I asked, “Where’s the baby?”  She answered, “Um, still in my belly.  He’s still pretty easy to carry.”  I don’t know what I was thinking.  I’ve had three so long, I assume everyone else does, too!  I can’t believe Zoe is getting so big!  Time for another baby for them!!!  I can’t wait!

Plans:  for the rest of this day:  cleaning bathrooms and floors, unstopping the toilet,  laundry, supper, and making Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls. 

Tomorrow:  finishing up shopping, Hub’s work party, wrapping, and housework. 

And…I’ve resolved to do fun stuff with my kids EVERY DAY!  Tomorrow, Hub’s party, and hopefully a game or puzzle.  Mexican Train is calling my name!

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