Sometimes it’s nice to do something indoors, especially in the afternoons when it’s really hot. With cool crafts in mind (that don’t require too much clean up) we’ve been doing a little more embroidery.

For Carter we use card, I draw the shapes and punch the holes and he is away:

Carter sewing 6 DSC_Carter sewing 2 He sews diligently until it’s done, and there are not too many tangles… although it seems a sensible pic is out of the question!

Carter sewing 3And Maia requested a bird so we used calico and an embroidery hoop, I drew a bird which she back stitched on beautifully.Maia birdI was really impressed with how quickly she has progressed to small stitches. She’s come a long way since the first effort. This one has been made into a little pillow too 🙂Maia's embroidery birdHere they are together (these photos were taken to send to show the Nanas). Carter being an idiot looks remarkably like the face on his star….that photo’s just there to give you a giggle 🙂Sewing collageSo what should we progress to? cross stitch, or long stitch?  I confess to never embroidering anything in my childhood (and very little as an adult)! Any suggestions gratefully received.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend ♥ Janette x x

27 thoughts on “Embroidery

  1. sandra dorey says:

    Brilliant! Thank you for visiting my blog and ‘liking’ my latest post! I love this post – I think my grandchildren will enjoy the sewing through paper – thank you for the inspiration – you have another follower!


  2. gentlestitches says:

    The children have made very beautiful and clever pieces. I began embroidering at 9 yrs old. I think I enjoyed “embellishment” best. Where you put a small picture or design on something you already have. The star and bird would look great on just about anything.


      • Linne says:

        I like this idea, too. If the embroidery were done on a square of cloth, it could later be trimmed and applied to a jacket, dress, jeans, whatever; or even made into a pocket for something that doesn’t have any. No end to ideas, is there? ~ Linne


  3. netheranne says:

    Considering the creativity of your children, the cross stitch might be a bit boring? Can I give a suggestion? I would suggest to search on Pinterest for kids embroidery projects. One that I saw was embroidering the edges of a postcard. Nice surprise for the receiver.
    By the way, it’s raining here, the snow is slowly melting away. Can’t wait for spring to come!


  4. Rebecca Humphries says:

    I had my daughter draw with fabric paint, then to be framed or made into a square for a quilt.
    I remember as a child with the tiny loom square you can buy to make a pot holder with the many fabric loops it comes with. I remember it being so fun. Beaded stretchy bracelet, macaroni necklace, small cardboard loom are a few more I can think of.


  5. Melinda says:

    I learned how to cross stitch when I was seven. I still cherish those early examples and my daughter (now almost 6-yr old) ohhs and ahhhs at them 🙂 She’s gotten very good at embroidery so we’re not far from trying more complicated stitches soon. I’m excited to see what you all progress to!


  6. livingsimplyfree says:

    How fun! I started my grand children out with plastic canvas and let them get used to using a needle with yarn, but quickly they began to use thread on fabric with a hoop, cross stitch is where I am going to go with them next as it’s something I do and they like to imitate me whenever possible.


  7. Linne says:

    My Mum taught me to embroider when I was nine, but she started me out before I went to school by punching holes in Quaker Oats cardboard boxes (she cut the big side off first), then letting me ‘sew’ around it with a darning needle and yarn or heavy string. Wish I still had a couple of those! The embroidery I did first was a sampler; the design was in the shape of a tree and each row was a different sort of stitch (they were simplest at the top). A couple of years ago Mum surprised me; she had saved my work all these years and finally gave it to me to have! I was so grateful!! It was not quite finished (a life-long challenge, as I start projects, then get distracted by a new one or have to put things in storage or whatever; then I can’t stand having nothing to do, so I start another one!); Mum thought I should finish it, but I am going to frame it as is. I am thinking of making a duplicate to frame so I can see the progress (if any) in my work. Anyway, long story short, I was thinking you might like to draw a simple sampler for your daughter and then frame it for her when she is done. It’s a great way to learn different stitches without becoming bored. There are lots of images of samplers on the ‘net, from easy to quite complex. Whatever you do, have fun, though; I love that your kids are learning handsewing and embroidery; there are times when I worry that all the old arts will die out, but I guess not! ~ Linne


    • Janette says:

      What a lovely story, I bet you are so pleased that your Mum saved your embroidery! A sampler is a good idea, I’ll have a look around the internet for some ideas. Jxx


      • Linne says:

        Thanks, Janette. I was thinking that another idea would be to use one of their drawings as the pattern (copied onto the fabric, of course. That would make an interesting quilt square or ten . . . ~ Linne


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