Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Stitching Samplers in Grade 3

Step one: Learning to thread the needle and knot the yarn

Demonstrating a running stitch to form the initial

We learned that this project would be much easier if we had embroidery hoops to keep our fabric stretched.

We continued on, and it became easier each week.  We added decorative stitches with embroidery floss.

The finished products were mounted inside a folded paper with a window cut out, to disguise the rough edge of the muslin.

Samplers were first created back in the 1600's as practice for children who were learning their sewing skills.

In those days, sewing was a very valuable skill.  I think a basic knowledge of sewing is still valuable today.

Alphabet letters, numbers, and family names were often stitched into samplers

It has become a tradition to sew a sampler for a newly married couple or the birth of a child.

Or even for Mother's Day! : )

I have to admit, I was nervous about this project, but hearing the children say "Wow, I've never sewn before today!" was very motivational and I will definitely do this again next year - after I order some enbroidery hoops, that is!!!!!

1 comment:

  1. 3rd Graders are great at embroidery! They really get that it's just another way to draw. Hoops definitely will make it easier, though.


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