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Kids’ Embroidery Project Photos

 

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The children’s embroidery classes I’m teaching are progressing pretty well! I thought I’d share some photos of what the kids are up to with their embroidery projects.

This embroidery class has children from age 9 – 13 in it. They’re working on embroidered notebook covers right now. They’ll be doing the finishing touches on them through next Monday, which will be our last class on the notebook covers. Then we’re going to work on little draw-string bags.

The embroidered notebook covers are made out of 100% wool felt in various colors. The thread they’re using is #5 perle cotton. The covers will fit on the Mead brand “fat little” notebooks.

I can’t include all the photos in one article (I’ve got 30 from today’s class alone!), so I’ll split them up here and there… but I thought you’d be interested to see what little kids can produce when they’re having fun with needle and thread and a little imagination!

Children's Embroidery Projects: Notebook Cover

I love the little watermelon slice worked in stem stitch and french knots. The round item to the right of the watermelon is working into a straw hat with a ribbon on the band. The hat and the watermelon are sitting on a table covered with a table cloth (backstitched). On the back of the notebook cover, she’s embroidering a bird cage in chain stitch and back stitch. She just started adding some beads down the “spine” of the book cover, along the chain stitched wavy line.

Children's Embroidery Projects: Notebook Cover

Here’s a big butterfly! The outline is chain stitch, and it’s filled with white French knots, with buttonhole wheels at the base of the wings. The body is worked in a whipped running stitch. There are bunches of grapes next to the butterfly, as well as some backstitched hearts.

Children's Embroidery Projects: Notebook Cover

This is a sunny little scene on a flowery hill. She’s still working in the rays of the sun, and adding little beads among the grass and flowers.

Children's Embroidery Projects: Notebook Cover

This is the same book cover, only the back, with a little embroidered flower and a bee trail. The bee’s coming…

Children's Embroidery Projects: Notebook Cover

Here’s a chick and a barn and a fish! I love the barn in the background – she’s working on the roof of it now.

Children's Embroidery Projects: Notebook Cover

And here’s a close-up on that happy fish, which is outlined in chain stitch and the scales are embroidered in long straight stitches in two colors.

Children's Embroidery Projects: Notebook Cover

I love all the buggy critters and flowers on this one! I also like the squared off patchwork pattern, which is worked in different colors in chain stitch.

Children's Embroidery Projects: Notebook Cover

There’s the front up close. The center picture is a dancing bug.

Children's Embroidery Projects: Notebook Cover

And here’s the little caterpillar and bug on the back. The caterpillar is worked in buttonhole stitch and laced running stitch.

Children's Embroidery Projects: Notebook Cover

Here’s a lion and a kangaroo. These are both iron-on transfer patterns, which work really well on felt. The stitching is really well done – and I think she’s the youngest girl in the class!

Children's Embroidery Projects: Notebook Cover

Here’s the lion up close – worked in backstitch. The flowers are clusters of lazy daisy and French knots.

Children's Embroidery Projects: Notebook Cover

And here’s the kangaroo up close, worked in whipped running stitch. The band at the base is double chain stitch.

So far, so good! The kids are doing a great job on their projects! I’m excited to see them complete the book covers! Next up, is a drawstring bag, using regular embroidery floss. That will take only 3 weeks (meeting each class once a week), and then the summer will be over! *SIGH*

 
 

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  1. Mary, thanks so much for posting the kids’ work. I’m sure glad that they have someone like you to teach them how to express themselves with a needle and thread.

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  2. These are wonderful – thanks for sharing your work and theirs. I’m teaching a clay camp this summer – teaching kids for the first time. It’s a pleasure to see them create. You’ve inspired me to take some photos to capture their process.

    ~Michell

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  3. I’ve enjoyed reading about the children’s progress – their work looks wonderful. They must be feeling very proud.

    I learned to embroider when I was a kid in the 70’s but I must admit, it was ladies in crinoline? dresses and bonnets – nothing as cool as these lovely vibrant naive designs.

    Nice work!

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