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!
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.
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.
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.
This is the same book cover, only the back, with a little embroidered flower and a bee trail. The bee’s coming…
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.
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.
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.
There’s the front up close. The center picture is a dancing bug.
And here’s the little caterpillar and bug on the back. The caterpillar is worked in buttonhole stitch and laced running stitch.
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!
Here’s the lion up close – worked in backstitch. The flowers are clusters of lazy daisy and French knots.
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*