Monday, September 5, 2011
Teaching your child to embroider
My daughter's first introduction to embroidery has always been watching me. As a young child, she would sit next to me and watch me stitch. I would allow her to choose colors for my piece on occassion and I would also use her drawings as embroidery patterns from time to time to make her feel like she was part of the process. In fact, my daughter and I appeared on an episode of When Creativity Knocks to share our technique for transferring her artwork onto fabric. You can watch it here.
Once we learn a bit more about needle safety, I will graduate her to the materials I use. I'm so excited for her and I'm pleased that we found a system that allowed her to safely learn this traditional craft. As she mastered each step her confidence has grown.
So, if you have a little one who wants to embroider, you may want to try this step-up system. There are no specific age guidelines for going through the steps, simply keep watch your child and their abilities and enjoy the process. Stitch safely!