Monday, October 17, 2011

Burlap Embroidery - (4th)

Love this project with fourth graders. We complete it before Christmas since many students enjoy using their art as gifts.
They all learn the back stitch and satin. I teach a few other
stitches to individual students depending on time and 
their design.

I set out cardboard patterns for students to trace on the burlap with white chalk. There was a time I did not use patterns and drawing the pictures proved to be frustrating for the students. The drawings were never big enough or fit a circle shape very well.

I told the class how children their age stitched samplers long ago, way before TV, sports, computer games. We viewed a number of them on the internet. Most of the antique samples had dates stitched on.

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