Local Heart, Global Soul

March 26, 2010

Teaching Kids to Stitch: Blanket Stitch.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’m going to be teaching our Scouting Group kids to embroider.

I have bought some Aida fabric for them to get started on and was about to whizz around the pieces with the sewing machine poised on Zig Zag to hem them neatly, when I thought.. hey this is stupid!

What kids need most is  to practice their hand stitching!

And what better practice can you get than with the very versatile Blanket Stitch?

Lesson One…  Blanket stitching the outside of our fabric to hem it and stop it from fraying.  Blanket Stitch is an easy to learn stitch with simple variations can easily be adapted to decorative as well as purely functional uses.

I keep a small ring-binder folder, where over the years I have stored sketches I have made, fabric samples stitched and many notes about stitch variations etc.

In this way I can keep all my “inspirations and practices” in one place and also make notes about things I tried that didn’t work so well.

It doesn’t matter how arty or how sketchy your notes in your notebook are, the main thing is that your notebook  it makes sense to you and that you can build up a small stash of your ideas, samples and  practice pieces.

So… here is my sketch page for Blanket Stitch, and then my sample piece to show the Scouts.  Daughter is starting to hem her piece of fabric as well. Here are the photos of the start of our stitching  journey…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The fabric is edged…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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