|Embroidery Stitches for Children|
Teaching children to thread a needle if your child is right handed, (reverse for left handed), bring one end of the thread round until it meets the other thread, forming a loop and hold in your left hand. Hold tightly between your thumb and finger, insert the needle into the little loop, eye first, and pull tightly away from the thread to make the loop firmer. Push the end of the loop through the eye of the needle.
|Threading the needle|
|How to start off sewing embroidery stitches|
Tip: to weave in and out of a running stitch, use the blunt eye end of the sewing needle. This is generally slightly larger and is less likely to catch the thread already sewn accidentally, which would separate the thread strands.
Tip: to ensure the stitches on the cross stitch look even, work the thread in the same direction for each stitch
Once children have gained confidence they can try some slightly more adventurous stitching.
|Advanced Stitches for Children|
Chain stitch, fly stitch and feather stitch.
Forming embroidery stitches involves counting. It also involves anticipating where the stitch will finish before starting the row. Creating patterns can give hours of pleasure as each piece of work can be different.
Once these basic stitches have been mastered, confidence built and a willingness to experiment, the opportunities are endless.
|Children's sewing on binca canvas|
In these examples of easy embroidery stitches for children (and beginners) we have used binca because the stitches can be created uniformly due to regularity of the holes in the canvas. This helps in the understanding of spacing the stitches for when the child sews on fabric without holes.