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Thursday, 15 August 2013

Learning To Sew Using Binca

No matter the age, binca is an excellent fabric for children to learn to sew with. Because it is an open weave fabric, the holes are already in place to push the needle though, up and down, making the use of it an easy sewing activity for children.

Binca is suitable for a large needle to pass through, which is why children's plastic sewing needles, chunky or slim, are the perfect choice for young children to sew on binca with. Older children can use a metal sewing needle with a large eye for easy threading.
Large plastic needles are ideal for young children to use as they are safe and the holes in binca are large enough for the needle to pass though. Chunky needles are great for little fingers to grip, whereas slimmer ones are more suitable for those with a little more dexterity, wishing to create a specific stitch or design on the fabric.

We think that wool, yarn or embroidery thread  make ideal threads for children to use with binca. A finer thread would not be seen too well.

The fun with binca canvas is the it can be cut easily into different sizes depending on what is suitable for the the child to hold easily.

For preschool children it can be used with an embroidery hoop, making it easier to hold, to simply enjoy the random process of creating stitches.
Binca with an Embroidery Hoop
Learning to sew with binca canvas and an embroidery hoop
Children can also draw their own design onto the fabric before they fill in with stitching. In this case it can be used very creatively with no saying what your child may choose to sew...

Child's Binca Sewing

Binca has no right or wrong side; it is the same on both sides. To start stitching, a single stitch threaded through the protruding weave on the back of the canvas, in one place (not the hole), over and over the same stitch, is enough to hold the thread in place.

To finish off the piece of work, it can be mounted behind a frame or a border can be created  by pulling out the outer line of woven thread running through the canvas. This also means it will not continue to fray by itself.
Tip: before starting sewing, ensure the first row of stitching is well away from the edge of the canvas so that there is enough edging to make the frayed edge.

As children get older they can learn specific embroidery stitches. Running stitch and cross stitch are the most simple of stitches for children to learn at first. Using plain binca initially is a great method of introducing cross stitch to children. They might progress to preprinted cross stitch kits depending on whether they like and are ready to follow a guided pattern.

Because of the regular, open weave, embroidery stitches on binca can be formed uniformly which makes it easy then to focus on the technique of the stitch rather than worrying about the size of the stitch at the same time.

And eventually they maybe able to make their own Christmas cards to give.

1st Peters Hill Girls Brigade proudly showing the cards they made

Christmas Card Sewn by Children on Binca