This is my favorite gift to receive! The following post was first published in 2008 and refers to the embroidery at the bottom of the page. I apologize that most of the in-the-process shots have been lost over time! ~ Lori
Our children like to embroider their drawings. The following was created by our eldest daughter (the ballerina) when she was 8 years old. Just this week she created another one (she is now 10).
First, draw a picture. Our ballerina (8) drew a picture of her new kitten. She drew it left-handed, even though she is a righty, because her right elbow is broken and in a cast right now. Pretty good, considering all that!
Transfer the design onto any fabric of your choice. Denim, broadcloth, linen, cross-stitching Aida cloth, burlap, silk, etc. For the child's first time, choose a cloth that is light-weight (eg. not denim this time) so the child can insert the needle easily. Our ballerina transferred her design onto a piece of pink linen purchased at the needlework store.
There are several options for transferring a design. One idea is to just have the child draw on the fabric in the first place. If they drew on paper, you might use a transfer pencil, use some kind of transfer paper, or simply do what we did: put the drawing under the fabric and copy it with a fine-point Sharpie (see Step 4 to view the results) or a pencil.
Choose your thread. On burlap or plastic canvas, use yarn. On the other fabric choices, use perle cotton thread or embroidery thread. We used DMC cotton embroidery thread.
For the needle, use a chenille needle or a tapestry needle. You may also use a plastic child's needle.
- Leave the project in a wooden embroidery frame, such as above, and hang it on the wall
- Mat and frame the embroidery (there's a huge debate amongst needleworkers as to whether or not you should use glass in the frame – you choose)
- Turn the artwork into a small pillow
- Use it as a stool cover
- Turn one or several of them into a child's apron, like Wee Wonderfuls did in this post.
- what else? add your ideas to the comments.
Our ballerina's finished design (which turned freakishly purple when photographed in the shadow of a blue door)….
was turned into a pillowcase.
See my post, Sunday School Lesson in Embroidery for more on this beautiful memory craft.