I am really excited to share this lesson! This was a new lesson I came up with this year to incorporate embroidery and textile art. The kids really enjoyed it-even the boys!
The first step is to teach kids some easy, basic embroidery stitches. I gathered 15 kids around a table with me and we learned our stitches together like an old fashioned Quilting bee-priceless! The friendship, rapport and conversation that emerges with this activity is amazing in itself. Something about sitting and stitching together really worked well with middle schoolers. They chit chatted and stitched and helped each other with their stitches, knots, needle threading and tangles when I couldn't get to them fast enough. They really enjoyed this time together. Once the stitches had been taught and practiced on a piece of felt, it was time to take a break and paint. The variety of mediums and activities really make this fun for the kids.
Simple colorful painted images where created, re-drawn onto the burlap and painted.
Once dry, I required the students to use at least four of the stitches they learned to embellish and decorate their paintings. Sequins, beads and buttons also could be added at the end. The boys especially expressed appreciation for learning how to sew on a button because I taught them a useful life skill.
This product includes: Detailed lesson plan, rubric, subject matter idea sheet, 7 basic embroidery stitches hand out, embroidery stitch instructions handout, photos of the felt samplers and finished project example. Also a step-by-step handout for kids that are absent to help you quickly summarize what a student missed or to give to a sub.
These projects came out so cute!!!! I was so proud to send students home with such a beautiful and unique keepsake!
If you want to do this with a larger class, have half of your class work on a grid drawing or pattern drawing for 3 days to keep them busy ( fun but easy enough that they wont need your help much) while you help the first group and then switch so you can teach the other half of the class their stitches. This would add another 3 days to the project duration but it would make this manageable with big groups. This project could be graded many ways. I included a rubric to use if you want to just give one grade for everything . 2 separate grades could be given for the stitchery practice and application and then the painting and design if so desired.
Many thanks to my intern Asmahan for re-igniting my interest in embroidery with her embroidered fish lesson! It's led me and my students onto a delightful path!!