After last weeks fun of learning how to needlepoint the kids are eager for more stitching lessons. Even the boys are into it!
This week I am teaching the children how to cross stitch. Our first lesson I had them do practice stitching. They definitely seemed to be able to pick it up. I just had them do practice stitches using DMC Mentor Kits – cute little kits that DMC makes that has everything you need to complete your cross stitch project. Aida fabric, needle, embroidery floss, instructions and a chart. DMC Mentors can register here on the DMC website to become a DMC Mentor and get access to free cross stitch and embroidery designs, free tutorials and resources, and get a DMC welcome kit which includes Mentor cross stitch kits so you can hold a cross stitch class of your own and have all the supplies you need. In the welcome kit you also receive mentor business cards, an official DMC Mentor pin and more. We don’t joke around, were getting the world to stitch tackling each country one at a time. I also broke out the Plaid kits called “My First Stitch” great little kits that include cute designs, a plastic embroidery hoop, thread needle and a chart. All were a hit and the kids loved it.
I taught the kids how to find the center of their fabrics, stitch rows of cross stitches, start their threads and end their threads. Today I showed them how to actually read a cross stitch chart, how to find the center of the design, each square represents a stitch, each symbol represents a color of thread. Most of them caught on really quickly, while some struggled. In the end they all seemed to get the hang of it. It warms my heart when I left the orphanage tonight to steal away to an internet café and I see them in circles stitching away and chatting happily.