Sunday, July 10, 2011

Embroidery & Beading with Kids + Kid Craft Blog Hop

Welcome to the Fun in the Summer Sun event!

Each Monday until September 7th
Mama to 4 Blessings along with Harvest Moon By Hand,
Adventures of Mommydom, Sweet Diva, and Sweet Phenomena
will be hosting Fun in the Summer Fun link up events.

Here's the line up:
1st Monday of each month: link up your "Kid-friendly summer activities"
2nd Monday of each month: link up your "Kid-friendly summer crafts"
3rd Monday of each month: link up your "Kid-friendly summer recipes"
4th Monday of each month: link up your "How to stay cool in the summer heat"


This week Sophia and Olivia did two different crafts that they enjoyed: embroidery and beading.

Sophia embroidered a pillowcase with a horse and foal design. The supplies were all ones that we had on hand: a pillowcase, embroidery floss, and an iron-on pattern. I never have used iron-on patterns, though they were something that I wanted to try after seeing the selection at Joann's.

Sophia's embroidered pillowcase.

Sophia worked during the week on the design and was very happy with how it turned out. She's 10 years old, and has being doing embroidery now for several years.

Sophia used the backstitch
to do her embroidered pillowcase.


Olivia enjoys doing arts and crafts - anything that lets her creatively express herself. She picked out a loom that can be used for both beading and cotton-floss weaving.

Olivia working on her beaded bracelet.

She chose to make a bracelet with red, white, and blue beads. I set up the loom for her; and then Olivia beaded the bracelet. She followed a graph-paper chart that I did based on a picture of a bracelet pattern she liked that came with the loom.

Olivia used a sewing needle to secure the beads
in place on the bracelet.

It took a lot of concentration and patience, but she completed the bracelet within a half a day. She's happy with it, and wants to do more beading...but not right away. "My hand needs a break. It's tired," she said.

Olivia wearing the bracelet she made.

Now it's your turn! What are some fun ideas for crafting with kids?


Curriculum for Kids said...

Lovely embroidery work. Keep it going and share your tips.

Jill said...

Your girls did a great job on their daughter is very much into beading right now, also!! =)

Sonja said...

Great projects. Olivia certainly is patients to sit and weave that beautiful bracelet.

Ticia said...

When did you start her on emboridering? I'm trying to decide when to start my kids on skills like these.

Anonymous said...

They did a wonderful job!!! Your 10y old did awesome, her hand embroidery is beautiful!!! And your youngest... lovely bracelet!!! They are 2 very talented young ladies :-).

My dd show interest when she was around 1 1/2 ...
so I hooped a piece of denim to which I snipped a few holes in, tied ribbon to a piece of a wooden clothespin (that was her neede) and she had fun embroidering ;-).
After a while she graduated to large size tapestry needle,
which are blunt. Now at 5 she still uses tapestry needles
but in smaller sizes.
Here is a link to a post I made not long ago on my
blog, just in case you want to take a peek ;-) :