This was Tabs' first project:
Yup, a red and purple stuffed snail!
Now, this isn't "real" embroidery where you do a back stitch sort of thing and make it look super nice and filled in. I simply had her come up with the needle and go down nearby and come back up next to that. Hey, she's only 6! I think she did really well for a 6-year old. I'm sure when she's more like 8-10 we can work on "real" embroidery.
Sewing, sewing, sewing.
She earned this embroidery hoop by doing all her chores and schoolwork for several days with a good attitude. You should be able to see that I drew in the snail with pencil on a scrap of muslin I had lying around and then put it in the hoop. I then did this with the needle and thread:
Can you see how it's one piece of thread doubled over with the needle on one end and a knot on the other end? If I just string the needle on the thread with a tail coming out the other side, then she can't stop the needle from sliding off the tail. This way the needle can't come off until I cut the thread for her.
Here's a side view of it now that it's made into a stuffed animal.
She's quite proud of her creation!
So, with the snail under her belt she decided to make a present for Mimi for her recent birthday. It was to be a small teddy bear for Mimi's doll. Below you can see the stitching all done (I helped with the bow).
Here it is all sewn together.
And now he's stuffed and ready to be given to Mimi!
Here is the happy doll with her new teddy.
And the happy, silly birthday girl with the teddy:
I think it was a big hit!
So, now that Tabs is an "expert" in embroidery she's going to make the little stuffed car for her brother, as I wrote before. As I already had all the thread and fabric on hand these are free gifts. The only cost is putting in the time and effort- which makes the best kind of gift!
Here's another snail Mimi was going to make, but decided she wasn't interested in, so I finished it:
I'm sure with a quick google search you can find loads of places that will teach you how to do real embroidery, so I won't bother. Besides, I've never done any real embroidery in my life! ( : One of these days...