Stitching for Kids Tips

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How do I keep kids from poking themselves with the needle?

Plastic Needles

Plastic needles will help little stitchers learn cross stitch safely. They are less likely to be lost or accidentally stab a finger.

   
How do I teach children to cross stitch?

Plastic Canvas to Start

Plastic canvas is a good teaching tool for youngsters. It is larger and easier to work with. After some experience and success with this medium they will be ready for Aida and embroidery floss.

   
How do I teach children to cross stitch?

Teaching Kids

Not all children will take to cross stitching the same way. Some children will lose interest quickly in this quiet hobby, but hopefully will decide to pick it up again when they are older and have longer attention spans.

   
How do I teach children to cross stitch?

Stamped Cross Stitch

Stamped cross stitch will be easier for youngsters to follow than a charted cross stitch pattern. A stamped pattern will not require counting and will result in fewer beginner's mistakes and frustration.

   
How do I keep kids from poking themselves with the needle?

Protect Their Fingers!

Give your young stitcher a leather or rubber thimble or two for their fingers. It's easy to poke yourself with a needle when learning!

   
What makes a good project for a young stitcher?

Stamped Patterns Are Easiest

Instead of counted cross-stitch, try a kit with a stamped pattern on the fabric. This will be easier for new stitchers to follow.

   
What makes a good project for a young stitcher?

Start Small

Choose a small or "sampler" pattern for a young stitcher. Keeping it small and simple (less than 4 colors) will help them learn without getting frustrated.

   
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