Needlepoint can be a great way for children to build hand-eye coordination. When first starting to teach a child how to do needlepoint, consider creating a pattern for them to follow to ensure that they are interested in the embroidery that they create. The following guide walks you through a quick and easy way to help your child learn how to do Christmas embroidery on their own.
Start with a Plastic Guide
When your child starts to learn how to do needlepoint, it will be hard for them to hold a piece of fabric and use the needle at the same time. It is best to start with a small plastic guide that is sold for them to use at first. When you go to the craft store, in the needlepoint section there will be small round, square, or even rectangular plastic guides that have small squares created into them. There are also plastic needles available that your child will be able to use to go through the squares in the plastic guides.
Create a Design for Your Child to Follow
Lay the guide down flat on a table and use permanent markers to draw a design onto the guide. The child will be able to use the design that you created to know where to put each color of the yarn that they will be using for their needlepoint. It is best to use a very basic design so that your child does not get frustrated or overwhelmed. A balloon, cartoon fish, or even just a letter are all great options to use when your child is first learning to needlepoint.
Help Your Child Learn the Proper Techniques
There are many different types of stitches that your child can use when learning embroidery. It is best to start with a simple X-stitch when first teaching your children so that they can learn how to do embroidery in a basic way that is easy for them to understand. Be very encouraging with your child so that they are motivated to keep going until they are finished.
Once they completely finish the design, you can hang it in their room for them to look at and show off with pride. Once they have the basic concepts down, they will be ready to move on to kits that use fabric and real needles to create unique pieces of embroidery. This can help to build their hand-eye coordination and help them to learn a skill that they can use for life.