Your little one is fascinated by your needlepoint and wants to learn how to stitch. She’s too little to handle even a beginners canvas. Those cards you stitch won’t give her a chance to do “real” needlepoint, so you have a dilemma.
As you can see from the picture Sippy Cup Central came up with a wonderful idea — use fruit and vegetable bags as the basis for needlepoint. She shows you how to do it step-by-step and even shows her daughter enjoying it.
I love this idea for so many reasons. First off the holes in the bags are big, much bigger even than the largest holes in plastic canvas, so even very young stitchers can try it. It’s thrifty, so you don’t need to worry if it doesn’t work out or if the child doesn’t like it. Finally, you can use threads from your stash. The most you’ll need to buy is an embroidery hoop and some plastic needles.
About Janet M Perry
Janet Perry is the Internet's leading authority on needlepoint. She designs, teaches and writes, getting raves from her fans for her innovative techniques, extensive knowledge and generous teaching style. A leading writer of stitch guides, she blogs here and lives on an island in the northeast corner of the SF Bay with her family
Joyce Shannon says
I started my boys – aged 4 & 7 – on clear plastic canvas. They like the large holes and the fact that they could see the needle coming back at them. Less blood that way.