Activity:

Metal Cloth Embroidery Art

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What You Need:

  • Metal screen with 1/4" mesh, cut into a 6" x 6" square
  • Yarn in a variety of colors, cut to the length of your child's arm
  • Scissors
  • Plastic, blunt yarn needle
  • Paper tape

What You Do:

  1. Use the paper tape to tape the sharp edges of the square metal screen to prevent poking little fingers.
  2. Show your child how to thread the yarn through the needle and how to embroider the metal by pushing the needle in and out of the mesh holes.
  3. Encourage your child to create patterns, or images using specific colors.
  4. Help her to tie off the end of the yarn in a knot when she is finished with a color. Alternatively, you can help her tape it to the back of the mesh.

Helpful Hint: For more texture, she can thread beads onto the yarn and use them in her embroidery!

Helpful Tip: If you don't wish to use a needle, you can just tape the end of each piece of yarn so it can easily be threaded in and out of the mesh squares.

To create textural complexity, try threading beads onto the yarn while stitching or attaching feathers, bits of paper, or confetti to the finished design. You can also vary the yarn with lengths of ribbon or lace for a truly unique work of art.

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