Comments on: Needlework for Children in France http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/needlework-for-children-in-france/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:21:34 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Anna http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/needlework-for-children-in-france/comment-page-1/#comment-883321 Anna Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:28:39 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33789#comment-883321 I have been volunteering to teach embroidery in elementary school. With ten years of this experience I KNOW students grow so much when they astonish themselves by mastering a skill and making something beautiful. I have taught hundreds of third graders to embroider their own sampler. I currently have 75 third graders at work on a sampler. The principal wishes I was on the far side of the moon. She thinks it is a waste of student time and will not contribute to the raising of test scores. The teachers defiantly embrace the classes I teach because they know that embroidery the way I teach it is art, math, social studies, it teaches responsibility, focus, patience, perseverance, understanding of the rules of design. …I could go on. I live in California.

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By: Un point à temps en vaut cent | One quality, the finest. http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/needlework-for-children-in-france/comment-page-1/#comment-458589 Un point à temps en vaut cent | One quality, the finest. Sat, 27 Apr 2013 04:07:42 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33789#comment-458589 [...] Needlework for Children in France (designmom.com) [...]

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By: jet http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/needlework-for-children-in-france/comment-page-1/#comment-457342 jet Sat, 20 Apr 2013 17:48:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33789#comment-457342 Yes i embroidering often my cloths or i use those stiches for my art work , to made of it a totally differend material of it. By painting it and gluing it to become a other kind of surface on my objects.
I oftenly made embroiderings as well on my felted objects, they are often tiny shapes but i like the oposite of the both fabric bolt felting and the tiny delicated stiches of the embroidery yarn.
And yeaaah i have learned on the economical classes i had to took many years ago to uses a patch which are often embroidered as well on my cloths.LOL
I hated those lessons, but later on the art academy i was glad that i had learned it because i could try it out on a differend level and much higher.
so i still be glad that i had learned all those stiches, i have many embroidery books, not for the stiches any more but for the inspiration.
Thank you for the sharing, i love it that your children are learning this old technick as well;-D Have a fun weekend:XD;

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By: Charlotte Snyder http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/needlework-for-children-in-france/comment-page-1/#comment-457333 Charlotte Snyder Sat, 20 Apr 2013 15:06:47 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33789#comment-457333 I teach in a Waldorf school, where handwork, woodwork, and art are integrated parts of the curriculum. Knitting, crocheting, and sewing reinforce counting skills, concentration, manual dexterity, and rhythm. Moving on to embroidery and cross stitch introduces the need to design and plan a project. Sewing your own clothes in middle school makes you learn to follow instructions and work on a semester-long project. These are all skills needed in life, as well as the practical skills of sewing on a button and ironing your own clothes. The result? A young adult who has confidence in his or her own skills and an open mind to ideas.

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By: Wand. Spot the Difference http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/needlework-for-children-in-france/comment-page-1/#comment-452892 Wand. Spot the Difference Sat, 06 Apr 2013 05:19:40 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33789#comment-452892 [...] Description Find five differences between the two pictures. Good art work, relaxing effect. Instruc…>Find five differences between the two pictures. Good art work, relaxing effect. [...]

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By: Lucie-Lou http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/needlework-for-children-in-france/comment-page-1/#comment-452759 Lucie-Lou Fri, 05 Apr 2013 19:16:25 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33789#comment-452759 I am French and live in France. Sorry to make you disappointed but sewing is NOT part of the French scholarship. Well yes it used to be… in the 19th and 20th centuries !

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By: Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/needlework-for-children-in-france/comment-page-1/#comment-452548 Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes Fri, 05 Apr 2013 06:05:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33789#comment-452548 Not just France, Belgian kids get an elementary course in stitching and knitting too. Both boys and girls. I always wondered why they thought us knitting and stitching but not how to paint a wall, drill a hole in wall or how to repair a faucet.

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By: Grania http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/needlework-for-children-in-france/comment-page-1/#comment-451971 Grania Thu, 04 Apr 2013 11:49:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33789#comment-451971 I was brought up in England and Germany and in my childhood in Germany needlework was compulsory in Junior School for boys and girls (i learnt needlework, crocheting and embroidery) and compulsory for girls in high school (grammar school) up to about year 9, where I also learnt knitting, sewing basic clothes on a sewing machine, macramee, making rugs etc. etc. My friend, who was in the first coed year in an all boys school learnt knitting from my mother – in a totally different way – yes there are different ways to knit in Germany and in England! Unfortunately needlework etc. has now been abolished in many schools around the country.. My children’s school only offers it in a sort of after school club. My daughter was so keen to learn sewing on the machine – so I was happy to find a course run for Kids and/Or teens in our local Shop catering for sewers/knitters…

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By: teddie http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/needlework-for-children-in-france/comment-page-1/#comment-451830 teddie Thu, 04 Apr 2013 01:38:39 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33789#comment-451830 Teaching embroidery should be included in school. Not only does it teach life skills it improves fine motor and eye hand coordination. If your doing cross- stitch there are math skills included in counting and reading a graph. It also teaches patience ,as too many things today are instant. I was taught embroidery from my Grandma, who had me sit on a footstool near her while she taught me to embroider tea towels. She told me that I neede to learn because “this is what ladies do” I was 4 and this was in the 1050′s. I can’t see well enough to embroider much,but I LOVE to sew and my sewing room is my favorite room. ALso I have 4 sons and I taught them basics. They sewed patches on their boyscout uniforms and later their USAF and Army uniforms.

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By: Valerie http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/needlework-for-children-in-france/comment-page-1/#comment-451747 Valerie Wed, 03 Apr 2013 19:05:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33789#comment-451747 My grandmother taught me how to crochet, and my mother taught me all the basic sewing skills along with how to smock. It seems all my dresses as a little girl had smocking on them, lovely little pictures and details.

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By: Jennifer http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/needlework-for-children-in-france/comment-page-1/#comment-451717 Jennifer Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:54:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33789#comment-451717 My eight year old recently learned embroidery in art class at school. She loved it so much that she has started embroidering at home too. I had an old Klutz embroidery kit stashed away for when she might show an interest. My Mom taught me the basics when I was little and I am pleased that my daughter is following suit!

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By: The Prudent Homemaker http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/needlework-for-children-in-france/comment-page-1/#comment-451694 The Prudent Homemaker Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:46:37 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33789#comment-451694 Are the comments on this post disappearing? I’ve commented three times; one of my own plus two in response to different people. All of my comments are gone, plus I do not see the ones posted by others where I posted a reply.

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By: The Prudent Homemaker http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/needlework-for-children-in-france/comment-page-1/#comment-451691 The Prudent Homemaker Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:41:25 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33789#comment-451691 That’s hilarious!

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By: Azra http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/needlework-for-children-in-france/comment-page-1/#comment-451687 Azra Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:33:38 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33789#comment-451687 How fantastic! I really would love that schools in the US teach kids some of these life essential skills.
I have learned knitting from my grandmother and I have tried needlework when I was a little girl, but I really never had too much patience for it. These are wonderful skills to have. How lucky you are.

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By: Brittany at The 1000th Voice http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/needlework-for-children-in-france/comment-page-1/#comment-451663 Brittany at The 1000th Voice Wed, 03 Apr 2013 14:01:50 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33789#comment-451663 I love this! I wouldn’t be incredibly bothered if it were taught in US schools, but I think there’s a lot more that needs to be worked on before teaching needlework. It seems like it could be worked easily into a greater art or home ec curriculum, but with both of those curriculums already axed or on the chopping block it doesn’t seem likely.

I will definitely consider teaching DD about needlework (or having my much more accomplished mother teach her)! It seems like a great way to learn a life skill (sewing on buttons, etc), express oneself more creatively, teach confidence and teach hand-eye coordination. I think I’ll have to pick up the plastic needles and canvas and some yarn for my little one!

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By: Lauren http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/needlework-for-children-in-france/comment-page-1/#comment-451655 Lauren Wed, 03 Apr 2013 13:18:55 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33789#comment-451655 What a useful skill! I plan to teach my own children how to use a needle and thread, as I’m doubtful they will be learning it in school.
You mentioned that people learn to mend their clothing in France and keep things longer and this is something that is so important to me- I love being able to quickly stitch up a little hole in a seam and get lots more life out of an item. I just finished a blog tutorial about how I “mend” our bedsheets when the edges get frayed in order to get more use out of them, while still having pretty sheets: http://plumfieldshop.blogspot.com/2013/04/how-to-get-more-life-out-of-your-linens.html

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By: Janet http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/needlework-for-children-in-france/comment-page-1/#comment-451648 Janet Wed, 03 Apr 2013 13:08:33 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33789#comment-451648 I loved reading the embroidery article and how it is included in the french school curriculum. We lived in Australia for many years while our 5 children were growing up. They too teach needlework for boys and girls, starting in kindergarten. It is a wonderful small motor skill as well as a gentle sense of accomplishment. I loved when my 5 year old, Sebastian, would surprise me in a conversation by saying, “Mum, come look at my long stitch!” The quiet, slow, practical skill lessons are important too.

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By: Christine http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/needlework-for-children-in-france/comment-page-1/#comment-451495 Christine Wed, 03 Apr 2013 06:40:47 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33789#comment-451495 I think this is a wonderful idea! I think that it is important for people of all ages to have “quiet” skills. My children attended a Montessori school through the 8th grade and as first graders they hand stitched napkins. as they got older, they knitted and then even designed and made quilts during each of their 4th 5th and 6th grade years as gifts for the 8th grade graduates. I can go on and on about the life skills they learned, along with the idea that giving someting handmade is meaningful. When they graduated and were presented with a quilt from their younger peers, they really appreciated all of the hard work that went into them. Recently, when I was frustrated with one of my quilting projects, my 19 year old son offered to seam rip for me, he had so much experience!

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By: Jen http://www.designmom.com/2013/04/needlework-for-children-in-france/comment-page-1/#comment-451484 Jen Wed, 03 Apr 2013 05:59:25 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=33789#comment-451484 I agree, I think its great to teach needlework to young children! Such a great skill to have, improves hand-eye coordination and is a fun creative outlet. We homeschool our little ones and I taight our 5 and 6 yr old embroidery last year and and we’re working on sewing and knitting!

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