Where did the idea of a Stitched Easter Egg come from? I was taught how to cross stitch by my Mom when I was young. I started with small easy projects and progressed to large ballet themed pictures with MANY colors and details.
I thought my Little Chefs were ready to begin learning this skill. Easter Eggs are so fun to decorate because there are no limitations. We decided to learn how to do a few simple stitches on egg shaped plastic canvas’.
- plastic canvas
- plastic canvas needles
- yarn – variety of colors all your choice
- Cut out egg shapes from the plastic canvas. You choose the size you would like to make.
- Cut a piece of yarn to about 18″. Anything longer was too hard for the Little Chefs to keep under control. Thread a needle making sure to knot one end. I found it easier to have 4 different colors and 4 needles. I make sure everything was available for them to grab and go. Crafting with kids is all about efficiency!
- Choose the stitch you want to create. I made an egg with the 3 different stitches and variations. They were able to point to the one they wanted to create, then I showed them how to execute that stitch. Once Little Chef A learned how to do her first stitch she was able to replicate the other stitches just by looking at my example. Little Chef C needed more instruction. Little Chef D needed my undivided attention.
- It is best to stitch one row at a time. Little Chefs are not able to design the entire egg before starting. One row at a time is perfect. They will need help knotting the end of each row before cutting the yarn.
- When the entire egg is completed let them sit back and enjoy their success making a Stitched Easter Egg while learning a few stitches!