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In a message dated 7/28/00 3:27:08 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> I'm putting together my lesson plans for the upcoming year, and am trying
> to think of ideas using burlap.
I have used burlap to teach a lesson in fiber arts and embroidery. Mexican
clothing as well as so many other countries do it. I teach basic stitches to
the younger ones...like the running stitch, French knots, satin stitch. Try
to get a basic book at a craft or fabric store, or anywhere they sell
I have them do planning of a design, animal, or whatever first on paper.
White chalk pencils are used to transfer their idea. They plan their own
colors and we use rug yarn. Older kids can be taught more involved stitches
and use more of a variety of fiber. Due to the coarseness of burlap, finer
embroidery thread is not suitable.
To secure the edges from raveling, I have them pull border threads, before
embroidering. You can use Fray-Check (get it at a craft store) to keep from
Burlap can also be painted....
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