I have done the stitching project many times. What I
like best for middle school age kids is oak tag or
card stock and thick thread. They create their design
using angles. Then they glue it on the back of the oak
tag. I usually have them create two of the same, one
with the lines drawn and one with just the rays and
points on the rays. That way they can see what it
should look like on the front anyway. I have xeroxed
they design before they draw the lines on it, it's
easier for them.
After the glue dries, they use a push pin and poke
holes in all their dots or points on the ray of the
angle. Then they use a blunt head needle and sew the
lines in. Make sure they know that the back should be
mostly short dashed lines and the front the long
lines. I have some patterns, but I can't get in my
room for a while. However, I googled "line designs"
and got some more patterns and ideas. It is much
easier than pounding nails and usually comes out ok.
P.S. You have to make sure they know how to tie a
double knot, too. It is loads of fun. Good luck.
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> I have been a lurker for several years and must take
> opportunity to thank this community for all of the
> and practical help I have received over the years.
> This group
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> I am planning to do authentic tin-punch projects at
> a sleep
> away camp this summer. Can anyone offer advice on
> doing this
> with 5th- 9th graders, suppliers of inexpensive tin
> (in the US), safety precautions, how long to budget
> for the
> I would also like to do a curve stitching project
> (on wood
> with nails) and would love any general
> advice/experience you
> may have.
> Many thanks in advance,
> K-6 art teacher
> Jerusalem American International School
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