Yesterday my 3 year old watched me cross stitching and decided she needed to try it. She has done one project in the past – I found a plastic canvas circle and gave her the full 6 strands of DMC and a really large, blunt needle and let her have at it. They were all straight stitches, all over the place, but she had a ball. This time I figured I would teach her the real thing. My first cross stitch project was on a piece of pink gingham fabric when I was 5 years old. My mother drew large X’s in the shape of letters to spell my name, and I stitched on top of them. I actually had some pink gingham in my quilting fabric stash, so I decided to do the same thing for Adrienne. Since she is only 3 and doesn’t have the greatest coordination (or attention span for that matter), I decided just to do a letter A. I helped her with the first few stitches but then she got the hang of it.
I was right about her attention span, though. She quickly tired of it. But today she wanted to work on it again, and did much more. This is how far she has come:
Looks like we definitely have a new cross stitcher in the family!