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Funding our Embroidery at El Granada.

A display of the students’ finished mini samplers
Every student designed and stitched their own birth sampler. They added symbols and chose colors. Casey loves DMC 996. Electric blue.

We have been embroidering since October. There are 90 students who can now thread a needle, make stitches, and follow a complicated chart. They can center a design, design lettering, choose colors, balance their colors and motifs. They are totally amazing.  They have been able to do this with the best materials on the market. If they are going to take all their time and energy and effort and put it into the fabric and thread and make something which can last a hundred years,  we need to have the best…only the best. So who pays for all this? 90 students all stitching projects from October to June. That’s a lot of thread and fabric.

No, we do not ask the students for $10 at the beginning of the year. No the PTA does not pay for it. No, the teacher does not pay for it out of the stipend. No, I do not pay for it.

It is paid for by the students’ enthusiasm for what they have learned and their desire to do more of it. I have designed a sampler which features a dolphin, the school symbol, it has a space at the bottom for the student to personalize it.

I take orders for kits. So that the students can carry on with their stitching at the end of school they can…..if they want to….purchase a kit form me. Each kit is $10 and $2 for a needlethreader if they want one.  I packed 90 kits…..The students were so thrilled by their skill and their ability to embroider they did not want to stop at the end of third grade. So now the stitching fund,  which has its own B of A account,  is the richer for $900. I have been able to purchase all the fabric and threads I need to teach next year’s third grade.

And because this post is very late….we have already started this year in third grade at El Granada Elementary School. Threads and fabric purchased are in the classrooms and being used and enjoyed by a new group of eager eyed embroiderers.


All 90 students can embroider

imageWe started late for a holiday project…no one wants to be stitching Christmas trees in January…definitely not me. So there was some pressure from the outset. High pressure embroidery seems like an oxymoron…however we were successful.

The Pineapple Express.. the huge storm that blew in off the Pacific two weeks before the end of school, was a great help. Rainy Day recesses are a bonus to the school embroidery project. In sunny California they are pretty rare…but we had a few days there where playing outside was not possible…so the embroidery benefitted.

It is always a miracle to me no matter how many years image image image imagethat I have done this…that I can go into a class of third graders who have never threaded a needle before and within a month they are threading needles, making stitches, following a pattern, transferring from paper to fabric, focusing long enough to be successful, dealing with errors, dealing with the inevitable knots, following my instructions and reveling in the growing embroidery under their fingertips.

Their pride of achievement is palpable. It is clear that some of the students can hardly believe what they have done. It is a huge feeling for them. It has nothing to do with how good your English is ( many of the students have English as a second language…and some no English at all). It has nothing to do with how smart you are, it has nothing to do with how well you can read, or how good you are at math. Embroidery in the classroom is a great leveler. It allows students to shine who shine at nothing else.