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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.


Third grade students finish their embroidered year

School finished for my 90 stitchers in early June.  They have been a wonderful group of enthusiastic embroiderers. Not wanting them to set off into the summer months with no embroidery projects after so much work and creativity, I did what I have been doing for the past few years.

I made up and sold kits. Keeping 90 students in expensive fabric and colorful dmc thread for a whole year of embroidery costs some serious dollars.  The school does not fund the third grade embroidery program. The funds come from the students themselves. I do not charge them for the materials. Everything, throughout the whole year is plentiful and given to them free of charge.

Towards to end of the school year I explain to them that I will be selling kits to those students who wish to continue with their embroidery when school is out for the summer.  I explain that NO ONE has to buy a kit. If they are sick of embroidery and never want to do it again that is fine. But…..if they would like to carry on, explore some different techniques and fabrics then I can help them out. I make up two different kinds of kit. One has a chart and all the materials needed to embroider the school mascot, a dolphin. The other kit contains a variety of fabrics and threads, beads and instructions on how to explore their new found art.

imageEach kits sells for $10. This year I added the bonus of a needlethreader for an extra $2.  The teachers take the orders and collect the money and I make up the kits and bring them in to the students’ classrooms. It is a huge undertaking making all the kits and my work room is awash with organized threads and fabric and sheets of instructions. This year I made about $800 selling kits to students. So the embroidery fund is looking really healthy and I can order threads and fabric for next year.

But……even better than the cash for next year’s students is the knowledge that the students this year enjoyed their embroidery so much that they wanted lots of kits to carry on.

The above picture shows one of the students who stitched his summer kits even before school finished! This student arrived in third grade with no English. ….but he has many skills as you can see.