I have finished my trials of the monograms for the next children's class and learnt quite a few things whilst stitching them. Over at Mary Corbett's blog she has trialed the same kind of designs but on totally different fabrics and for a different audience. My samples were stitched with children and their abilities in mind. Firstly, I couldn't afford good quality linen so had to use a cheap alternative. I choose a patchwork linen which was $20 p.m. the weave was good but the finished fabric was weak and rather thin. It does come in white, beige and natural, which gives the stitcher a variety of background.
Mary used a good quality homespun on the back of hers but I found this a bit difficult for kids to stitch through. I settled on Amour Weft dress making interfacing which is iron on and gives the fabric more weight and doesn't allow shadowing of the stitching.
I did have to add another layer of white homespun under the white linen so have reserved this fabric for the volunteers who will be able to handle it.
The A5 book cover is for the beginners. I tried stitching a close confetti of seed stitch but found that it looked better spread out and the stitches a bit bigger. (I have tried to match my stitching to that of the proposed students.) The momogram can be stitched in a range of line stitches that therefore will accommodate the skills of a beginner. For the A6 book cover I used 2 strands of DMC for the monogram but only one for the embroidery. I choose simple stitches, lazy daisy, french knots and fly stitch but I am sure that the kids with more experience will come up with a design to suit themselves.
This project has to be able to be finished at the end of the 2 day class so I have simplified the making up. I have overlocked all the edges of the linen. This then only requires the end to be folded over to size, a piece of lining fabric place over this and then the top and bottom seams have to be machined, a 5 minute job. If they want to they can top stitch around the edge, as I did in the A5 version, to give a neater finish.
Big sigh of relief that I have finished that job.