Use of Needlework Cards


Material Description:

Stage 1

Square cards made of thick cardboard with a variety of lines indicated (horizontal, vertical, diagonal) with holes drilled along the lines at approximately 1/2 inch apart and a blunt needle with doubled thick thread or wool is permanently fastened to one end of the line, when stored the needle is wrapped around the card.

Stage 2

Square cards made of thick cardboard with outlines of a variety of simple 2-D shapes (square, circle, triangle, ellipse) with holes drilled along the lines at approximately 1/2 inch apart and a blunt needle with doubled thick thread or wool is permanently fastened to one end of the line.

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Stage 3

Square cards made of thick cardboard with outlines of a variety of simple 2-D shapes (square, circle, triangle, ellipse) with holes drilled along the lines at approximately 1/2 inch apart.  Stored with a box containing a pre-threaded blunt needles.  Ensure that there is the same number of needles as cards.

Stage 4

Square cards made of thick cardboard with outlines of a variety of simple 2-D shapes (square, circle, triangle, ellipse) with holes marks indicted, but left undrilled along the lines at approximately 1/2 inch apart.  Stored with a box containing a pre-threaded blunt needles and a large nail and small hammer.  Include some plain cards so that the children can make their own simple designs too.

Presentation:

  • Bring a card with lines
  • Unravel the needle
  • Hold the needle in the right hand and the card in the left
  • Show the child how to insert the needle the through the hole adjacent to where it is attached
  • As the needle emerges on the other-side, show it to the child
  • Put the needle the whole way through and your left index over the wool and carefully turn the card with your left hand
  • With your right hand place the needle on the card and with right thumb and index finger tease out the thread
  • Hold the card with your left hand
  • Put the needle through the second hole holding as before
  • Turn the card carefully and bring the needle and thread out with the right hand
  • Continue in the same way until the end of the line, turning over the card in a deliberate manner

Points of Interest:

  • Inserting the needle
  • Turning the card
  • Pull the thread through bit by bit

Purpose:

  • Co-ordination of Movement
  • Independence
  • Concentration
  • Social Adaptation

Age at Presentation:

Two and a half years to three

Footnote:

  • After Stage 1 has been given the child can work with Stage 2 cards at her own pace
  • After the child has mastered Stage 2 cards, show ow to use running stitch backwards to complete the gaps
  • When Stage 1 and 2 are both mastered, she may use Stag 3 cards independently, carefully replacing the needle and thread in the box.
  • For Stage 4 show her how to gently push the holes herself and use the blank cards to design her own patterns

How to punch a hole to create a design

Material Description:

A box containing of the plain sewing cards and a box containing a large nail, small hammer, a pad and a paper with a design drawn on which is the same size as the sewing card

Presentation:

  • Place the pad on the chowki, then the plain sewing card and finally the piece of paper with the design on top of each other.
  • Where the design begins place the large nail and hammer
  • Measure two finger widths along the outline and place the nail in there and hit it with the hammer
  • Continue for the length of the design
  • Put the tools back into the box
  • Ask the child to fetch a needle and thread, to thread the needle, knot it and sew along the holes just made

Points of Interest:

  • The distance between the holes
  • Using the hammer firmly but without excess

Purpose:

  • Co-ordination of Movement
  • Independence
  • Concentration
  • Social Adaptation

Age at Presentation:

Four years

Footnote:

Present this when the child has mastered the other cards, before she makes her own design she should use on of the preliminary Stage 4 cards with holes marked but unpunched

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