The 5th Grade students made this geometric stitching project. They began with a worksheet that walked them through 3 different types of stitching: radiating, rotating, or spectrum. They used these to plan their designs in colored pencil. While they worked on those, they came back a few at a time to paint their backgrounds. They each chose a solid color, then splatter painted to add some visual texture. The next class, they began by poking 16 holes in a circular pattern through their cardboard. (I used a template in advance to show exactly where they needed to poke). Then, we talked about the best way to thread their needles. Using what I called a “hot dog bun” (a small folded piece of paper), they were able to string the yarn through the eye without any trouble. After tying a single knot and taping the end to their cardboard, they were ready to sew. Using their worksheets as a guide, they spent the next two class periods stitching their designs.