Needlework Danielle Nester Hillary Olivier
Plastic Canvas $1.29 3” x 3” Hobby Lobby $.59 10.5” x 13.0” Hobby Lobby $1.59 Hobby Lobby http://shop.hobbylobby.com/search/?keyword=plastic%20canvas&match=AND&F_Sort=2&perpage=36
Supplies • Plastic Canvas ($1.29/10 pack) • Yarn ($3.99) • 1.5 yards orange • 1 ft. green • Adhesive Magnets ($4.99/roll) • Plastic Needles ($.99/2) • Scissors ($1.99) • http://shop.hobbylobby.com/search/?keyword=plastic%20canvas&match=AND&F_Sort=2&perpage=36
Continental/Tent Stitch Overview • Bring threaded needle UP at 1 and all ODD numbers • Bring threaded needle DOWN at 2 and all EVEN numbers
Cognitive Upgrade/Downgrade • Motor Skill: Sequencing • Baseline: Sequencing the steps to needlework solid orange pumpkin with green stem using continental stitch • Upgrade: Sequencing additional steps and stitches to needlework jack-o-lantern face on pumpkin using additional colors (black) • Downgrade: Sequencing less steps to needlework orange pumpkin with green stem by having the OT begin the first row of stitches. The client will watch the OT perform the first row, then try themselves with assistance and verbal cues when needed. (Scaffolding when necessary)
Motor Upgrade/Downgrade • Motor Skill: Fine Motor Control • Baseline: Have the client thread his or her own needle • Upgrade: Have the client thread needle multiple times with different color yarn (for jack-o-lattern eyes and mouth, or yellow vertical stripes as lines on the pumpkin) • Downgrade: Thread the needle for the client and tie knot, or tape end of yarn to make easier to thread (keep yarn from unraveling)
Population • Ages 8+ • Females, males (and sometimes highly skilled cats!!) • Helpful for clients with: • Depression • Poor Fine Motor Skills • Anxiety • Arthritis • Stress • Poor Pain Management • Asthma • Panic Attacks
Therapeutic Benefits: Rehabilitative • Uses fine motor control of movement • Increases hand-eye coordination • Improves cognition • Sequencing • Clients with Arthritis and Carpal Tunnel
Therapeutic Benefits: Psychosocial • Increases self-efficacy, self-esteem, and self-expression • The repeated movements and rhythmicity can cause a decrease of stress hormones, which can increase serotonin and dopamine levels relaxation • Slows down client’s thought processes so they can “zone out” and only focus on the task at hand
Precautions • Needle point can be sharp • Scissors can be sharp • Be aware of the rough edges of the cut plastic canvas • Be aware that you are following the pattern on the handout
Ziploc Bag • Plastic Canvas • Needle • 1.5 yd. of orange yarn • 1 ft. green yarn • Magnet • Template of Pumpkin
REMEMBER!!! • UP at 1 and ODD numbers • DOWN at 2 and EVEN numbers
Step 1: • Thread your needle with the orange yarn provided. At about 1 inch from the top, tie a double knot to secure yarn onto needle. Pull tight.
Step 2: • Following template handout, count five spaces down and five spaces over from the upper right corner. This will be the first hole you insert needle into (labeled 1), coming from the back side, forward through to the front (REMEMBER: 1 and odds, back to front- 2 and evens, front to back!)
Step 3: • Pull yarn through until there’s about 1 inch left on the backside of your plastic canvas (tail); hold in place with finger for the first few stitches. You will end up stitching over this tail to cover it.
Step 4: Continental Stitch • Refer back to template handout. Notice hole 2 is at a upper diagonal from hole 1. Since you came through to the front on hole one, you will now thread through to the back in hole 2. Your needle should finish on the back side of your plastic canvas.
Step 5: • Refer back to template handout. Locate hole 3 on handout. Thread needle (from back to front since odd number) through hole 3. Your needle should finish on front side of plastic canvas.
Step 6: • Thread back through hole 4 in same manner as hole 2 (because even number, remember to go from front to back). Your needle should finish on the back side of the plastic canvas.
Step 7: • Repeat continental stitch across canvas, from right to left, as shown on the design template handout- for a total of 9 diagonal stitches across.
Step 8: • Refer back to design template handout. Notice that to drop down to second row (hole 19) you need to move over to the left one space from where your top row of stitches are. • To be certain you are starting your second row in the right place, count down 6 spaces and over 3 spaces from the upper left hand corner. You will now bring your needle through this hole from back to front, finishing with your needle and thread on the front side of the plastic canvas.
Step 9: • Refer back to design template handout. For the next step, (labeled 20) you will thread your needle in the same fashion as before, but this time the top stitch will share a hole with a bottom stitch from the top row (20 shares hole with 17). Continue this pattern across, from left to right, for a total of 11 diagonal stitches across. You will end this row on the same side that you started (upper right hand side).
Step 10: • Now you have 2 completed rows of your pumpkin! Congratulations! • To move down to the 3rd row, you will work in the same manner as transferring from 1st to second row, but again- one space below and over to the right. REFER TO DESIGN TEMPLATE HANDOUT!!
Step 11: • Continue this process, following the design template handout carefully, until have completed the base of your pumpkin. Once you’ve stitched your last and final row of orange, you will turn to the backside of the plastic canvas. Thread your needle underneath and through the outer 3 stitches and pull through. Tie a small knot closest to the canvas as possible, then cut the remaining yarn.
Step 12: • If time permits, thread the green piece of yarn provided through needle and tie off in same manner as with the orange. Following the design template handout, stitch the stem of the pumpkin in the same way as before using the continental stitch. Tie off at end following same method as before. This is the final step of stitching to complete your pumpkin!! PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK!
Step 13: • With the black magnet provided, use hot glue gun to glue magnet to back side of plastic canvas. • HANG ON FRIDGE TO SHOW YOUR HALLOWEEN SPIRIT!!!!
Resources • http://www.prlog.org/10179509-knitting-and-crochet-offer-long-term-health-benefits.html • http://www.cancerlynx.com/handcraft.html • http://www.hobbylobby.com/home.cfm • http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=plastic%20canvas&rs=ac&len=11