Our third graders recently explored symmetrical stitched designs. They began by looking at examples of Chinese embroidery and discussing the intricate designs and varied stitches. With a plastic needle and yarn, students intermittently watched a basic stitch video while practicing on their own piece of burlap. Next, students drew a plan for a symmetrical design for their final project. They transferred their design to the final cloth and incorporated the many stitches they learned (running, back, split, stem, and cross-stitch). Students were encouraged to consider symmetry, contrast, unity and craftsmanship in their final pieces.