Empress Mentewab School

Learning Embroidery

learning to sew
learning to sew


Sewing is introduced in Infants using blunt wool needles and plastic (rug-making) mesh kindly donated by an English supporter. The children practise running stitch in different-coloured synethic "wool".

Grade 1 children begin to sew on fabric. They practise running stitch and diagonal stitches before learning to do cross-stitch.

Kate will teach the children various styles of embroidery, including the traditional Ethiopian way of embroidering clothes and household linen.

sewing done by Infants 1
sewing done by Infants 1


sewing done by Infants 2
sewing done by Infants 2


sewing done by Grade 1
sewing done by Grade 1


The school has a good stock of material and thin synthetic wool purchased in Gondar market. However, donations of the thicker (knitting) wool used with the plastic mesh would be put to good use in Infants 1. Also, it would be helpful to have additional wool needles and plastic mesh. It is not possible to buy these items locally.

See the GIVE section for more information about sending things to the school.