The children started sewing in 4th Class. First they learned how to ‘backstitch’. Once they had all mastered that skill, they could start on their art piece.
They traced a hand print from either their grandparents or parents. They then drew that hand print onto hessian material. They threaded their needles and started to back-stitch the outline of the hand onto the material.
Afterwards they drew and stitched their own hand print on top, creating a ‘hand in hand’ picture with their special person.