As you know, we've had family portraits on our mind lately. We think these embroidered family handprints are a great spin on the idea. And before you think, "cute, but I don't know how to embroider," we promise you, embroidery can be quite simple.
You could get fancy if you like, but even a first-time embroiderer can tackle this easily. Our favorite online resource for learning embroidery stitches is Primrose Design's Stitch School postings written by Janel McCaffrey. The simplest stitch - straight stitch - is what we'd recommend starting with and then, if you like, try some others (links to different stitches can be found in the right hand column of her blog).
Embroidery is a great introduction to needlecrafts for kids. A hoop, needle, some linen and a handful of embroidery floss is all it takes to get them started.