Take and Make: Curve Stitching

Michelle TatMaking Math, Take and Make, Teacher Support & Training2 Comments

Curve Stitching Files:  SVG and Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator

Mary Boole invented curve stitching to teach children how curves relate to straight lines.

Make your own conic sections using these frames and string!

Update 12/23/19

We shared these files with Stefanie Nguyen who runs as school makerspace at a school and the kids did wonderful creative things with them.  Here’s her note and th photos she posted on Instagram:

2 Comments on “Take and Make: Curve Stitching”

  1. These are so cool! I love the frames and the patterns. What kind of string did you use? How did you make the frames? (I can not open the files) Besides being beautiful and fun, what kind of math conversations did you have?

    Do you think it is “meaty” enough for middle school?

    Thank you for sharing!

    1. I think it’s a good activity for students who will soon be working with tangent lines. It’s also interesting to see the different patterns depending on how they initially set up the pattern. I just put an adobe illustrator file link in the blog entry.

      We made our frames with a laser cutter. A glowforge could work to. Do you have a maker space at your school?

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