Sewing and Weaving Class

21 Mar New weaving project.

The students in this class are learning so much!  They choose a project and a fiber art and then we work together to make it come to fruition.

Multiple pillows!

Multiple pillows!

Ooh. La. La!  Another project coming off the loom.

Ooh. La. La! Another project coming off the loom.

Scarf finish!

Scarf finish!

Learning the hemstitch.

Learning the hemstitch.

Yeah!  Another finished scarf!

Yeah! Another finished scarf!

Starting a new project.

Starting a new project.

More pinning and cutting of new sewing projects.

More pinning and cutting of new sewing projects.

More hem stitching!

More hem stitching!

Getting ready to cut out her robe pattern.

Getting ready to cut out her robe pattern.

Lots of weavers in class!

Lots of weavers in class!

New weaving project.

New weaving project.

New project!

New project!

Taking out the waste yarn on her weaving.

Taking out the waste yarn on her weaving.

Woven Scarf Finish.

Woven Scarf Finish.

Fancy, fancy!

Fancy, fancy!

WHEW!!  Such a busy, fun day in class!

Knitting Class

19 Mar Goofing around and having fun!

I’m always saying this, but I can’t believe how much fun we have in knitting class!  For class this week, this student brought an embroidery kit that she had at home and asked for help.  Well…of course!!  All forms of fiber arts are supported here in class.

Learning to transfer an embroidery design to fabric.

Learning to transfer an embroidery design to fabric.

Starting her embroidery - chain stitch.

Starting her embroidery – chain stitch.

Working on putting on the buttons for her coin purse.

Working on putting on the buttons for her coin purse.

Finished!!

Finished!!

Knitting and chatting.

Knitting and chatting.

Headband finish.

Headband finish.

Side of headband to show stitch detail.

Side of headband to show stitch detail.

Starting a new project - a teddy bear.

Starting a new project – a teddy bear.

Goofing around and having fun!

Goofing around and having fun!

Putting on the first color.

Putting on the first color.

More circle weaving.

More circle weaving.

Working on our circle weaving.

Working on our circle weaving.

Done!  So pretty!

Done! So pretty!

Close up of the center.

Close up of the center.

Start of a cowl on circular needles.

Start of a cowl on circular needles.

Knitting the toes of her chick.

Knitting the toes of her chick.

Finger knitting.

Finger knitting.

Finished finger knitted scarf.

Finished finger knitted scarf.

Sewing??

7 Mar TAAA DAAA!!  Another blouse by a 4th grader.

This really is a sewing class.  No, really!

Weavers.

Weavers.

More weavers!

More weavers!

Small bag.

Small bag.

Zipper perfectly installed.

Zipper perfectly installed.

Completely lined!

Completely lined!

TAAA DAAA!!  Another blouse by a 4th grader.

TAAA DAAA!! Another blouse by a 4th grader.

Check out that ribbon trim!

Back of same blouse.

Back of same blouse.

Look at all the support she garners for a great finish!

Look at all the support she garners for a great finish!

A new pet being shared with our class.

A new pet being shared with our class.

It's an alligator lizard.

It’s an alligator lizard.

Tux the distractor makes another appearance.

Tux the distractor makes another appearance.

Hem stitching.

Hem stitching.

Cutting off the loom.

Cutting off the loom.

Cutting off the loom.

Cutting off the loom.

Yes, it’s still a sewing class, but we have taken a bit of a turn for to do some weaving.  Making cloth – not just sewing cloth :o)

This week in knitting.

5 Mar Infinity scarf in the making!

As always, we start out our knitting class with…well…our knitting!

Infinity scarf in the making!

Infinity scarf in the making!

The start to the wattle for her chicken.

The start to the wattle for her chicken.

A coin purse in the making.

A coin purse in the making.

Knitted part of coin purse done!  Measuring for the lining.

Knitted part of coin purse done! Measuring for the lining.

Finishing the painting for our circle weaving.

Finishing the painting for our circle weaving.

Then we have a small break for another yarn related activity.

Measuring the slots for the warp.

Measuring the slots for the warp.

Warping.

Warping.

"Who has that button?" game.

“Who has that button?” game.

Game time – these student LOVE game time!

Back to sewing.

Back to knitting.

Lining being sewn into the coin purse.

Lining being sewn into the coin purse.

Wattle done, comb being started.

Wattle done, comb being started.

Just another fun day at knitting class!

Girl Scout Sewing Workshop

2 Mar Ta Da!

A little while ago, I led a Girl Scout Sewing Workshop that was tons of fun!  I had to come up with an idea that they could complete in one session so I created the Lined Book Bag (click on the link to go to the tutorial).  There were 12 girls who came to our workshop – only one of those knew how to sew.

Practicing.

Practicing.

The first order of business was to show the girls how to use the machines.  Then they practiced on scrap pieces of fabric until they got the hang of sewing a straight line.  This usually only takes about 20 minutes.

Sewing bags.

Sewing bags.

After picking their fabric for the bags, they got started right away.  Then they were off an running!

Sewing.

Sewing.

Ironing.

Ironing.

The girls also learned to use an iron safely – a very important skill to have!

More sewing.

More sewing.

Finished!

Finished!

Ta Da!

Ta Da!

All 12 girls went home with finished book bags!  What a great group they are!

Knitting and Crochet

28 Feb

I am continually amazed at what our students can do – and WANT to do.  I am so lucky to be able to teach to students who truly are engaged and excited about their art.  We do so much knitting and crochet (that is what this class is all about!), but we also do so many other things.

Almost done!

Almost done!

Making a small wallet.

Working on her stuffed animal

Working on her stuffed animal

Learning to read patterns with notations like:  K2tog and kfb – not an easy task!

Scarf making.

Scarf making.

It takes a long time to make a scarf.

Starting the circle weaving project.

Starting the circle weaving project.

I was inspired by an art teacher named Cassis Stephens.  She taught this circle weaving class to her students. It looked like so much fun that I decided to bring it to our students.

Painting our backgrounds.

Painting our backgrounds.

Our bases look like this.

Our bases look like this.

Finishing up.

Finishing up.

Finished base.

Finished base.

Aren’t the bases for our circle weaving beautiful!  Just wait until they add the details and then some weaving to them.

Hop scotch today for break.

Hop scotch today for break.

These students really love to play hopscotch.  It appears that this is an “old time” game because while they knew some of the basics, they really didn’t know how to play.  I happily taught them the rules and away they went.

They LOVE hopscotch!

They LOVE hopscotch!

Sometimes, they are having so much fun, it is hard to get them to stop playing and come back to knit or crochet.

4th grade crochet headband.

4th grade crochet headband.

Loom knitting.

Loom knitting.

We don’t always knit with knitting needles.  This student brought her knitting loom to class to work on.

Close up for stitch detail - Lovely!

Close up for stitch detail – Lovely!

Spool knitting.

Spool knitting.

Spool knitting continues to be a huge hit.

Weaving boards - for bookmarks.

Weaving boards – for bookmarks.

I made these weaving boards for noon art and held back a few for knitting class.  They make perfect bookmarks after being taken off the board!  The best part?  These boards can be used over and over again and are made with recycled (cereal boxes) cardboard.

Making a cowl on circular needles.

Making a cowl on circular needles.

REALLY?  A 10 year old knitting on circular needles?!  Yes!

More spool knittin.

More spool knitting.

More knitting.

More knitting.

Starting a new project.

Starting a new project.

WOO HOO!!  The head is done!

WOO HOO!! The head is done!

Now the start of the beak.

Now the start of the beak.

More weaving boards.

More weaving boards.

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Adding details to our circle weaving backgrounds.

Adding details to our circle weaving backgrounds.

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Details being added.

Details being added.

Hearts!

Hearts!

Lots of color and lots of detials!

Lots of color and lots of details!

I can’t wait until the bases are finished so that they can start the warping and weaving!

Sewing and Weaving

26 Feb

I am so excited about what has been going on in the sewing studio lately!!  We have had many finishes:

6th grader blouse front.

6th grader blouse front.

6th grader blouse back.

6th grader blouse back.

These shirts are quite complicated.  They are not “kid” patterns, they are real patterns.  The front of the bodice is totally lined and has interfacing in it.  There are pleats – both front and back and it is sewn on knit fabric.  Job Well Done!

3rd grader puppy.

3rd grader puppy.

This little puppy is done completely by hand!  Isn’t he cute?!

3rd grader woven scarf.

3rd grader woven scarf.

He wove this scarf for his mom!

4th grader blouse front.

4th grader blouse front.

4th grader blouse back.

4th grader blouse back.

These blouses are coming out so lovely.  Lots of hard work and lots of time go into these.  Great work!

4th grader bag.

4th grader bag.

The bag in use.

The bag in use.

This bag posed it’s own set of difficulties for this student.  She chose some gorgeous fabric, but it is a very fluffy fleece and is very hard to sew on.  But she persevered and it turned out beautifully!

Friends!

Friends!

Celebrating her blouse finish.

Starting on a new project.

Starting on a new project.

Almost done!

Almost done!

Learning to weave.

Learning to weave.

Another weaver!

Another blouse almost done!

Another blouse almost done!

Finishing up a scarf for her mom.

Finishing up a scarf for her mom.

Our current class.

Our current class.

They were taking a little break and I was able to capture them – such a happy crowd.

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