Archive | June, 2013

Knitting Camp Recap

29 Jun

Boy, we had a lot of fun this past week!!  Lots of knitting was done and new friendships were forged.  Knitting always seems to bring people together, both kids and adults.
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One of the camper’s favorite places to knit is around the kitchen table.  They knit and chat and laugh and have a great time.
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Another favorite place was on the couch.
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However, knitting outside was their very favorite place to knit.  Unfortunately, the first two days of this past week saw rain and we had to stay inside.  Thankfully, by Wednesday, things had cleared up and we were outside again!
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The abilities of our campers was also varied.  We had campers who were brand new to knitting and…
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Knitters who had been with us for awhile.  This camper made a vest for her bear.  The bear she had made during knitting class after school during the year.
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Isn’t that vest so cute?!!  It fits her bear perfectly and look at that great knitted fabric – job well done!!
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Such concentration!
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During camp this week, we learned how to dye our yarn!  See those extremely fancy garbage bag aprons?
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We placed the yarn on a plastic wrapped paper plate and used spoons to get the dye in just the right place.
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Each hank of yarn was unique and beautiful.
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Lots of very vibrant colors.
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Then back to their knitting!
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Proud of progress!
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This camper finished her wrist warmers in a day and a half!  Then she started a scarf.   Amazing!
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Her first knitted project and it looks fabulous.  Such a lovely bag!  This camper went on to knit several cat toys to donate to our local animal shelter.
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Meet Stella Stuffmore, the name given to this monster bag knitted by this extremely creative camper.
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Gotta love that colorful yarn!  Isn’t Stella Stuffmore cute?

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This camper is entering 2nd grade in the fall and completed these wrist warmers before the end of the week.  Her knitting improved so much and I am so proud of her!!  Now she is working on a stuffed toy.
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More wrist warmers – a very nice first project for this camper.
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A mini-monster stuffed with beans and with an embroidered face.  So cute.
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Her very first knitted project – VERY nice!
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Octopus dolls.  These are so fun to make.
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Another octopus doll in the works!
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Not only did this camper finish her wrist warmers (her first ever knitted project), but she made this little phone holder for her phone.
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A very mini octopus.  I have to say, I think this is the cutest!
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Another set of wrist warmers made by an entering 2nd grader.  That is a lot of knitting for a 2nd grader!!

Knitting Camp and Arts & Crafts Camp is coming!

23 Jun

We are ready and excited for knitting camp this week!!  Lots of fun things to learn and do.
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Here you see yarn that has been measured and tied so that we can learn how to dye!  You can make all kinds of colors of yarn this way.
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All the yarn bundles are ready for our campers.
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Our sample dyed yarn.  Isn’t that so pretty??  Can you imagine how fun it will be to knit with this yarn?!

And stay tuned tomorrow to see what fabulous crafts we create in the afternoon!

While our morning camp is full this week, we still have spaces available in the afternoon.  Give us a call if you would like to join us!

Additional week of sewing camp!!

22 Jun

Exciting news!!  Sewing Camp has been such a big hit, I have added another morning session from July 22nd through July 26th!  I’m so glad because I am going to miss teaching sewing.

Today was the last day of sewing camp for this week.  And boy, what a great day we had!  Lots of laughter and chatting and sewing – the perfect way to round out the week.
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Another finished skirt!  I don’t think I have mentioned how amazing it is that these campers can make these skirts.

In order for them to have the nice gathered waistline, the fabric must be twice as wide as their own waists. So for example, if the waist measurement of the camper is 22 inches, then the skirt fabric will be cut 44 inches wide.  Then we measure down from their waist to find out how long the skirt should be and add 4 inches.

The campers sew up the back seam, then measure down from the top of the skirt 1/2″, pin, iron and sew.  This is the facing – then they again turn under 1″ from that fold, pin, iron and sew – then insert the elastic.

The hem at the bottom is done about the same way – measure 1/2″, pin, iron, sew – measure 1″, pin, iron and sew.  WHEW!!  That takes a lot of concentration and time!!  Simply amazing!
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Diligent work on a pillow case.
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And the finished pillow case!  It’s so fun to be a part of the learning process.
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Two campers having fun working on their projects.
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Batik pillow.  These always turn out so nicely and we leave the sewing up for the last day.
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Finished 3D cat stuffed toy.  This toy is VERY complicated!  It has a bottom gusset where the tummy is and was quite a challenge to sew together.
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However, this camper persevered and completed her project complete with felt applique eyes and embroidered nose and mouth.  Way to go!!
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A beautifully painted still life.
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Two more pairs of shorts!  These are very similar in construction to the skirts.  Same amount of measuring, pinning and sewing.  What troopers these campers are!
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I always find it so interesting the fabrics that are chosen.  This skirt is so pretty!
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Yet another pair of shorts.  I tell you, these campers are amazing!
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This camper decided all on her own that she wanted to make a quilt.  She took the 4″ template that we used for our sachets, chose fabric and cut it out all on her own.  I asked her to lay the squares out on a flat surface so that she could organize and reorganize her squares to get the look she wanted.   This is her final choice and I LOVE it!!  More importantly, she loves it!  At the very end she chose to change her quilt into a pillow and it looks great this way as well.
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This camper chose to make a 2D stuffed cat.  Boy did she work hard sewing around those curves for the paws!!  Sewing curves is no easy task.
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Aren’t those pastel colors beautiful?!  She will be joining us for our next week of sewing camp in July and has already started a 3D stuffed pig complete with head and under belly gussets.
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We had ten minutes left of camp today and this apple pincushion was created!
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I love how these pillow fronts come out.  Each one is totally different.
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She made a very similar drawing as her sister, but as you can see, the looks are completely different!
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The camper who drew this, ran out of time to turn it into a pillow.  She had been working on so many other fabulous projects, but I just love the arwork!

See you next week for knitting camp and arts & crafts camp!!

We have been BUSY!

19 Jun

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Students new to camp worked on needle books and pincushions.

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New skills are hard to learn!  But this camper is such a trooper, she mastered her hand stitching by day two.

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This camper was with us last week as well and was completely ready to tackle a much more involved project.  She has chosen to make a summer robe.

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This young camper decided to make a skirt.  We measured her and she made her own pattern, cut out her fabric, and mastered ironing to create a very nice waistband and hemline.

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She liked it so much, she decided to wear it over her dress!!

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A new camper, already adept at using a sewing machine, jumped in to make shorts.

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Ahhh!!  But we were able to teach her how to use the iron and she did a fabulous job!

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Don’t they look fantastic??  She did a great job!

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This camper is making cat toys to donate to the local animal shelter.

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Figuring things out.

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Another new sewer!

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Anywhere is a good place to sew.

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Help comes from unexpected places.

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So much sewing going on this week.

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I had no idea how popular these headbands would be.  I think just about every camper decided to make these.

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So many fun finished projects!  I can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring!

Last Day of week one Sewing Camp

14 Jun

WHEW!!  Boy did this week go by quickly!  I think the campers felt the very same way.  Several of them were disappointed that this was their last day.  Several of them are coming back next week and are very excited to tackle some more complicated projects.

 

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This camper had so much fun today!!  She finished her skirt before our morning break and wore it for the rest of the morning.

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I just love the fabric she chose and it fits her well and look fabulous.

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These headbands were so popular!  I think almost every camper made at least one!

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This camper is working on a 3 tiered skirt and was so involved and wanted so much to finish before the end of camp today, she didn’t even take a break at all!

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She wound up making mounds of pillows for her bed.  She told me she wanted to fill up her bed with pillows!

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Yet another headband!  Isn’t this one cute!  I love the fabric so much and this camper added a decorative stitch on each side of hers – very creative.

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Woo Hoo!!  She did it!  She finished her skirt with time to spare.  She was so thrilled!

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Look at those shorts!  Aren’t they fantastic?  She did a great job with the waistband and also the hemline.

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Another lovely headband with decorative stitching on the edges.

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This is the third pillow case for this camper (she wanted one for each pillow on her bed) and she is such a pro it only took her about 45 minutes!

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A finished batik pillow – this was such a fun multi day project.  The kids really enjoyed it.  I will have to come up with something different for next week as some of these students will be with me again.

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Not only did this camper finish her pillow, she also made a pillow case!  She is amazing!

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Just before the end of camp today, this pillow was finished.  So this camper finished a skirt and made a pillow – whew!

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I think she accomplished her goal – to cover her bed in pillows!  Look at that happy face, I can’t wait to see what she creates next week!

Day Four of Sewing Camp

13 Jun

The kids are really going now.  They know how the machines work, they know how the iron works, and they know how to finish things off by hand.

IMG_3665More headbands!  These are great projects because they are somewhat simple, but yet the kids  get to work with stabilizer, turning a fabric tube and inserting elastic.  

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IMG_3671And more ironing!  All the kids ironed today.  This camper is almost done with her pillow case.

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IMG_3669This camper has made so many different things.  Here she is making a tiered skirt.  She made great progress and now only has the waistband and hem to finish.  Piece of cake for her!

IMG_3670After each seam is sewn, ironing is needed to make everything nice and neat.

IMG_3672Finished pillow case.  I can’t believe how excited they are about these pillow cases!

IMG_3673Look at all that loot!  Once these campers figured everything out, there was no stopping them.

IMG_3676A fabulous bag completely designed by this 2nd grade camper.  She came to camp this morning with an idea, created a pattern, and made her bag.  Truly an example of how your only limitation is your imagination!

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IMG_3678More Batik pillows.  These were so fun to create!

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IMG_3660I love the embroidery on this one!

Let’s see what new things are created tomorrow!

Awesome students!

12 Jun

Today started bright and early with the cutting of fabric for pillow cases.

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The kids get to pick their own fabric and learn how to use a pattern.

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They get so excited when they find that “perfect” fabric for their project.

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These kids come and get right to work.

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Each day we take a mid-morning break.  The kids love to have their snack and sit and chat.

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Here we are finishing up our batik squares of fabric.  Tomorrow we will be sewing them into pillows.

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One of our youngest students learning how to control her machine.  She did so wonderfully!

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These two were so excited to finally start their first machine sewn projects.  Here they have picked out their fabric for a sachet each and are learning to use a pattern, put right sides together and how to pin appropriately.

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Of course, using an iron is a must!!  It’s also a life long skill :o)

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Working, working, working…

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Everyone was very busy creating.

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The student in the foreground finished a reversible headband and is shown here working on cutting out fabric for a pillow case.  The student in the background finished up her sachet and is now working on a reversible headband.

IMG_3630She finished her pillow case!!

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IMG_3632Cutting stabilizer for a headband.

IMG_3633Another finished pillowcase!  Look at that happy face :o)

IMG_3635Working and chatting – the best way to create.

IMG_3636Putting the finishing touches on her sachet.

IMG_3641Look at that proud face!  She finished her headband!

IMG_3642Another finished sachet.

IMG_3643This student finished her sachet and started a headband.

IMG_3644She finished her sachet and is bringing it home to hang in her room.

IMG_3645She is so happy!!  She sewed this on the machine all by herself, closed the opening used to stuff it and then sewed on the button.  The only assistance needed was help to tie one knot.  Impressive!

IMG_3646Another finished headband.

IMG_3647A bag created from imagination.

IMG_3648Another free form bag!

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As you can see, all these students are so amazing!!  Only a few days sewing and look what they can create – such fast learners with such great imaginations :o)  I can’t wait to see what tomorrow will hold.

Today was great!

11 Jun

Today was even better than yesterday, if you can believe that!  Most of the students finished their pincushions and started sewing on the machines.

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It was so fun to see the fabrics and embellishments that were chosen.

 

 

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I found it interesting that chickens were the most popular, followed closely by apples.  I had expected the bear to be the most popular.  

 

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This chicken was made by an incoming 2nd grader. 

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One student couldn’t make it yesterday, but worked very hard today to make her needle book (pictured above, isn’t is so cute?!), her pincushion and by the end of camp today, she was ready to make a lavender sachet on the sewing machine.

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Then we worked on our batik squares.  They used paint with water mixed in to create a wash to color in their designs.  Again, it was so interesting to see what every student decided to do.

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One student decided to do some splatter paint on hers.

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And others followed suit – this gave such a cute added element to their fabric squares.

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I put all the squares outside to dry more quickly and here they all are – such a creative group of kids!!

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Then onto the most exciting part of camp so far for these kids – using the machines!  They couldn’t wait!

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First, I had them practice on precut squares of fabric to get used to the machines and figure out how to control both the speed of the machine and the direction of the fabrics.  In no time at all, they had mastered this part.

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Almost all the students worked on the machines today – tomorrow the last two will be up and running.  I know they are chomping at the bit to get started.

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Tracing the pattern for a lavender sachet.

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Here are some of the finished sachets.  We didn’t use lavender, we used rose and berry scented potpourri and they smell so nice!

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Each sachet combined machine sewing with hand sewing.  The students had to keep a straight line sewing up the seams on this sachet as well as know how to turn corners.  After the sachet was sewn with a small opening left to turn and stuff, they needed to use their new found hand sewing skills to close the sachet and add a button for embellishment.  While this looks like a simple project, many different skills are needed.

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This is a reversible headband that one of my students started.  She will definitely be able to finish this tomorrow and then will start something else.

 

These kids are totally amazing!!  I am so impressed by what they are able to do after just two days!!  See you all tomorrow!

Fabulous First Day of Sewing Camp

10 Jun

WHEW!!  What a morning we had!  It was truly fabulous.   The students were incredibly enthusiastic and excited to learn.

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First, we learned how to trace and cut a pattern to make a Needle Book.  Gotta have a place for those needles!!  Then, the students drew designs on the front of their needle books to personalize them.

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That’s when the    real fun began.  The students took thread and needle and made those designs really “pop”.  Don’t you just love how they are all gathered around out on the front patio sewing?!
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Incoming 2nd grader sewing her design onto her needle book.
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I love when the kids gather together to sew and chat.  They were also helping each other whenever they could.
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Incoming 3rd grader working on his needle book.  Look at that concentration!!
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It wasn’t all sewing today – we started on some glue batik fabric squares that will eventually (by the end of this week) be turned into pillows.
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After the design of their choice was drawn onto the fabric square, they used a thick glue to cover all the outlines.  Stay tuned for the update on their next step tomorrow ;o)
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All the designs were so lovely and unique!
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Each needle book was also unique…
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This guy is a lego fanatic –  he wanted to and probably will at a later date, add the other 6 lego buttons that he found in the button box to this needle book.
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Love the button choice for this one!
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Everyone finished their needle book!!
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Next up – pincushions!!  Every seamstress needs a pincushion and the cuter, the better!  These seemingly simple projects help the students become proficient in threading their needles, tying knots (they all learned quilter’s knots), and keeping consistent tension and stitch length.  All these skills are so very important to polished finished projects.  We also briefly touched on what a seam ripper is and that truly great sewers are very good friends with their seam rippers :o)
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The first finished pin cushion.  This student did not want to use any of the patterns that were provided and instead drew his own shape and proceeded to sew it together.
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And last, but definitely not least, Zombie Bear!!  This pincushion was made by an incoming 6th grader with a serious sense of humor!  She decided NOT to sew up the head nice and neat and then promptly decided to let a little of the stuffing come out as hair (or brains, depending on who you ask in this household!).  She loves it and I love how creative she is!

Ready for Sewing Camp!!!

10 Jun

I can’t wait until tomorrow!  Tomorrow is the first day of Sewing Camp!  I have all the sewing machines at the ready…

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They all have been completely threaded and tested and should be good to go for my enthusiastic students. 

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Lots and lots of fabulous fabrics to create with!  I love how these display bins allow the students to see and choose whatever suits their fancy!

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And last but definitely not least, tins full of buttons, thread, and other useful tools that will be needed.  All easy to find and get at.  More later….after class tomorrow…

 

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