Archive | July, 2013

The Weaving Continues!

31 Jul

Today was a day of finishes.  All scarves were finished and most of the campers learned how to warp their own looms.  Oh, Yeah!!

5th grader cutting off her scarf.

5th grader cutting off her scarf.

There was lots of nerve racking cutting of the warp this morning in camp.

2nd grader cutting the warp.

2nd grader cutting the warp.

Of course, when there is cutting of warp, there is the finishing of a project.

5th grade woven scarf.

5th grade woven scarf.

6th grade woven scarf.

6th grade woven scarf.

 

6th grade woven scarf.

6th grade woven scarf.

 

6th grade woven scarf.

6th grade woven scarf.

 

Warping new projects.

Warping new projects.

Once a project is finished, it is completely necessary to begin a new one!

More warping.

More warping.

All but one of the campers at least started warping their looms today in order to start the next project.

3rd grade scarf.

3rd grade scarf.

 

2nd grade scarf.

2nd grade scarf.

Such lovely scarves have been created and all the campers were so happy with them!

 

 

 

 

 

Scarves Already!

30 Jul

I simply cannot believe it!  These campers are so fun!  We have one totally completed scarf and several in the final stages.

6th grader with her finished weaving.

6th grader with her finished weaving.

This camper was so glad when she finished her warp!

Hem Stitch.

Hem Stitch.

After the weaving is finished , there are several other steps before you actually have a finished project.  The first of these steps is the hem stitch.  This stitch adds a very nice finishing touch to your woven piece.

Knotting the fringe.

Knotting the fringe.

Once the hem stitching is done on both ends, then the knotting of the fringe can begin.IMG_0332The last piece is to cut the fringe even.  For this project, we cut the fringe at 5 inches.  Isn’t that a lovely scarf?!

6th grader Cutting the warp.

6th grader cutting the warp.

Another scarf being cut off a loom.

6th grader cutting her warp.

6th grader cutting her warp.

And another…IMG_0335And another.  The others are not far behind.  I envision some warping ahead of these new weavers!

 

 

 

And We’re Off!

29 Jul

Camp today went so well!  The campers really got into weaving whole heartedly!

Just getting started.

Just getting started.

Here we are just learning how to use the shuttle and adjust the heddle reed.

Now we're really getting the hang of it!

Now we’re really getting the hang of it!

It didn’t take very long for everyone to understand what to do and boy did they take off!  They were adding colors and textures – these projects are going to be so beautiful!

Yarn dyeing.

Yarn dyeing.

Of course we had to dye more yarn.

6th grade weaving.

6th grade weaving.

By the end of camp today, all the campers had a fair amount completed.

6th grade weaving.

6th grade weaving.

 

6th grade weaving.

6th grade weaving.

 

5th grade weaving.

5th grade weaving.

 

2nd grade weaving.

2nd grade weaving.

 

6th grade weaving.

6th grade weaving.

 

3rd grade weaving.

3rd grade weaving.

I just love all the different colors each camper has chosen!

Weaving Camp starts today!

29 Jul

We are ready for our campers today in weaving camp!

Looms all warped and ready to go.

Looms all warped and ready to go.

Warping all the looms went relatively smoothly except for my enthusiastic helper…

Too much help with the warping!

Too much help with the warping!

She LOVED that ball of yarn rolling around on the floor!

 

Sewing Camp Round Up

28 Jul

We were so busy last week during sewing camp!!  Take a look at all that we accomplished!

3rd grade quilt.

3rd grade quilt.

8th grade quilt.

8th grade quilt.

3rd grade quilt.

3rd grade quilt.

5th grade skirt.

6th grade skirt.

3rd grade pillow case.

3rd grade pillow case.

5th grade headband.

5th grade headband.

4th grade skirt.

4th grade skirt.

5th grade owl.

6th grade owl.

4th grade headband.

4th grade headband.

4th grade stuffed bunny.

4th grade stuffed bunny.

8th grade dog named "Sleepy".

8th grade dog named “Sleepy”.

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5th grade bag.

6th grade bag.

5th grade apron.

5th grade apron.

8th grade owl.

8th grade owl.

4th grade sleepy pillow.

4th grade sleepy pillow.

6th grade pillow.

6th grade pillow.

5th grade bunny.

5th grade bunny.

3rd grade stuffed dog.

3rd grade stuffed dog.

3rd grade bag designed by student - complete with zipper sewn in by hand.

3rd grade bag designed by student – complete with zipper sewn in by hand.

Perfect small stitches on the zipper.

Perfect small stitches on the zipper.

There were several more projects that were completed, but I didn’t get a chance to take pictures.  I wish I could share them with you.  Weaving is this week!!  We shall have fun!

 

 

 

Sewing Camp!

23 Jul

This session of sewing camp is pretty interesting.  There are only three new students, the rest of our students have all been with us previously.

3rd grader pillow.

3rd grader pillow.

Take this camper, she was with us the last session and came to camp yesterday wanting to make a pillow right off the bat.  She quickly finished her pillow and then started a quilt.

Working on projects together.

Working on projects together.

Some of the new campers worked on hand sewing while another one (who has lots of sewing experience) started laying out fabrics to make a quilt.

Quilt in progress.

Quilt in progress.

Quilts seemed to be the order of the day!

Happily sewing away.

Happily sewing away.

It is so nice to see these campers having so much fun!

8th grade quilt project.

8th grade quilt project.

I love the fabrics this camper chose for her quilt.  This is the layout she decided upon after careful thought.

5th grader sewing.

5th grader sewing.

I had to post this next project because it is very impressive for several reasons.  The first being this camper has only taken one week of sewing camp and had minimal sewing experience prior to this.

Apron pocket by 5th grader.

Apron pocket by 5th grader.

Second, she chose to make something that is quite complicated.  There are many steps and a whole lot of skills necessary in order to make this project.  We picked a pattern – she cut out the pattern – pinned it to the fabric learning about straight of grain, fold line, notches etc.  Even just putting this pocket together had many steps which she completed very well.  Just look at those hems on all sides.

Apron gathers.

Apron gathers.

Then lastly, she had to gather the skirt of the apron to fit to the bodice of the apron.  No simple task!!  This kind of work takes time and patience.  Didn’t she do a great job!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the fun continues in Arts ‘n Crafts Camp!

18 Jul

We are in process with several different projects right now.  But never fear!  We will finish everything up by Friday.IMG_0165First we paper mached the small bowl.  After is was dry and trimmed, we glued it to the big bowl.IMG_0150We put several layers of paper mache on the bowls.  We used two sizes of bowls to create a pedestal bowl.  Once the paper mache was dry, it was time to trim the edges and make our last adjustments and “fixes” before painting.IMG_0168Then we glued the bowls together and paper mached the join to hide it.  Now, after it’s dry, it’s ready to paint.IMG_0154We moved on to painting pots.  These pots, after painting, will be decoupaged with fun images.  They will be perfect colorful additions to any garden!IMG_0161The campers really enjoyed painting.

5th grade painted pot.

5th grade painted pot.

This one looks like a gift!IMG_0162Sorry the picture is so blurry, but I had to include it – doesn’t this camper look so happy??  And isn’t her pot beautiful?!IMG_0164This one contained a LOT of detail.IMG_0156After painting the pots, we started our glue oil pastel drawings.  This is the first step.  The campers drew a picture of anything they wanted on a piece of cardboard.  Then we followed the outline of the drawing with a thick bead of glue.  Once it dries we can use our oil pastel crayons to color and blend our pictures.IMG_0157The picture on the lower right is pretty interesting.  This camper plans to use a combination of the oil pastels along with adding some details in ink.  I can’t wait to see how this one turns out.IMG_0171Last, but definitely not least, we worked on these yarn octopi.  I hadn’t planned on doing these with the campers, but they saw the ones on the counter from our crochet class in the morning and really wanted to make some – so of course I had to say yes!  They had so much fun with these!

Moving right along with our crochet projects

16 Jul

Today everyone was really on the ball!

8th grade schrunchie - he made this for his sister.

8th grade schrunchie – he made this for his sister.

So many hair scrunchies completed today that it was very easy to move on to the more advanced projects!

Beautifully colored hair scrunchie.

Beautifully colored hair scrunchie.

I love these colors!

A lovely day to work outside on the patio.

A lovely day to work outside on the patio.

Most of the campers decided to work outside this morning.  The weather was totally perfect!

Hair scrunchie.

Hair scrunchie.

She was so happy to finish this.  These are not easy for the beginning crocheter.

Hair scrunchie

Hair scrunchie

Another hair scrunchie.

Another hair scrunchie.

Playing with the local wildlife.

Playing with the local wildlife.

Two scrunchies finished at the same time.

Two scrunchies finished at the same time.

Everyone finished their hair scrunchies this morning and started their next projects.  Last week, most of the campers chose the beaded headband, this week there are quite a few different projects started.  Several hats (granny square and half double crochet), bags, and one beaded headband.  I can’t wait for tomorrow!!

 

 

 

Arts ‘n Crafts Camp

16 Jul

We had a fabulous time yesterday during Arts ‘n Crafts Camp!!  I guess we always have a great time – I think I have just as much fun as the kids!IMG_0130We started out working on our 3D paper mache projects.

Beginnings of 3D paper mache creations

Beginnings of 3D paper mache creations

I was a little worried that some of the campers might not like getting their hands slimy, but that was not a problem.  They all seemed to really enjoy the process of making these.  They had a choice between making a doll or a pedestal bowl.  Now, I thought the boys would choose the bowls while the girls would choose the dolls.  I could not have been more wrong!!  It was the other way around.  Every girl chose to make the pedestal bowl and the boy decided to make the doll.

Melted crayon art

Melted crayon art

Then we moved onto melted crayon art.  This is such a fun art project.  The campers get to dip crayons into the flame of a candle and then create a picture with dots of color from the melted crayon.  Of course, I am sitting right there with them to make sure everyone stays safe!

Melted crayon art

Melted crayon art

Working on their melted crayon art projects

Working on their melted crayon art projects

The campers had such a great time, several of them made more than one picture.

6th grade melted crayon art

6th grade melted crayon art

3rd grade melted crayon art

3rd grade melted crayon art

More of an impressionist piece of art.

6th grade melted crayon art

6th grade melted crayon art

3rd grade melted crayon art

3rd grade melted crayon art

8th grade melted crayon art

8th grade melted crayon art

3rd grade melted crayon art

3rd grade melted crayon art

10th grade Melted Crayon Art

10th grade Melted Crayon Art

Today we will continue with our paper mache projects and work on some other fun art!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd week of Crochet Camp

15 Jul

This is the second week of Crochet Camp for Let’s Go Crafting and we have a whole new group of enthusiastic new crocheters.  All but one were brand new to crocheting this morning.  But by the end of our three hours they were doing great!

Discussing important "things"

Discussing important “things”

There was such a lot of great work going on today!

Chattin' and crochetin'

Chattin’ and crochetin’

Fun yarn, a new skill, what could be better?

3rd grader's lovely new shoelaces!

3rd grader’s lovely new shoelaces!

This camper already knew how to crochet, but she learned a better way to hold her yarn and hook so that her next projects will be easier to complete.

6th grade shoelaces.

6th grade shoelaces.

6th grade shoelaces.

6th grade shoelaces.

8th grade shoelaces.

8th grade shoelaces.

The first boy crochet camper!IMG_0122

Enjoying snack time outside.

Enjoying snack time outside.

This is such a great time for the campers!  They make new friendships and bond together.

The pre-dyeing yarn soak.

The pre-dyeing yarn soak.

We dyed yarn again this week because the campers really love this activity.  We soak the yarn first because the wet yarn takes up the dye better.

Dyeing yarn - it never gets old.

Dyeing yarn – it never gets old.

More shoelaces.

More shoelaces.

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Yahoo!!  I'm finished!

Yahoo!! I’m finished!

Every single camper finished their shoelaces today!!  What a great day at camp!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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