Archive | June, 2014

New Week of Sewing Camp!

30 Jun

Always exciting!

Choosing and cutting fabric.

Choosing and cutting fabric.

Painted Fabric Squares

Painted Fabric Squares

7th grader sachet.

7th grader sachet.

3rd grader sachet.

3rd grader sachet.

Small Project Work.

Small Project Work.

Sewing Away.

Sewing Away.

3rd grader sewing.

3rd grader sewing.

7th grader ironing.

7th grader ironing.

Playing with chicks.

Playing with chicks.

Playing with chicks.

Playing with chicks.

7th grader quilt layout.

7th grader quilt layout.

7th grader sachet.

7th grader sachet.

5th grader sachet.

5th grader sachet.

7th grader quilt

7th grader quilt

7th grader sachet.

7th grader sachet.

7th grader bean bag.

7th grader bean bag.

"Fuzzy Hair"

“Fuzzy Hair”

New Session of Sewing Camp!

29 Jun

We are all set up and excited for our new week of sewing camp!  Our studio has been transformed once again from a…

Weaving Camp.

Weaving Camp.

back into a…

Sewing Camp.

Sewing Camp.

We are looking forward to another fantastic week of camp here at Let’s Go Crafting!!  Woo Hoo!

Weaving Camp

27 Jun

Everyone finished their final projects today!  Woohoo!  Job well done!

5th grade weaving.

5th grade weaving.

This was the first project of the day off the loom!  The hem stitching is done – now this camper wanted to turn it into a pillow.

Embroidering.

Embroidering.

But first she wanted to embroider her name on it.  What a great personal touch!

5th grade woven pillow.

5th grade woven pillow.

All done!!  This is such a fantastic pillow – the fabric was completely woven by her, embellishment added, and hand sewn together.  Simply a great job!

Addition of beads.

Addition of beads.

A scarf that had been previously finished, needed the addition of beads to the end.

Addition of beads.

Addition of beads.

Actually, it needed the addition of beads to both ends!

7th grade updated scarf.

7th grade updated scarf.

Ahh!  Now the scarf is complete!

Working on danish medallions.

Working on danish medallions.

This camper worked so hard today to finish her weaving.

Finishing the weaving.

Finishing the weaving.

And so did this camper.

Starting a pin weaving project.

Starting a pin weaving project.

Once, this student’s pillow was done, there was not time to warp up another project on the loom.  So…we made a little pin loom so she could do some pin weaving.

3rd grader mat.

3rd grader mat.

Ta-Da!  Another mat hot off the loom!

4th grader pillow.

4th grader pillow.

Success!!  A finished pillow!  Look at those specialty stitches – they are quite time consuming as they require the manipulation of the loom threads entirely by hand.  Great Job, Weavers!!

Impressive!!

26 Jun

The weaving today was incredibly impressive!!

Final finishing touches.

Final finishing touches.

This camper is putting the final finishing touches on her mat that she wove in just two days.IMG_2300

Here she is modeling it as a shawl :o)

6th grader weaving.

6th grader weaving.

Doesn’t this look fabulous?  She included pile weave and danish medallions in a pattern throughout.

6th grader weaving

6th grader weaving

A close up of her handiwork.

6th grader mat.

6th grader mat.

The final product!  Simply fantastic!

4th grade weaving

4th grade weaving

Another weaver chose the same stitches, pile weave and danish medallions, but with a very different look.  This is so fun and festive!

3rd grade weaving

3rd grade weaving

The start of more danish medallions!

5th grade weaving

5th grade weaving

This piece is just about ready to remove from the loom.  I can’t wait to see her finish!

Mid-Week Weaving Update

25 Jun

WOO-HOO!!  Today everyone finished their first project!

3rd grader scarf.

3rd grader scarf.

Our first finish of the day!

11th grader scarf.

11th grader scarf.

The second finish of the day!

All warped up and started on a new project.

All warped up and started on a new project.

Almost done.

Almost done.

Pile weave and danish medalions.

Pile weave and danish medallions.

New weaver experimenting with different weaving stitches.  The pile weave and some danish medallions are being done here.

Break time!

Break time!

5th grader danish medalions.

5th grader danish medallions.

3rd grader threading the heddles.

3rd grader threading the heddles.

This student is preparing her loom for her next project.

Hem stitching.

Hem stitching.

Putting on the finishing touches.

Putting on the finishing touches.

4th grader scarf.

4th grader scarf.

TAAA-DAA  That is such a beautiful scarf!!  So many lovely colors!

7th grader scarf.

7th grader scarf.

And another lovely, colorful scarf!!  By the end of camp tomorrow everyone will have started their next project.  Yeah!

Finishes and Starts

24 Jun

Take a look at the beautiful things our students are making!

Learning to hem stitch.

Learning to hem stitch.

A few campers finished their weaving this morning and started the finishing process.  Here this student is learning how to hem stitch.

6th grader working on her scarf.

6th grader working on her scarf.

This student completed all her finish work and then decided to sew her scarf in half to turn it into a skinny scarf.

6th grader scarf.

6th grader scarf.

Isn’t this scarf lovely?!

6th grader measuring warp.

6th grader measuring warp.

The same student immediately wanted to start her next project.  She picked her warp and started measuring it out.

5th grader hem stitching her scarf.

5th grader hem stitching her scarf.

Another student finished all her weaving and started the hem stitching.

3rd grader hem stitching her scarf.

3rd grader hem stitching her scarf.

More hem stitching.  These students should be so proud of themselves!

Camper taking her break with our new little chicks.

Camper taking her break with our new little chicks.

Of course we had break time and our new baby chicks were enjoying some play time.

6th grader threading her heddles.

6th grader threading her heddles.

Back to work and the measuring of the warp was finished, then it was wound onto the back beam. Now it is time to thread the heddle.

Beautiful weaving!

Beautiful weaving!

This scarf is just about done!!  Tomorrow the weaving will be completed and the finish work will start.

Winding up her yarn.

Winding up her yarn.

After break, we took our dyed yarn and started winding it into balls.

Hand dyed yarn.

Hand dyed yarn.

This is what it looks like after it has been dyed but before we wind it.

Hand dyed yarn.

Hand dyed yarn.

Hand dyed yarn.

Hand dyed yarn.

Hand dyed yarn.

Hand dyed yarn.

Hand dyed yarn.

Hand dyed yarn.

Don’t you just love how different each one turned out?

5th grader Beautiful scarf finish.

5th grader Beautiful scarf finish.

5th grader starting to warp her 2nd project.

5th grader starting to warp her 2nd project.

After finishing the scarf, it was time to start a new project.  So it was time to learn how to measure warp.

New warp finished.

New warp finished.

The first warp is all tied on and the waste yarn has been woven.  New weft yarn has been chosen and the real weaving will begin tomorrow.  Can’t wait to see what these campers will be up to tomorrow morning.

First Day of Weaving Camp!

23 Jun

I always love the first day of a camp where students meet each other and they begin learning a new fun skill!!  None of the campers (except for one) had ever done any weaving before today.

Starting the weaving process with waste yarn.

Starting the weaving process with waste yarn.

But they all took to it very quickly.  In this picture, you see two of the students weaving with waste yarn.  We always start a project with waste yarn and soon move into the more fun and colorful yarns.

Having fun!

Having fun!

All of the campers got quite far on their scarves today.

Yarn dyeing.

Yarn dyeing.

After break time today, we learned how to dye yarn.  They had all different colors to choose from and it will be so fun to see what their yarn looks like when it is dry.

Starting to dye yarn.

Starting to dye yarn.

Applying the dye to the yarn.

Applying the dye to the yarn.

Don’t you just love those stylish aprons?!!  They have to wear aprons because the dye will stain clothing.  I made these out of trash bags :o)

3rd grader weaving.

3rd grader weaving.

Look at that bright, yummy yarn!  I really like the contrast with the dark colored warp.

6th grader finishing her scarf.

6th grader finishing her scarf.

One of our students finished weaving her scarf today.  Woo Hoo!!  She hem stitched and finished the other end and now she just needs to finish up this end.  Tomorrow she will learn to warp and also learn some specialty stitches along with some beading if she wishes.

Weaving Camp is here!

22 Jun

We are ready for our weaving camp that starts tomorrow!!  Our studio has had a change from…

Sewing Camp Set Up

Sewing Camp Set Up

Sewing Camp to…

Weaving Camp Set Up.

Weaving Camp Set Up.

Weaving Camp!IMG_2228

Each loom had to be warped in preparation for our students tomorrow, but I had a lot of help!  Two of my daughters helped to measure warp,IMG_2229

and thread the looms.  I tied the warps onto the front apron rod.  It’s great to have help :o)IMG_2244

All of the looms are warped in this black yarn.IMG_2245

And these are the yummy, bright colors that we will be using as our weft.  I can’t wait to see which colors each student will choose.IMG_2246

Lots and lots of bright solids and variegated yarns.IMG_2247

Something for everyone!

Last Day of Sewing Camp

22 Jun

Friday was our last day of this session of sewing camp and the campers really worked hard to finish their projects!

3rd grader jammie pants.

3rd grader jammie pants.

We started out the day with a cute pair of jammie shorts.

Starting a new project.

Starting a new project.

And started new projects.

Ironing a waist band.

Ironing a waist band.

And more ironing.

Finishing touches.

Finishing touches.

And more hand sewing.

Ooh! La! La! 4th grader stuffed dog.

Ooh! La! La! 4th grader stuffed dog.

Second finish of the morning – a very bright a lively stuffed dog.

Close up of face.

Close up of face.

6th grader apron

6th grader apron

The next finish of the morning.

6th grader pillow case.

6th grader pillow case.

This camper was VERY busy today :o)

3rd grader elephant coin purse.

3rd grader elephant coin purse.

Purse strap designed by this camper and sewn on the machine – all other sewing done by hand.

7th grader fawn.

7th grader fawn.

This fawn stands up independently and is sewn completely by hand.IMG_2214

Cute bright bow!

Cute bright bow!

7th grader bag.

7th grader bag.

3rd grader bag turned into a top.

3rd grader bag turned into a top.

Same bag started by this 3rd grader, but then turned into a top.  Such creativity!!

4th grader mini pillows.

4th grader mini pillows.

6th grader bean bag.

6th grader bean bag.

4th grader stuffed hamster.

4th grader stuffed hamster.

6th grader bag.

6th grader bag.

7th grader puppy.

7th grader puppy.

Another project that stands independently and is sewn completely by hand.

Puppy close up.

Puppy close up.

I am completely amazed and impressed by these students!  They can sew so well and are so very creative!  It was a huge joy to teach them.

Fabric Painted Pillows Done!

19 Jun

Our fabric painted pillows are done!!  And they look great!  First we removed the freezer paper from the fabric and then we picked fabric for the pillow backing.

Picking fabric for the backs of the pillows.

Picking fabric for the backs of the pillows.

After cutting and pinning…

Sewing up their pillows.

Sewing up their pillows.

We sewed up our pillows, then ironed them and stuffed them.  They all turned out great!  And they are all so different from each other.

6th grader fabric painted pillow.

6th grader fabric painted pillow.

4th grader fabric painted pillow.

4th grader fabric painted pillow.

4th grader fabric painted pillow.

4th grader fabric painted pillow.

4th grader fabric painted pillow.

4th grader fabric painted pillow.

7th grader painted pillow

7th grader painted pillow

6th grader painted pillow.

6th grader painted pillow.

6th grader fabric painted pillow.

6th grader fabric painted pillow.

7th grader fabric painted pillow.

7th grader fabric painted pillow.

3rd grader fabric painted pillow.

3rd grader fabric painted pillow.

3rd grader fabric painted pillow.

3rd grader fabric painted pillow.

All the campers were thrilled with their pillows!  Many other things got done today as well.

6th grader "H" pillow.

6th grader “H” pillow.

This camper was making letter pillows for family and friends.

Ironing!

Ironing!

This camper is finishing up her jammies.  In this picture, she is working on her waistband which is now complete.  Tomorrow she will hem them and they will be done.

6th grader "Blockhead" pillow.

6th grader “Blockhead” pillow.

Such cute fabric – and look at those prairie points at the top.  They are perfect!

Close up of the embroidered face.

Close up of the embroidered face.

6th grader "K" pillow.

6th grader “K” pillow.

4th grader bunny pillow.

4th grader bunny pillow.

6th grader bag - to hold all her letter pillows from yesterday :o).

6th grader bag – to hold all her letter pillows from yesterday :o).

6th grader starting a pillow for her sister.

6th grader starting a pillow for her sister.

Finishing up tiny projects.

Finishing up tiny projects.

These two students have spent all their camp time standing at the table working on their various projects.  Such small projects require great concentration, lots of fine motor skills for all those tiny stitches and loads of patience.

Starting another project.

Starting another project.

Nothing better than picking fabric and starting a new project.

4th grader owl bag.

4th grader owl bag.

This student decided to turn the owl pillow pattern into a bag.  I love her fabric choices and just look at the buttons she chose!  Cute, cute, cute!

3rd grader elephant coin purse.

3rd grader elephant coin purse.

This 3rd grader is amazing.  The coin purse is also a very small project that cannot be sewn on the sewing machine.  It is all hand sewn and has a zipper inserted into the top.

3rd grader elephant coin purse.

3rd grader elephant coin purse.

Tomorrow she wants to make a strap for it.  I love how these students take a pattern and put their own spin on things to make it just the way they want.

6th grader original mushroom pillow.

6th grader original mushroom pillow.

A pillow of her own design.  Recognize that fabric?  It’s some of the left overs from her robe :o)  Take a look at the photo bomb of  our other student having some fun.

Fun, fun, fun!!

Fun, fun, fun!!

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