Archive | July, 2014

Beautiful Finished Projects!

31 Jul

We had quite a few finished projects today!

5th grader bunny.

5th grader bunny.

We started out with the completion of this cute little bunny!

Bunny face close up.

Bunny face close up.

Just look at his cute little face!

Two bunnies!

Two bunnies!

Another bunny joined us at camp today.  One of our students went home yesterday and created the cute bunny on the left all by herself at home and then brought him to play with us today!

Sleeping bunny.

Sleeping bunny.

After about half a morning of sewing camp, bunny needed a nap so another camper donated her handmade quilt for bunny to snuggle with.

6th grader backback.

6th grader backback.

A very lovely backpack was finished – these backpacks are fully lined and include a casing for the drawstring closure.

4th grader froggy.

4th grader froggy.

Such a cute froggy made a debut in camp today.

1st grader quilt.

1st grader quilt.

This young sewing enthusiast finished her quilt this morning.  Isn’t it beautiful?!

4th grader backpack.

4th grader backpack.

Here is a second backpack that was completed today.  I LOVE this bird fabric!

Starting an innovative design.

Starting an innovative design.

This 7th grader is creating her own pattern for a shirt.  Shortly after this photo was taken, her fabric was chosen, cut and she started sewing – I can’t wait to see the outcome.  Maybe she will let me use the pattern she created for future camps or classes.

7th grader patchwork pillow.

7th grader patchwork pillow.

This started out as a quilt but as this camper neared the finish line she decided she would much rather have a pillow.  I think she will be very happy with her pillow.

5th grader pillow case.

5th grader pillow case.

This student worked very hard on her pillow case and it turned out fabulously!

Bunny couch.

Bunny couch.

Bunny must have a couch to relax in after a hard day at camp!

4th grader bunny couch.

4th grader bunny couch.

This couch was designed and sewn completely by a 4th grader – simply impressive!  She did such a wonderful job from her first idea to the execution of her design!

Bunny carrot.

Bunny carrot.

Bunny must have a snack to make it through a whole morning of sewing!

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3rd day of Sewing Camp!!

30 Jul

So many fun things happening today in camp!

Ironing!

Ironing!

Everyone learns to use an iron!  And they like ironing!

Sewing!

Sewing!

4th grader frog.

4th grader frog.

This student brought this to class this morning.  She left yesterday from camp and was so inspired, she made this at home!  Isn’t he fabulous?!!

5th grader quilt.

5th grader quilt.

Close up of tied quilt.

Close up of tied quilt.

Starting a new project.

Starting a new project.

Measuring fabric.

Measuring and cutting fabric.

Pinning and hand sewing.

Pinning and hand sewing.

5th grader polo wrap.

5th grader polo wrap.

This student came to class yesterday asking about making polo wraps for her horse – she even brought her own pattern.  I had no idea what they were, but we worked through it and made them!!  Pretty Awesome!

7th grader apron.

7th grader apron.

Close up of apron.

Close up of apron.

6th grader pin cushion.

6th grader pin cushion.

2nd day of Sewing Camp

29 Jul

Every day at sewing camp is a good day!

Getting right to work.

Getting right to work.

Putting on the finishing touches.

Putting on the finishing touches.

Working on a new project.

Working on a new project.

Doing hand work.

Doing hand work.

Contemplating designs.

Contemplating designs.

Cutting fabric.

Cutting fabric.

Collaborating.

Collaborating.

Sewing.

Sewing.

5th grader sachet.

5th grader sachet.

5th grader pin cushion.

5th grader pin cushion.

5th grader pin cushion.

5th grader pin cushion.

5th grader pin cushion.

5th grader pin cushion.

1st grader pin cushion.

1st grader pin cushion.

5th grader pin cushion.

5th grader pin cushion.

Sewing.

Sewing.

Fabric selection.

Fabric selection.

7th grader pin cushion.

7th grader pin cushion.

4th grader owl pillow.

4th grader owl pillow.

6th grader "Spot" dog.

6th grader “Spot” dog.

5th grader "Spot" dog.

5th grader “Spot” dog.

So many fun experiences today!

Sewing Camp!!

28 Jul
New students learning to use the sewing machines.

New students learning to use the sewing machines.

New projects.

New projects.

Continuing work on in- progress projects.

Continuing work on in- progress projects.

New project.

New project.

Sewing away!

Sewing away!

4th grader sachet.

4th grader sachet.

Fabric color.

Fabric color.

Fabric color.

Fabric color.

Permanent markers and rubbing alcohol.

Permanent markers and rubbing alcohol.

4th grader sachet.

4th grader sachet.

Sewing, sewing, sewing.

Sewing, sewing, sewing.

Working together.

Working together.

Sewing and chatting.

Sewing and chatting.

1st grader sachet!  So happy!

1st grader sachet! So happy!

Finished Projects Galore!

25 Jul

WOW!!  That’s all I can say about today!  All the campers worked hard and had a great time finishing up their final projects for the week.

Beaded Leno Lace.

Beaded Danish Medallions.

We started out the day with several of our student learning new stitch patterns on the looms.  Here we are doing some beaded danish medallions.  She finished her project and it is so very pretty.  I did not get a picture of it and I am very sorry to not be able to share it with you.

More Beaded Danish Medallions.

More Beaded Danish Medallions.

This piece also has beaded danish medallions, but they are much closer together and give a very different look.

Pile Weave.

Pile Weave.

This student chose to do sections of even weave interspersed with pile stitch.

Great patterning.

Great patterning.

Check out the use of two different colors of thread used in the same shed on this piece.  This very creative camper came up with this on her own!

Finishing!

Finishing!

I always try to take a picture of each piece being cut from the loom because I completely remember how scared I was to cut my first piece off the loom – terrified doesn’t even begin to explain it!!  I thought the whole piece would literally explode and come unwoven!  These campers are not worried about it at all – they are completely fearless!!  It totally amazes me each time.

Even Weave and Danish Medallions.

Even Weave, Pile Stitch and Danish Medallions.

This young weaver only had a day and a half to work on this beautiful piece of fabric because she had to leave early from camp today.  I can’t believe how much she accomplished in such a short amount of time – specialty stitches, color changes and enough fabric to use for many things.  I also think her choice of  colors are perfect and stand out so much against the white on this lovely piece!

4th grader placemat.

4th grader placemat.

I can’t wait to hear about this camper using his new placemat!!  He came into class knowing exactly what he wanted to make as his second piece and he really did it.  Notice the two colors of warp (the dark blue and the light blue) and the great stripes he achieved from it!  He also incorporated Pile Stitch and Danish Medallions – great job!

Close up of stitch details.

Close up of stitch details.

Another project being cut off the loom!

Another project being cut off the loom!

4th grader fabric.

4th grader fabric.

Look at those bright, sunny, happy colors!  Doesn’t it just make you smile to look at it?  I love all the beads – it really takes time and patience to place all of them.

4th grader shoulder bag.

4th grader shoulder bag.

Remember the fabric from yesterday?  The one with the many different patterns?  Well, this camper turned her fabric into an over-the-shoulder bag!  She also wove her own strap and sewed everything together by hand!!  What a lovely piece of wearable art.

4th grader bag strap.

4th grader bag strap.

Close up details of the beaded danish medallions on the strap.

VERY even weave.

VERY even weave.

The strap consists of several rows of beaded medallions and leno lace.  The rest is all even weave and it is very EVEN!!

4th grader mat.

4th grader mat.

Check out those great colors!  And all that pile stitch!  I can tell you that while creating pile stitch, it is very hard to maintain an even height from the fabric and this camper did an extremely good job at it.  All those rows – and there are quite a few of them! – are all even and beautiful!

 

Each camper did such a great job this week!!  They learned so much and had such a great time.  The projects that they completed all turned out so beautifully!!

Fantabulous!

24 Jul

Today was fantastic!  Everyone finished their first project and started a new one.

New warp being measured.

New warp being measured.

Our first warp of the day was measured and shortly after this picture was taken, it was wound onto the loom, threaded and the weaving started.

Danish Medallions

Danish Medallions

Danish Medallions are a big hit and very popular – they are not that difficult to do and they give a big “pop” on the fabric.

4th grader scarf.

4th grader scarf.

Our first finish of the day!  Yeah!!

Measuring warp.

Measuring warp.

Of course, after a finished project, there is a need to start a new one :o)  Here she is almost done measuring the warp.

Even Weave and Pile Stitch.

Even Weave and Pile Stitch.

And here is her work a little later. She is experimenting with color and texture.

Intermediate Sampler.

Intermediate Sampler.

This actually came off the loom yesterday, but still needed some finishing touches which were completed this morning.

Pick-up stick texture.

Pick-up stick texture.

I had to take some pictures of the different patterns she wove.  They are simply gorgeous – sorry for the blurry pictures, she was so excited she couldn’t keep still :o)

Pick-up stick weaving.

Pick-up stick weaving.

Pick-up stick weaving.

Pick-up stick weaving.

Pick-up stick weaving.

Pick-up stick weaving.

Pick-up stick texture.

Pick-up stick texture.

Twill on the rigid heddle loom.

Twill on the rigid heddle loom.

I just had to show the intricate patterns on her piece of fabric!

Measuring warp.

Measuring warp.

Since that piece of beautiful fabric will be turned into an over the shoulder bag, it needs a shoulder strap.  This camper chose some very colorful yarn for her warp.

All tied on.

All tied on.

The weaving has begun.

The weaving has begun.

This is her weaving so far.  Some even weave, some beaded danish medallions and some leno lace which you cannot see in this picture.  I believe the strap is going to be as beautiful as the bag!

Hem stitching.

Hem stitching.

This is the other student who was working on the sampler project.  She has finished the weaving and is working on her hem stitching.

Cutting off the warp.

Cutting off the warp.

She was very excited to cut her project off of the loom.

3rd grader table runner.

3rd grader table runner.

Here is her project in all it’s glory!!  Instead of sewing it into something, she has chosen to use this as a table runner.  I think that’s a fabulous use of this beautiful piece of handiwork.

Close up of one of the pick-up stick sections.

Close up of one of the pick-up stick sections.

I just had to include a close up of this section.  Using a pick up stick and following a pattern on a rigid heddle loom is time consuming and required great concentration – Both students were up to the task.  Job Well Done!!

4th grader scarf.

4th grader scarf.

Another scarf was finished today!  Look how lovely it turned out!

Tying the warp onto the apron stick.

Tying the warp onto the apron rod.

This student finished her scarf yesterday and is working on getting her loom re-warped for her second project.  She is actually quite a bit farther along now and has actually started her weaving.

Almost there!

Almost there!

Working on his danish medallions.

Hem stitching.

Hem stitching.

You can see that he has done several rows of danish medallions and a row of pile stitch.  Now just to finish his hem stitching on both ends and he will be done with his second project.

Lovely, Lovely, Lovely

Lovely, Lovely, Lovely

Those colors on white just look so yummy and happy!

Tying onto the apron rod.

Tying onto the apron rod.

And another student almost ready to start weaving.

Beautiful Finishes and Starts

24 Jul

We had a fabulous weaving day!!

Hem Stitching.

Hem Stitching.

This camper started the day out with some beautiful hem stitching.  I am amazed at this group of campers!!  Their hem stitching is really great.

Weaving Twill.

Weaving Twill.

This third grader is working on the twill pattern for her sampler.  On the rigid heddle loom, this requires great concentration.

Cutting a project off the loom.

Cutting a project off the loom.

The weaving and hem stitching is done!!  Time to remove the project from the loom.

Cutting off of the loom.

Cutting off of the loom.

Another project being cut off the loom!  Exciting times.

Hem Stitch.

Hem Stitch.

The hem stitching on one side of this camper’s project is done and now she is hem stitching the other side.

Pulling out waste yarn.

Pulling out waste yarn.

Woo Hoo!!  The sampler is done!  Now to pull out the waste yarn at the beginning of her project and to hem stitch.  Then this part of her project will be complete.

New Warp.

New Warp.

A camper from yesterday finished his project and is now measuring the warp for his second project.  I love the colors he has chosen!!

4th grader scarf.

4th grader scarf.

Our first finish of the day and isn’t it lovely?!!  The colors are so fun and bright!!

4th grader scarf.

4th grader scarf.

Another fun finish!  This camper is so proud of her scarf!

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