Archive | January, 2015

Knitting and Sewing continues!

28 Jan

Last week we mixed things up a bit in knitting.  I find that sometimes, especially on warm, sunny days, the kids get restless about half way through class and need a bit of a break.  Knitting for an hour and a half is hard work!

Mr. Smiley!

Mr. Smiley!

Sorry for the blurry photo.  Sometimes it’s hard to photograph someone’s finished project as it is waved in front of the camera – the kids are just so excited about their creations, they can’t hold still!  This student made a pom-pom last week and turned it into a smiley pom-pom this week, which promptly retained the name of “Mr. Smiley”.  So cute!

The Marble Game.

The Marble Game.

About half way through class time, the students were getting a little bit restless so we took a small break and played “The Marble Game”.

Playing.

Playing.

First, I  hand each student a paper towel tube that has been cut in half.  Then I show them a marble and explain the rules of the game.  The object of this game is to work together and keep the marble rolling from person to person without dropping it.IMG_3958

Once the marble has passed from your tube to the next person’s tube, you run from the start of the line to the end and get ready to catch the marble again.  These students had a great time and managed the all-time record of four rounds!

Back to knitting.

Back to knitting.

Then it was back to their knitting!

4th grader Spot Dog.

4th grader Spot Dog.

Sewing was a BLAST!  We saw a huge Spot Dog come to completion.

Close-up.

Close-up.

Isn’t he cute?!

Tux the distractor.

Tux the distractor.

Playing with scraps from his latest project.

Playing with scraps from his latest project.

Sewing

22 Jan

Sewing classes are in full swing and going really well!  Lots of new starts and some projects that are ALMOST done!

Starting a new project-stuffed snake!

Starting a new project-stuffed snake!

Making shorts for his brother.

Making shorts for his brother.

Another sewing and chatting group.

Another sewing and chatting group.

Working and having fun.

Working and having fun.

American Girl Doll Sleeping bag in process.

American Girl Doll Sleeping bag in process.

Knitting/Crochet Classes

20 Jan

I never know what the students are going to work on in class.  They have their ongoing projects and work on those very diligently, but sometimes they want to do something different to take a break.

Knitting and Spool Knitting

Knitting and Spool Knitting

Some students decide to pull out their spool knitters, others move from one project to another.

Knitting

Knitting

This student is very intent on finishing her project!  Look how much knitting she has done already!

Knitting

Knitting

A new project for this knitter.

Just about half way there!

Just about half way there!

No matter what they decide to work on, they have a lot of fun!

Finished Sewing Projects

16 Jan

I wanted to share a few of our student’s finishes that have not previously made it to the blog.  These finishes represent a LOT of hard work an a LOT of learning in order to complete them.

3rd grader stuffed dog.

3rd grader stuffed dog.

This dachshund stuffie is such a cute toy.  It is done completely by hand – no machine sewing at all.

Face closeup.

Face closeup.

It is made completely out of felt.

Side view.

Side view.

Check out all those small even stitches!!  There are hundreds of them!

Back view.

Back view.

He can stand alone because of all the gusset pieces.  This student did a fantastic job!!

6th grader coin purse.

6th grader coin purse.

This is another creation that is done completely by hand.  This coin purse comes complete with a zipper.

5th grader My Little Pony Costume.

5th grader My Little Pony Costume.

This student took our Costume Workshop.  She wanted to be one of the My Little Pony characters.  She made pants and a crossover shirt in just a few sessions!  Boy did she work hard!

5th grader My Little Pony Costume - Wings

5th grader My Little Pony Costume – Wings

She made her wings out of fabric and created her tail and mane out of curling ribbon – sooo creative!

5th grader My Little Pony Costume - Front View

5th grader My Little Pony Costume – Front View

Isn’t this a fabulous costume?!

Spool Knitting

15 Jan

I used to love spool knitting and just knew that my student would as well.  So I made a whole bunch of them!

Home made spool knitters.

Home made spool knitters.

Supplies and instructions over at Connie’s Creations.

Sewing Classes

13 Jan

We are having a great time in sewing!  Each week our students work on their different projects – either starting something new, working on an ongoing project, or finishing up something.  What we have now added is weaving for those that are interested!

4th grade weaver.

4th grade weaver.

This student is a very accomplished sewer.  He has been sewing with Let’s Go Crafting for quite awhile now – he also sews at home.  What he really wanted to learn was weaving – so we brought out one of our student looms and got him set up to make a scarf.  Now he is weaving like a champ!  I can’t wait to show you the finished scarf – he has chosen such bright, fun yarn that I know this scarf is going to be lovely.

4th grade infinity scarf.

4th grade infinity scarf.

This student came to class this week with the idea to make an infinity scarf.  She thought it out, designed it and made it all in one class!  Beautiful!

Cutting fabric and hand sewing.

Cutting fabric and hand sewing.

Two students working on different projects, but together.

Working and chatting.

Working and chatting.

One of the things that I LOVE about our classes is that they foster friendship and camaraderie.  The kids are all very supportive and helpful to each other – they share their thoughts, their ups and their downs.  The atmosphere created here is wonderful for their social and emotional growth.

American Girl Doll sleeping bag in process.

American Girl Doll sleeping bag in process.

Hand sewing.

Hand sewing.

Please also note the hat she is wearing.  She knit that hat in the round.  The fit is perfect and keeps her warm on these chilly mornings.

Heart pillows!

Heart pillows!

Working on fabric selection.

Working on fabric selection.

Shirt yoke being fine tuned.

Shirt yoke being fine tuned.

Sewing.

Sewing.

4th grader shorts.

4th grader shorts.

Sewing.

Sewing.

And  more sewing!

And more sewing!

4th grader working on her shirt.

4th grader working on her shirt.

Let’s see what the kids have in store for us next week!

2015 Summer Camp Schedule!

11 Jan
2015 Summer Camp Schedule

2015 Summer Camp Schedule

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