Archive | February, 2015

Knitting and Crochet

28 Feb

I am continually amazed at what our students can do – and WANT to do.  I am so lucky to be able to teach to students who truly are engaged and excited about their art.  We do so much knitting and crochet (that is what this class is all about!), but we also do so many other things.

Almost done!

Almost done!

Making a small wallet.

Working on her stuffed animal

Working on her stuffed animal

Learning to read patterns with notations like:  K2tog and kfb – not an easy task!

Scarf making.

Scarf making.

It takes a long time to make a scarf.

Starting the circle weaving project.

Starting the circle weaving project.

I was inspired by an art teacher named Cassis Stephens.  She taught this circle weaving class to her students. It looked like so much fun that I decided to bring it to our students.

Painting our backgrounds.

Painting our backgrounds.

Our bases look like this.

Our bases look like this.

Finishing up.

Finishing up.

Finished base.

Finished base.

Aren’t the bases for our circle weaving beautiful!  Just wait until they add the details and then some weaving to them.

Hop scotch today for break.

Hop scotch today for break.

These students really love to play hopscotch.  It appears that this is an “old time” game because while they knew some of the basics, they really didn’t know how to play.  I happily taught them the rules and away they went.

They LOVE hopscotch!

They LOVE hopscotch!

Sometimes, they are having so much fun, it is hard to get them to stop playing and come back to knit or crochet.

4th grade crochet headband.

4th grade crochet headband.

Loom knitting.

Loom knitting.

We don’t always knit with knitting needles.  This student brought her knitting loom to class to work on.

Close up for stitch detail - Lovely!

Close up for stitch detail – Lovely!

Spool knitting.

Spool knitting.

Spool knitting continues to be a huge hit.

Weaving boards - for bookmarks.

Weaving boards – for bookmarks.

I made these weaving boards for noon art and held back a few for knitting class.  They make perfect bookmarks after being taken off the board!  The best part?  These boards can be used over and over again and are made with recycled (cereal boxes) cardboard.

Making a cowl on circular needles.

Making a cowl on circular needles.

REALLY?  A 10 year old knitting on circular needles?!  Yes!

More spool knittin.

More spool knitting.

More knitting.

More knitting.

Starting a new project.

Starting a new project.

WOO HOO!!  The head is done!

WOO HOO!! The head is done!

Now the start of the beak.

Now the start of the beak.

More weaving boards.

More weaving boards.

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Adding details to our circle weaving backgrounds.

Adding details to our circle weaving backgrounds.

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Details being added.

Details being added.

Hearts!

Hearts!

Lots of color and lots of detials!

Lots of color and lots of details!

I can’t wait until the bases are finished so that they can start the warping and weaving!

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Sewing and Weaving

26 Feb

I am so excited about what has been going on in the sewing studio lately!!  We have had many finishes:

6th grader blouse front.

6th grader blouse front.

6th grader blouse back.

6th grader blouse back.

These shirts are quite complicated.  They are not “kid” patterns, they are real patterns.  The front of the bodice is totally lined and has interfacing in it.  There are pleats – both front and back and it is sewn on knit fabric.  Job Well Done!

3rd grader puppy.

3rd grader puppy.

This little puppy is done completely by hand!  Isn’t he cute?!

3rd grader woven scarf.

3rd grader woven scarf.

He wove this scarf for his mom!

4th grader blouse front.

4th grader blouse front.

4th grader blouse back.

4th grader blouse back.

These blouses are coming out so lovely.  Lots of hard work and lots of time go into these.  Great work!

4th grader bag.

4th grader bag.

The bag in use.

The bag in use.

This bag posed it’s own set of difficulties for this student.  She chose some gorgeous fabric, but it is a very fluffy fleece and is very hard to sew on.  But she persevered and it turned out beautifully!

Friends!

Friends!

Celebrating her blouse finish.

Starting on a new project.

Starting on a new project.

Almost done!

Almost done!

Learning to weave.

Learning to weave.

Another weaver!

Another blouse almost done!

Another blouse almost done!

Finishing up a scarf for her mom.

Finishing up a scarf for her mom.

Our current class.

Our current class.

They were taking a little break and I was able to capture them – such a happy crowd.

Having Fun!

17 Feb

Just a quick update about our classes last week.

A previous student made this on her own.

A previous student made this on her own.

Happy face - SO CREATIVE!

Happy face – SO CREATIVE!

Cute little bunny for a cousin.

Cute little bunny for a cousin.

Knittin' and chattin'

Knittin’ and chattin’

Hopscotch Fun!

Hopscotch Fun!

Collecting eggs from the chickens.

Collecting eggs from the chickens.

Working on mending a towel.

Working on mending a towel.

Bath Towel Mended!.

Bath Towel Mended!.

More weaving.

More weaving.

Finished snake.

Finished snake.

Isn't he cute!

Isn’t he cute!

Sewing, Knitting and Weaving!

4 Feb

We are continuing to have so much fun and create so many great items in class!

Getting started in class.

Getting started in class.

The beginning of class is such a fun time.  The students set out their projects and talk with one another about what they are working on.

Making progress.

Making progress.

Everyone is making such great progress on their projects!

"Cyclops" pom-pom

“Cyclops” pom-pom

This pom-pom was not quite complete, but was named “Cyclops”.  Isn’t that the cutest?  It was finished – another smiley face pom-pom and then gifted to one of the teachers at our school.

One student helping another to crochet.

One student helping another to crochet.

One of the things that naturally occurs in our classes is an overall sense of helpfulness.  Here it is being demonstrated by one student helping another with her crochet.

The Balloon Game.

The Balloon Game.

At break time we played a game with a balloon.

Don't let the balloon touch the ground.

Don’t let the balloon touch the ground.

Adding a second balloon.

Adding a second balloon.

Once they had accomplished keeping the one balloon in the air, we added a second balloon!!

So proud of this student!

So proud of this student!

This student went home last week and made herself a tote bag!  With help from her mom, she sewed this up – gotta LOVE it when these creative students have such supportive parents!!

Inside of tote bag.

Inside of tote bag.

Check out that cute fabric and the little pocket.

Two more students weaving.

Two more students weaving.

When knitting class is over, it is time for sewing class to begin.  Or is it???  We have two more new weavers in the sewing class!  I am so excited for these students to be able to learn so many fiber skills.

Winding a shuttle and sewing.

Winding a shuttle and sewing.

Cutting interfacing.

Cutting interfacing.

Stuffing her project.

Stuffing her project.

Weaving with ribbon yarn.

Weaving with ribbon yarn.

I was a little reluctant to let this student weave with ribbon yarn.  Not because it’s difficult, but because it is really “fiddly”.  Meaning it’s a little time consuming to get all the ribbon bits to come out the front of the warp threads.  I shouldn’t have worried on bit!!  The fiddly bits do not seem to bother this student at all!  And it looks simply fabulous!

Working on a little zippered pouch.

Working on a little zippered pouch.

Her shirt is almost done!

Her shirt is almost done!

These shirts that the kids are making are not all that easy.  These are real patterns with many steps.  The bodice of this shirt is fully lined.  All that is left on it is the arms and the hems!  Great job!

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