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We’re Back!

2 Dec

Our classes did not meet last week because of Thanksgiving break, but it was fabulous to be back creating today!

Another quilt to donate!

Another quilt to donate!

Starting a quilt.

Starting a quilt.

Working away!

Working away!

More sewing.

More sewing.

Almost done!

Almost done!

Weaving.

Weaving.

Starting a new project.

Starting a new project.

Ironing.

Ironing.

Starting a crochet afghan.

Starting a crochet afghan.

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The Latest in Sewing and Weaving!

27 May

We sure are getting a lot done in class these past couple of weeks!

Quilting some fabric.

Quilting some fabric.

Finishing up a

Finishing up a

Cutting her weaving off the loom.

Cutting her weaving off the loom.

Table runner done!

Table runner done!

Table runner doubling as a scarf for now.

Table runner doubling as a scarf for now.

Laying out fabric for a quilt.

Laying out fabric for a quilt.

Finishing her demented teardrop stuffie.

Finishing her demented teardrop stuffie.

Teardrop complete!

Teardrop complete!

Working on a Lion Pillow Cover.

Working on a Lion Pillow Cover.

Working on the tail to his Lion pillow case.

Working on the tail to his Lion pillow case.

So many students sewing!

So many students sewing!

Working on the hem of her robe.

Working on the hem of her robe.

Hemming.

Hemming.

Lots of hand sewing going on here.

Lots of hand sewing going on here.

Hem stitching her woven fabric.

Hem stitching her woven fabric.

Ooooh!   Just about done with this project!

Ooooh! Just about done with this project!

Sewing??

7 Mar

This really is a sewing class.  No, really!

Weavers.

Weavers.

More weavers!

More weavers!

Small bag.

Small bag.

Zipper perfectly installed.

Zipper perfectly installed.

Completely lined!

Completely lined!

TAAA DAAA!!  Another blouse by a 4th grader.

TAAA DAAA!! Another blouse by a 4th grader.

Check out that ribbon trim!

Back of same blouse.

Back of same blouse.

Look at all the support she garners for a great finish!

Look at all the support she garners for a great finish!

A new pet being shared with our class.

A new pet being shared with our class.

It's an alligator lizard.

It’s an alligator lizard.

Tux the distractor makes another appearance.

Tux the distractor makes another appearance.

Hem stitching.

Hem stitching.

Cutting off the loom.

Cutting off the loom.

Cutting off the loom.

Cutting off the loom.

Yes, it’s still a sewing class, but we have taken a bit of a turn for to do some weaving.  Making cloth – not just sewing cloth :o)

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.

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!

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!

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!!

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