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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!

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 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!

November Knitting

4 Dec

Our last class in November was a complete hoot!  Everyone had so much fun!

Spool Knitting

Spool Knitting

More spool knitting.

More spool knitting.

We had lots of spool knitting.  I remember enjoying this so much as a kid, but was unsure of how it would be received by my students.  Well, I should not have been worried, they love it!  I can’t wait to show them some of the animals that I have created with spool knitted strings!

Bear leg.

Bear leg.

We had the completion of a stuffed bear leg and also the start of the torso – this student is well on her way to having a finished project!

Scarf start.

Scarf start.

This student wanted to try something a little different – she chose to knit a scarf with sock yarn and US#1 needles.  Boy is she brave!!  I love knitting on the smaller needles with fine yarn, but it does take a bit longer than if larger needles and yarn were being used.  It sure is pretty though!

Finger weaving.

Finger weaving.

We also had finger weaving.

Scarf model.

Scarf model.

My daughter showed up and was immediately put to work by this student.  This student is making a finger weave scarf and wanted to know if it was long enough so she asked my daughter to model it to check length.  Looks good to me!

More crochet.

More crochet.

This student is really good at knitting and wanted to learn crochet.  You know her from her crocheted shoe laces from last time, well she is now making a hair tie to learn sc and practice the tension on her chain stitches.  She is doing a great job!

MORE finger weaving.

MORE finger weaving.

The scarf in one of the previous pictures, can double as a jumprope!

Finger weaving.

Finger weaving.

Did you know you can finger weave off of both ends of the ball of yarn??  Neither did I!!

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!

Another Fun, Fun Day of Weaving!

22 Jul

We had our first finished project for this week of camp!

3rd grader scarf.

3rd grader scarf.

It is always such a thrill to cut your first project off the loom!!

3rd grader scarf.

3rd grader scarf.

I make sure that the warp is long enough to make a scarf that will wrap around the neck and keep them warm.  Isn’t this such a nice scarf?

Lots of weaving.

Lots of weaving.

All of the campers are super excited each day when they come to camp.  They start their weaving right away.

"Tux"

“Tux”

Our resident furry “helper”.  Notice that her leg is actually THROUGH the warp.

Lots of attention!

Lots of attention!

Of course Tux knows that if she is being cute, she will get lots of love from our students :o)

Checking out our dye baths at snack time.

Checking out our dye baths at snack time.

The first thing the campers did at snack was to check out their yarn.  I asked them to eat before they took the yarns out.

Chickens.

Chickens.

After snack the chickens had to be played with for a bit.

"Short Wing"

“Short Wing”

This chick really loves this camper.  He’s the only one she will sit on quietly.

Taking the yarns from the dye bath.

Taking the yarns from the dye bath.

Now we were able to see exactly how our yarn hanks turned out.

Wringing them.

Wringing them.

We had to wring them out a little so they would dry faster.

Pretty!

Pretty yarn!

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

Here they all are, just drying in the sun this afternoon.  Tomorrow our campers will wind these into balls and weave with them if they choose.

Almost there!

Almost there!

Another camper is almost done with her scarf.  Here she is learning how to use the hem stitch in order to get a really nice finish.

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