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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.

Weaving Camp is Here!

21 Jul

Today was our first day of weaving camp this week.  It’s always fun to see new weaving students learning and enjoying themselves at the loom.

4th grader weaving.

4th grader weaving.

4th grader weaving.

4th grader weaving.

4th grader weaving.

4th grader weaving.

It’s also great fun to have students come back for another session.  This time I created an Intermediate Weaving Sampler Pattern for two repeat campers.IMG_2549

3rd grader sampler.

3rd grader sampler.

4th grader sampler.

4th grader sampler.

We worked hard for the first half of camp and then took a short break to eat snack and play with the chickens.

Chicken play.

Chicken play.

"Short Wing"

“Short Wing”

"Sassafrass"

“Sassafrass”

After our break we  dyed some yarn.  This time we made dye baths with food coloring.

Food Color Dye baths.

Food Color Dye baths.

Each camper filled three jars with water and chose their food color for each one.  Then they placed each end of the hank of yarn into one of the jars and the middle of the hank into the middle jar.

Food Color Dye bath.

Food Color Dye bath.

It’s fun to see which colors each camper chooses.

Food Color Dye bath.

Food Color Dye bath.

It will be even more fun to see how the yarns turn out!

Gift yarn!  YEAH!!

Gift yarn! YEAH!!

A friend of mine gave me some of her left over yarn.  Isn’t it so pretty?!

Gift yarn being used.

Gift yarn being used.

Well most of the campers felt the same way and wanted to use it in their weaving.  This yarn weaves up so nicely!

Gift yarn being wound onto a shuttle.

Gift yarn being wound onto a shuttle.

Gift yarn getting ready to be used as weft.IMG_2553

See how pretty it looks in this project?!  LOVE IT!  Thanks so much, Margaret!

Knitting Camp Wrap Up

11 Jul

Lots of finished projects today!!

4th grader headband.

4th grader headband.

Side view of headband.

Side view of headband.

Finishing up knitting.

Finishing up knitting.

Working on new projects.

Working on new projects.

Usually I try to have our students finish their projects before class ends for the week.  In the case of these two, they had finished their first projects and since they are coming back for more camps and wanted to knit more, I had them pick yarn and start something new.

3rd grader wrist warmers.

3rd grader wrist warmers.

3rd grader wrist warmers.

3rd grader wrist warmers.

These third graders worked so hard to finish their wrist warmers today.  Great job girls!

Campers working together.

Campers working together.

Pin Weaving.

Pin Weaving.

The start of a hat being knit in the round by a 4th grader.

The start of a hat being knit in the round by a 4th grader.

The start of a colorful scarf by a 4th grader.

The start of a colorful scarf by a 4th grader.

Finishing some pin weaving.

Finishing some pin weaving.

Pin weaving.

Pin weaving.

Pin weaving.

Pin weaving.

Pin weaving.

Pin weaving.

Knitting camp is done for this week – I am sad to see these campers leave – they are such great students and work so well together!

Knitting Camp!!

7 Jul

We started knitting camp today!

Knitting Camp.

Knitting Camp.

Yarn and projects were chosen.

Knitting Camp.

Knitting Camp.

And we got started right away.

4th grade knitter.

4th grade knitter.

9th grade knitter.

9th grade knitter.

3rd grade knitter.

3rd grade knitter.

3rd grade knitter.

3rd grade knitter.

Everyone had such great concentration!

Yarn girls, boys and octopi.

Yarn girls, boys and octopi.

We took our break about half way through the morning and then created these cute little fellows!!

9th grade scarf.

9th grade scarf.

This 9th grader had been working on a scarf prior to class and finished it in class this morning.  Tomorrow will be another great day!

Weaving Camp

27 Jun

Everyone finished their final projects today!  Woohoo!  Job well done!

5th grade weaving.

5th grade weaving.

This was the first project of the day off the loom!  The hem stitching is done – now this camper wanted to turn it into a pillow.

Embroidering.

Embroidering.

But first she wanted to embroider her name on it.  What a great personal touch!

5th grade woven pillow.

5th grade woven pillow.

All done!!  This is such a fantastic pillow – the fabric was completely woven by her, embellishment added, and hand sewn together.  Simply a great job!

Addition of beads.

Addition of beads.

A scarf that had been previously finished, needed the addition of beads to the end.

Addition of beads.

Addition of beads.

Actually, it needed the addition of beads to both ends!

7th grade updated scarf.

7th grade updated scarf.

Ahh!  Now the scarf is complete!

Working on danish medallions.

Working on danish medallions.

This camper worked so hard today to finish her weaving.

Finishing the weaving.

Finishing the weaving.

And so did this camper.

Starting a pin weaving project.

Starting a pin weaving project.

Once, this student’s pillow was done, there was not time to warp up another project on the loom.  So…we made a little pin loom so she could do some pin weaving.

3rd grader mat.

3rd grader mat.

Ta-Da!  Another mat hot off the loom!

4th grader pillow.

4th grader pillow.

Success!!  A finished pillow!  Look at those specialty stitches – they are quite time consuming as they require the manipulation of the loom threads entirely by hand.  Great Job, Weavers!!

Mid-Week Weaving Update

25 Jun

WOO-HOO!!  Today everyone finished their first project!

3rd grader scarf.

3rd grader scarf.

Our first finish of the day!

11th grader scarf.

11th grader scarf.

The second finish of the day!

All warped up and started on a new project.

All warped up and started on a new project.

Almost done.

Almost done.

Pile weave and danish medalions.

Pile weave and danish medallions.

New weaver experimenting with different weaving stitches.  The pile weave and some danish medallions are being done here.

Break time!

Break time!

5th grader danish medalions.

5th grader danish medallions.

3rd grader threading the heddles.

3rd grader threading the heddles.

This student is preparing her loom for her next project.

Hem stitching.

Hem stitching.

Putting on the finishing touches.

Putting on the finishing touches.

4th grader scarf.

4th grader scarf.

TAAA-DAA  That is such a beautiful scarf!!  So many lovely colors!

7th grader scarf.

7th grader scarf.

And another lovely, colorful scarf!!  By the end of camp tomorrow everyone will have started their next project.  Yeah!

Finishes and Starts

24 Jun

Take a look at the beautiful things our students are making!

Learning to hem stitch.

Learning to hem stitch.

A few campers finished their weaving this morning and started the finishing process.  Here this student is learning how to hem stitch.

6th grader working on her scarf.

6th grader working on her scarf.

This student completed all her finish work and then decided to sew her scarf in half to turn it into a skinny scarf.

6th grader scarf.

6th grader scarf.

Isn’t this scarf lovely?!

6th grader measuring warp.

6th grader measuring warp.

The same student immediately wanted to start her next project.  She picked her warp and started measuring it out.

5th grader hem stitching her scarf.

5th grader hem stitching her scarf.

Another student finished all her weaving and started the hem stitching.

3rd grader hem stitching her scarf.

3rd grader hem stitching her scarf.

More hem stitching.  These students should be so proud of themselves!

Camper taking her break with our new little chicks.

Camper taking her break with our new little chicks.

Of course we had break time and our new baby chicks were enjoying some play time.

6th grader threading her heddles.

6th grader threading her heddles.

Back to work and the measuring of the warp was finished, then it was wound onto the back beam. Now it is time to thread the heddle.

Beautiful weaving!

Beautiful weaving!

This scarf is just about done!!  Tomorrow the weaving will be completed and the finish work will start.

Winding up her yarn.

Winding up her yarn.

After break, we took our dyed yarn and started winding it into balls.

Hand dyed yarn.

Hand dyed yarn.

This is what it looks like after it has been dyed but before we wind it.

Hand dyed yarn.

Hand dyed yarn.

Hand dyed yarn.

Hand dyed yarn.

Hand dyed yarn.

Hand dyed yarn.

Hand dyed yarn.

Hand dyed yarn.

Don’t you just love how different each one turned out?

5th grader Beautiful scarf finish.

5th grader Beautiful scarf finish.

5th grader starting to warp her 2nd project.

5th grader starting to warp her 2nd project.

After finishing the scarf, it was time to start a new project.  So it was time to learn how to measure warp.

New warp finished.

New warp finished.

The first warp is all tied on and the waste yarn has been woven.  New weft yarn has been chosen and the real weaving will begin tomorrow.  Can’t wait to see what these campers will be up to tomorrow morning.

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