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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!

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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!!

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!

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!!

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