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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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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!!

Impressive!!

26 Jun

The weaving today was incredibly impressive!!

Final finishing touches.

Final finishing touches.

This camper is putting the final finishing touches on her mat that she wove in just two days.IMG_2300

Here she is modeling it as a shawl :o)

6th grader weaving.

6th grader weaving.

Doesn’t this look fabulous?  She included pile weave and danish medallions in a pattern throughout.

6th grader weaving

6th grader weaving

A close up of her handiwork.

6th grader mat.

6th grader mat.

The final product!  Simply fantastic!

4th grade weaving

4th grade weaving

Another weaver chose the same stitches, pile weave and danish medallions, but with a very different look.  This is so fun and festive!

3rd grade weaving

3rd grade weaving

The start of more danish medallions!

5th grade weaving

5th grade weaving

This piece is just about ready to remove from the loom.  I can’t wait to see her finish!

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.

First Day of Weaving Camp!

23 Jun

I always love the first day of a camp where students meet each other and they begin learning a new fun skill!!  None of the campers (except for one) had ever done any weaving before today.

Starting the weaving process with waste yarn.

Starting the weaving process with waste yarn.

But they all took to it very quickly.  In this picture, you see two of the students weaving with waste yarn.  We always start a project with waste yarn and soon move into the more fun and colorful yarns.

Having fun!

Having fun!

All of the campers got quite far on their scarves today.

Yarn dyeing.

Yarn dyeing.

After break time today, we learned how to dye yarn.  They had all different colors to choose from and it will be so fun to see what their yarn looks like when it is dry.

Starting to dye yarn.

Starting to dye yarn.

Applying the dye to the yarn.

Applying the dye to the yarn.

Don’t you just love those stylish aprons?!!  They have to wear aprons because the dye will stain clothing.  I made these out of trash bags :o)

3rd grader weaving.

3rd grader weaving.

Look at that bright, yummy yarn!  I really like the contrast with the dark colored warp.

6th grader finishing her scarf.

6th grader finishing her scarf.

One of our students finished weaving her scarf today.  Woo Hoo!!  She hem stitched and finished the other end and now she just needs to finish up this end.  Tomorrow she will learn to warp and also learn some specialty stitches along with some beading if she wishes.

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