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Sewing Camp!

Our first camp of summer is in full swing and we are having a blast!!!  We already have lots of finished projects:

Pajama Pants – love those little hedgehogs!!

Bracelets, Scrunchies and Head Bands!

Pillows with applique are really popular. The pillow with the hedgehog applique….those are actually pockets!


We also have weaving and crochet happening in camp.  Students really do get to choose their form of fiber art!

And lots and lots of creativity! I can’t wait for camp to start today to see what these students will come up with!

Monday Funday

Class on Monday was super fun and full of creative energy!

Our beading/jewelry making station is still seeing lots of action!  I love what these students are making!

Isn’t this narwhal amazing?!  I love that creative eye!


We are weaving up a storm.  This scarf is almost finished!  It will come off the loom next Monday.

The studio is always  a hive of creative energy.  Everyone choosing their own projects and bringing them to life!  For me, there is no better job to have or place to be!

Our week in review

This week has been great!  We worked on so many different projects and had so much fun!

We had lots of finishes!  Bean bags, pin cushions and a zippered heart pouch which actually has a zipper on the back as well!  Very creative!

There was knitting, weaving, cross stitch, sewing and crochet happening!  And…

something that really makes me happy.  These sewn projects were all made by one of my students all by herself at home!  How fantastic is that?!!

Classtime Fun!

Today was such a blast in class!  Students were working on all kinds of different things!



Weaving with pick up sticks!



These two were...

working on cross stitch projects!



Attaching a zipper.



Knitting - one student is starting a scarf, the other is starting a doll.



This student is cutting out fabric for a tiered and ruffled skirt.  She altered an existing pattern in order to make it the way she wants.



This student is cutting fabric for a patchwork binding on a blanket.  I love that I am able to have each student make whatever they wish!!

Sewing Camp

Well, I can’t believe that summer camps are done.  I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching summer camp and our campers have been fabulous!  This past week we had sewing camp and there were so many good things that were made:


Hairbands and scrunchies!

Lots of bags and a hanging organizer!

Letters, a mobile and a pompom!

Lots and lots of stuffies!

We had a fantastic time!  Now it’s on to our fall schedule which starts the week of August 20th.  I can’t wait to see what creative goodness is made in our classes!

Camp Re-Cap

Last week was super fun!!  We had a knitting and crochet camp in the morning and a sewing camp in the afternoon.  AND of course there was weaving!

 We made lots of crochet stuffed animals!

We made clothing!

We made wrist warmers – both knit and crochet! 

A stuffed dog whose tummy was empty and had a zipper installed to become a pajama bag!  All the idea of this student!

Lots and lots of weaving!

We made bags and back packs!

Quilted items!


And more!  Looking back at the week, I can’t believe how much we accomplished!!

Sewing Camp Re-Cap

Last week in sewing camp was such a blast!!!  So many new skills were learned and so many projects were completed!

There were pincushions!

There were clothes:  dresses, skirts and aprons!  Oh, my!

There were bags and pouches galore!

Many, many stuffed animals!

There were weavings, hair scrunchies, and key rings!  We had so much fun!!  I can’t wait until next week!

Second Week Camp Highlights

Our second week of camp was a knitting and crochet camp and we had such a great time!!

There were crochet animals!

Crochet shoelaces and a knit coffee cup sleeve!

Crochet monsters, coaster and pillow with a backing!

We even had some good weaving going on!!  Our camps cater to the interests of every student!!

We're Back!

Our classes did not meet last week because of Thanksgiving break, but it was fabulous to be back creating today!Another quilt to donate!Starting a quilt.Working away!More sewing.Almost done!Weaving.Starting a new project.Ironing.Starting a crochet afghan.

The Latest in Sewing and Weaving!

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

Quilting some fabric.Finishing up a Cutting her weaving off the loom.Table runner done!Table runner doubling as a scarf for now.Laying out fabric for a quilt.Finishing her demented teardrop stuffie.Teardrop complete!Working on a Lion Pillow Cover.Working on the tail to his Lion pillow case.So many students sewing!Working on the hem of her robe.Hemming.Lots of hand sewing going on here.Hem stitching her woven fabric.Ooooh!   Just about done with this project!


This really is a sewing class.  No, really!

Weavers.More weavers!Small bag.Zipper perfectly installed.Completely lined!TAAA DAAA!!  Another blouse by a 4th grader.

Check out that ribbon trim!

Back of same blouse.Look at all the support she garners for a great finish!A new pet being shared with our class.It's an alligator lizard.Tux the distractor makes another appearance.Hem stitching.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

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 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.

This little puppy is done completely by hand!  Isn't he cute?!

3rd grader woven scarf.

He wove this scarf for his mom!

4th grader blouse front.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.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!


Celebrating her blouse finish.

Starting on a new project.Almost done!Learning to weave.

Another weaver!

Another blouse almost done!Finishing up a scarf for her mom.Our current class.

They were taking a little break and I was able to capture them - such a happy crowd.

Sewing, Knitting and Weaving!

We are continuing to have so much fun and create so many great items 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.

Everyone is making such great progress on their projects!

"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 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.

At break time we played a game with a balloon.

Don't let the balloon touch the ground.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!

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.

Check out that cute fabric and the little pocket.

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.Cutting interfacing.Stuffing her project.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.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

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.

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.

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.

Two students working on different projects, but together.

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.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!Working on fabric selection.Shirt yoke being fine tuned.Sewing.4th grader shorts.Sewing.And  more sewing!4th grader working on her shirt.

Let's see what the kids have in store for us next week!

Finished Projects Galore!

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.

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.

This piece also has beaded danish medallions, but they are much closer together and give a very different look.

Pile Weave.

This student chose to do sections of even weave interspersed with pile stitch.

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!


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.

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.

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.Another project being cut off the loom!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.

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.

Close up details of the beaded danish medallions on the strap.

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.

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!!


Today was fantastic!  Everyone finished their first project and started a new one.

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 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.

Our first finish of the day!  Yeah!!

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.

And here is her work a little later. She is experimenting with color and texture.

Intermediate Sampler.

This actually came off the loom yesterday, but still needed some finishing touches which were completed this morning.

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 texture.Twill on the rigid heddle loom.

I just had to show the intricate patterns on her piece of fabric!

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.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.

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.

She was very excited to cut her project off of the loom.

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.

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.

Another scarf was finished today!  Look how lovely it turned out!

Tying the warp onto the apron stick.

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!

Working on his danish medallions.

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

Those colors on white just look so yummy and happy!

Tying onto the apron rod.

And another student almost ready to start weaving.

Beautiful Finishes and Starts

We had a fabulous weaving day!!

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.

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.

The weaving and hem stitching is done!!  Time to remove the project from the loom.

Cutting off of the loom.

Another project being cut off the loom!  Exciting times.

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.

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.

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.

Our first finish of the day and isn't it lovely?!!  The colors are so fun and bright!!

4th grader scarf.

Another fun finish!  This camper is so proud of her scarf!

Another Fun, Fun Day of Weaving!

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

3rd grader scarf.

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

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.

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


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

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.

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.


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

"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.

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

Wringing them.

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


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!

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.