Our classes did not meet last week because of Thanksgiving break, but it was fabulous to be back creating today!
Some students are finishing projects started at the end of the school year...
Other students are working on new things...
Everyone was having so much fun!
I love that the students discuss their project choices and fabric choices with one another.
Such a fun and fabulous day!
I am so excited about what has been going on in the sewing studio lately!! We have had many finishes:
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!
This little puppy is done completely by hand! Isn't he cute?!
He wove this scarf for his mom!
These blouses are coming out so lovely. Lots of hard work and lots of time go into these. Great work!
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.
They were taking a little break and I was able to capture them - such a happy crowd.
We are continuing to have so much fun and create so many great items 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.
Everyone is making such great progress on their projects!
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 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.
At break time we played a game with a balloon.
Once they had accomplished keeping the one balloon in the air, we added a second balloon!!
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!!
Check out that cute fabric and the little pocket.
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.
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!
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!
Last week we mixed things up a bit in knitting. I find that sometimes, especially on warm, sunny days, the kids get restless about half way through class and need a bit of a break. Knitting for an hour and a half is hard work!
Sorry for the blurry photo. Sometimes it's hard to photograph someone's finished project as it is waved in front of the camera - the kids are just so excited about their creations, they can't hold still! This student made a pom-pom last week and turned it into a smiley pom-pom this week, which promptly retained the name of "Mr. Smiley". So cute!
About half way through class time, the students were getting a little bit restless so we took a small break and played "The Marble Game".
First, I hand each student a paper towel tube that has been cut in half. Then I show them a marble and explain the rules of the game. The object of this game is to work together and keep the marble rolling from person to person without dropping it.
Once the marble has passed from your tube to the next person's tube, you run from the start of the line to the end and get ready to catch the marble again. These students had a great time and managed the all-time record of four rounds!
Then it was back to their knitting!
Sewing was a BLAST! We saw a huge Spot Dog come to completion.
Isn't he cute?!
Sewing classes at Let's Go Crafting are always amazing because our students are amazing. The things that they create and think up are so fabulous!
This 4th grader finished his shorts today!
Working with knit fabric is not an easy thing to do, but this 5th grader is making great progress.
Once this student saw his classmate making some shorts, he knew he also needed a pair!
These students are working together on their projects. They are all at a point where there is some hand sewing and it's just so much more fun to do this and chat at the same time.
Another letter pillow for this student. She is making her name in pillows and says she wants to hang them on her wall. Hopefully she'll let me take a picture of all of them when they are hung - I'm sure that will be a focal point of her room!
We cut out patterns - this one is for a fairy.
We pinned them to our fabric - this will be a vampire.
This will be Rainbow Dash.
We cut our fabric - this will be a poodle skirt.
We even got some sewing done - this will be a dinosaur.
Poodle skirt sewing.
All in all a great session and some fabulous costumes taking place!
It's time for another class of sewing and knitting and I haven't even posted from last week!! So many good things to come from Let's Go Crafting. A Halloween Workshop is being offered - I can't wait to see what each student comes up with! American Girl Clothing workshops, Holiday Ornament workshops and more to come.But...let me get to the important stuff for now! What went on in last week's classes?
Campers were working hard today to finish their projects! Those that had finished yesterday, started new projects and most of them finished as well!
Even Kate made an appearance today! She was sleeping so peacefully, but one of the campers felt she might be a little cold so they gave her a "blanket".
This was our last class for the summer. Stay tuned for our fall class schedule!