Right now I am in my busy time for teaching. I run summer camps all day everyday and am having such a great time. This past week, we were having some challenges in keeping the pins off of the floor. I have these magnetic pin holders that the students are supposed to carry with them to the machines and put the pins on there instead of leaving them on the table to roll onto the floor. On the third morning of camp last week, I pulled all the students together and asked them what we could do to keep the pins from getting on the floor and pilling up on the tables. One of them had a great solution!!
Pin cushions that attach to the sewing machines!!
My daughter, who is home from college, asked if she could help me! What a treat to be sewing with my daughter! She chose all the fabrics, we made the pin cushions together, and sewed the straps all while talking and have a great time!
I even made myself a wrist pincushion! I can’t wait for camp this week to see if these sewing machine pin cushions do the trick!
Something I don’t regularly share on this blog is that I also teach sewing, weaving, knitting, crochet and jewelry making. I host birthday parties and Girl Scout events and they are so much fun! Yesterday I hosted a birthday party for 10 girls and their projects came out fantastic.
The birthday girl and her sister.
Our studio setup with everyone working hard and having fun!
This is the birthday girl and her older sister. The birthday girl picked the project (a panda), but she wanted each invitee to be able to customize parts of their panda. I cute extra pieces in colorful fabric and let them choose and create to their heart’s content!
This picture doesn’t really do this panda justice. Notice the little buttons added to the ears? Those are earbuds and the strings are the wires going to a (to be made of cardboard at home) cellphone. I thought that was super creative!
Blue eye patches!
The party goers take a break about half way through for a snack and to sing “Happy Birthday” to the birthday girl. They also had another song, “Hoppy Birdie” complete with hand and body movements that was so very cute!!
Picking eye patch and nose colors.
Each bear was able to be personalized with embellishments of different colors.
A panda bear made by a student who has never sewn before!
The party was a huge success and every girl completed her bear!
I’m excited to be back teaching again starting in February!!
I can’t wait to get started and it’s such a great name for my studio, Let’s Go Crafting! And more good things are happening! I was hired by our local art center to teach a pre-school fiber arts class and a tween fiber arts class – that will be so fun. AND one of the local consignment shops decided to have my beaded eggs in their shop!! I’m on cloud nine!
This past week I have been working on putting together some projects for a Jewelry Making Workshop for a group of Girl Scouts. This one was a little different from some of the others we have done because some of these girls had been to summer camp here and I needed to come up with something different.
Pendants made from water bottles and acrylic paint.
I made these ahead of time. They took several days as each layer of paint had to dry before the next layer could be added. These will be one of the things students will make during summer camp this coming summer – they were so fun!
Designing their necklaces with the pendants as a focal point.
Each student chose a pendant and then built her necklace around it. We talked about balance, color and finished length.
Another beautiful pendant.
Cute snowman earrings
These were just the cutest project ever!! I had to share them with this group of students.
Each table had two of these delicious platters of beads. They were used to design and make bracelets.
Overall, there were 13 girls in attendance and each project turned out different and fabulous! I can’t wait to teach the next workshop!
My life in the last four years or so has been all about taking myself out of my comfort zone. It started with beginning my own business teaching kids to knit and quickly expanded into having my own studio where I teach sewing (on machines and by hand), weaving, knitting, crochet and jewelry making. Four years ago was when Let’s Go Crafting was born. It quickly expanded into hosting birthday parties and Girl Scout Workshops – it is so much fun to see how excited these students are with their new found skills and their finished projects!
Now I have taken myself further out of my comfort zone and have purchased space in the Mistletoe Madness craft fair. You see, I also make beaded eggs.
Blown hen egg, completely beaded, mini spiral.
Blown Egg, completely beaded.
Blown hen egg, partial beading, inter cene.
Blown hen egg, painted with 3 layers of gold metallic paint and one layer of glazed sealer, pearl beading and a chain tassel.
Blown hen egg, completely beaded.
Each of these eggs was laid by our hens (before beading of course!!). Our hens are hand fed by our kids and let to roam free.
I am always on the look out for a cute easy project for my students. I teach knitting after school once a week for an hour and a half. This session my students are all between the ages of 8 and 10. It is hard for them to sit still and knit for the entire time so I try to break it up in the middle with an easy fun craft. This past week we made God’s Eyes. I used to make them all the time as a kid, but now a days kids don’t have the time to sit and just chill.
My worktable as I got ready to make some samples.
Putting the popsicle sticks together so it was easier for the kids to learn.
Each one turned out differently.
Very muted colors – such a nice effect.
They all experimented with color changes.
I love the look with the variegated yarn.
A 4-side and a 6-sided God’s Eye.
Each student made one of each.
Another very pretty God’s Eye with variegated yarn.
We had so much fun!!
My fiber arts school has started offering birthday parties, scouting events and mother/daughter parties. We just held a birthday party and boy was it super fun!
Sample owl for a birthday party Let’s Go Crafting organized.
This is just one of the projects choices.
How we set up for a party.
Before the party, we make sure that everything is completely ready. All fabrics cut and all tools out and easy to reach.
Parties are three hours long with a short break in the middle for a snack. I totally love when the students embellish their creations.
A couple of fronts.
A couple of tail feathers added.
Don’t they look like they had a fabulous time?!! That’s because the did!