The first of my Fall Crafting Classes is complete. I cannot believe that the summer is gone and fall is beginning, c’est la vie.
A couple of my students finished their tapestries form the end of the Wooly Wednesdays, and several students made considerable progress working on their plastic canvas patterns. I am so excited to see how far my patrons get next week, we are supposed to start on the counted cross stitch then, it will be fascinating to see their progress.
I cannot believe that two of the only crafts I did not make samples of are my first two fall classes. Admittedly, I know how to do both crafts therefore I am not that worried about them, but still it seems a little silly. For my first two Fall classes we are going to be making Plastic Canvas Coasters then Counted Cross Stitch. I plan on using the same pattern for each of them, showing how with a simple graph you can use whatever medium you are most comfortable with, within reason.
The last week of every month is going to be designated as a ‘catch up’ day. That way if someone missed a class or is struggling with something we can get them caught up to speed or teach them the class they missed, in brief at least.
After September, things start to get a little more complicated. Starting with a celebration of National Spinning and Weaving Week from there we move onto the other crafts, from needle tatting, no sew pumpkins and weaving on a hula hoop (or pool noodle), and so much more. I have managed to get a few samples out there, and once I have ordered and received some of the other kits we will see how far the crafting train can go!
To clarify, those are four photos of the same pumpkin, he just looks different from different angles. The little colorful thing is a Needle Tatted Flower, and that is not a demented birds nest but a Hula Hoop Woven Basket. It turns out if you pull the weft in too tight your rug does not lay straight. It also turns out that it takes a ton of fabric scraps to make a rug with a hula hoop, live and learn.
I absolutely cannot wait until fall crafting. This isn’t even getting into the kits I am going to order for November and December. Spring should be a blast too, as long as interest lasts…which I think it should.
Mom found a couple of patterns in one of her Plastic Canvas Books and wanted to see how they would turn out! Without buying anything new, these are the patterns she found and they are made up to be magnets. If you excuse the shadows of my hands trying to aim the camera, these are just beautiful. The Celtic Knot on the left and top right is made out of two shades of green with a white background using long stitches. The heart on the right and bottom right is made from pink, red, and gold using a combination of long and regular stitches on a heart shaped piece of canvas.
They both turned out great, Go Mom!
Before I start in on what I have done so far in 2016, I wanted to post about the Christmas ornaments Mom and I made for the Christmas season!
One of my workplaces has a display of homemade ornaments that the staff have contributed. I used my new Zoom Loom to make 3 different ornaments and mom created a plastic canvas cardinal.
These are why my mother was looking for magnetic strips. While these were originally considered coasters, we both think they are way too cute to put coffee mugs on! The horizontal photo was taken by my mother, all by herself, it turned out really well!
Plastic canvas, from a kit, August/September 2015.