Thursday, July 19, 2018

Maker Workshop: Hand Sewing

Program Goals
  • Teach kids new skills
  • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
  • Needles, needle threaders, pins
  • Multiple pairs of sewing scissors
  • Embroidery thread, buttons, beads
  • Stuffing, tracing paper, pencils
  • Die cut machine
  • Felt
Resources and Display Titles (by Jane Bull)
  • Crafty Creatures
  • Crafty Dolls
We will be sewing a crafty creature and learning some basic sewing skills along the way. Registration is required and space is limited, so if you are unable to attend please let the library know. There is no age restriction, but you must have the following skills to attend:

Required skills:

  • Ability to work independently and wait patiently for assistance when needed.
  • Can safely use sewing implements with minimal supervision (needles and sharp scissors)
  • Ability to thread a needle (needle threaders will be provided) and knot the end.
  • On the chalkboard
    • Tools NOT toys - lecture about needle safety (all needles must be accounted for etc.)
    • Choose a project; what skills do you need? what materials do you need?
    • plan + pin THEN cut + sew
    • Mistakes are OK
    • Sewing is all about patience, planning, and focus
  • 7-19-18
    • Attendance: 15
    • Notes: Most of the kids were returns from last week with a couple new attendees. Not much help was needed, although I did spend some time trying (unsuccessfully) to soothe a younger child who had gotten into a state of exhausted frustration and taught several kids to whipstitch.
  • 7-12-18
    • Attendance: 24?
    • Notes: Everything worked very well this time. I had one middle schooler helper who took pictures and die cut, almost everyone else brought a grown-up with them and I helped the few who needed it.
  • 6-16-17
    • Attendance: 15
    • Notes: I forgot sewing scissors again, but this time I had the option of cutting the felt with our die cut, which negated the need for scissors.
  • 6-17-16
    • Attendance: 16
    • Notes: This first maker workshop went well. I pulled out ziplock baggies for them to take their unfinished projects home with at the end. I had a volunteer and one aide, which meant one person per work table and it was the perfect size of a group. I do need to remember to bring more sewing scissors - I only had two pairs that were any good. Of course only one or two of the kids could actually thread a needle, but you can't say I didn't try....and several of them have learned some new skills!

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