When the Art’s Council asked me to teach a “Fiber Fun Camp” this summer, I was both excited and scared. Teaching knitting to kids is always a challenge, especially if they are under the age of 10. However, after the first couple of hours with the class I was able to establish that they were just as excited as I was and in the end we had an amazing week!
By the end of the very long week (9-4 Monday through Friday) each student left with a smile on their face and a new found favorite skill. Weather it was weaving, spinning, embroidery, knitting or crochet.
The first day we all dyed fiber and yarn with food color and the sun. It all turned out kinda pale but it went really well!
Everyone’s handdyed yarn all balled up. They really enjoyed using my ball winder!
Two woven bags using the handdyed yarn on a cardboard loom.
On Thursday I taught them how to make CD Drop spindles and spin yarn.
I even had one student whose yarn was thin enough to teach plying to.
Another creative girl decided her fiber was better suited for making little families.
Crochet with handspun
And some gorgeous knitting too! She ended up folding it over and stuffing it for a pillow
On cross stitch day, one student decided she wanted to do Darth Vador for her friend’s birthday. We found this idea online, and although we didn’t know if the quote meant anything, we found it funny. This is how far she got by the end of the week.
We all had an amazing week and even I learned a few new things. I started doing some more crochet and even got bitten by the weaving bug. Look out world, there are new fiber artists on the horizon!
Oh and we also found a bird’s nest in one of the outdoor sculptures!