I just fell into bed and slept for a full 10 hours, I was so tired. Why? It has been 'Children's Classes" time again. Added to that has been the heat and the anxiety that I will have forgotten something or that something would go wrong. But nothing went wrong and everything went right.
I am always delighted when the children personalise my designs, I like the kids to make the work their own. So, not many pieces the same as any that I spent hours working on but lots that took the designs down their own paths. This class was 'Chicken Scratch'. Some examples.
Woven stars and the addition of a bead as a spacer between the tassel, which made such a difference. Everyone learnt how to made a tassel along with the stitching.
Here are some more with that bead and the pattern is their own arrangement. (The pink fabric is from Ikea.)
I had a big box full of bright coloured No 8 Perle cottons. The children could choose any colour combinations that they wanted to. They even mixed up the colours for their tassels.
The older girls has a small check, which took more stitching and had a higher level of difficulty.
This image isn't very clear, but Holly decided she would do a different pattern altogether, which was very effective. I love the different coloured tie on the tassel.
This is a two day class and on the second day they all came with their ipods and phones to put into their bags. Those that didn't have any of these took money out of their money boxes and other special things to put into their new shoulder bags.
Our little Grace not only used her own arrangement of the design but put lots of colours in her bag.
(The little ones, 6 year olds, had a larger check so it would stitch up quicker.)
That's the wrong way around, this is the front.
There was only a couple of bags that weren't quite finished but I sat at the sewing machine all day sewing in the linings so it was only a little bit of hand sewing on the sides, (which they sewed), some weren't quite finished and those two students only attended the class on the second day.
Phew! Now it's on to the one day class at Easter.