The "Children's Classes" were a great success last week, but coming on top of my surgery and then getting a wog, I found that I was really tired after it all. It isn't helped by that fact that I have to add 4 hours to each day due to travel. It was catch the 5:30am ferry to the mainland, drive to the city, find a park, drive home and get the 6:00pm ferry home. (Then prepare dinner and wash up.) The first day I managed to get a parking ticket because I couldn't see the little buttons to key in the number plate. (I did manage to get that reversed.) The Second day I parked in a nearby suburb which meant I had a bus trip and a bit of a walk added to the journey. My watch told me I had averaged 12 Kilometres each day. And to think I did that most days when I was teaching full time.
But despite all of that the kids had a great time. I just wouldn't have got through either day without the help of the volunteers, they are worth their weight in gold.
We had students ranging in age from 5 years through to 15 years and all kinds of ability levels. It turned out our little one was the first finished. She had been watching her older sisters stitch and was right into it. One problem we encountered was that some children rushed in to trace their design onto their fabric and it wasn't properly centred. It is amazing what you can achieve with a few stars and some glue.
The 5 year old had the same problem but insisted that the stars had to go all the way around and she wanted a teddy bear on the lid and it must be kept covered to keep it clean.
We had a table of boys, all about 8 or 9 years of age and they were well behaved and great students. There was, however, a lot of knots to get out on the threads there.
We teach the children to use a hoop right from the beginning and the mechanics of that often take a bit of getting used to.
All three of the designs were popular. Some of the older students and some volunteers liked the poodle best. These are samples stitched by our volunteers, great exemplars of what can be achieved.
I was really pleased to see that lots of students choose Chopper.
There was some lovely neat stitching.
And Choppie shone.
Now it is time to start testing some designs for the next class in September.
But I almost forgot what happened at the end of my day. I walked up the jetty from the ferry, dragging my feet, and a magpie did a poo right on the top of my head. Welcome Home!!