After Thanksgiving Break our students will be working along side several weaving and spinning artists-in-residence during handwork classes. Students will be exploring spinning, weaving, felting and knitting in our library and meeting passionate fiber artists. You are invited to come, too!
Tuesday, December 1, 10:00-11:00 Beginning Knitting Class with Mrs. Albert, $10.00 supply fee or bring your own needles and yarn.
Wednesday, December 2, 8:30-11:00 Drop In Fiber Bee. Bring your own project. Project help available.
Thursday, December 3, 8:30-11:00 Drop In Holiday Cast On. Bring your own project or cast on a Drop-Stitch Cowl that you could complete for holiday gift giving. (Pattern provided. For cowl bring 110 yards of bulky yarn and size 15 24" circular needles.) Beginning knitters welcome.
Small children are welcome at all sessions. We like children around here!
If you are a spinner, weaver, felter, or other fiber artists and would like to demonstrate your art for our students we'd love to have you join us, too! Email Mrs. Albert, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Your handwork students (First through Seventh) will be partaking of the fibery-goodness happening in our library this week. We have invited several artists-in-residence to use our space as a workshop this week. Our parent community has been invited to knitting classes taught by Mrs. Albert during main lesson time. Miss Patton is bringing her comfy floor cushions for use during the week. We'll have plenty of experiential learning since we'll have looms and drop spindles available for students to try.
YOU ARE WELCOME TO COME PLAY WITH US TOO!
1. You and your students are invited to read or work quietly in the library during the week next to our artisans at work. A daily schedule will be posted on our front resource table so you can see what is happening during the day.
2. A selection of fiber related books for both lower and upper grades is on the top library shelf. If you need a book for story time these would be good choices during the week. Just borrow and return for another class to use.
3. I think Mrs. Docherty will be teaching some spinning songs during the month. I'm sure you 'll get to hear them in class.
4. You can amaze your students with your depth of sheep knowledge by reading these sheep facts: http://www.think-differently-about-sheep.com/Sheep%20_Facts.htm
5. Here is a link to spinning terms that might make good vocabulary or spelling words http://kws.atlantia.sca.org/terms.html
6. See how the history of wool intersects with your current block. Starts out with this terrific quote " Astronauts wear wool for comfort in the confines of their spacecraft. Wool protects mountain climbers and polar scientists, the sailors who navigate single-handed the oceans of the world and men 'who strike oil in Alaska. It is a fibre fit for heroes-and for more ordinary folk. As modern as moonflight, and as ancient as the hills."
7. Watch my favorite Renate Hiller video on spinning and handwork to see why I think this is an important traditional skill for our children to experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfoByYLSBY8
8. Bring in your own project and spend part of a planning period creating.
Dear Fiber Artists and Friends of Mountain Sage Community School,
With the donation of 7 fleeces to our school, I formed a vision for our K-7th grade students and I am wondering if it includes you....
In my vision, our students are emerging from their classrooms to see wool being transformed into something warm and real in their school library. Our handwork classes are hearing about the weaving arts, watching someone card wool and someone felting. Our students are enjoying some quiet reading time with the sound of a shuttle flying through a loom. Our classes are knitting (all of our students are knitters) along side yarn being made. Our third grade class will be beginning their study of wool and making their own spindles and dyeing their own fibers. Imagine them working alongside an artisan that has been doing that their whole life. I think it is important for children to see that part of a beautiful life can include doing slow work and enjoying it. Would you help bring my vision to life?
The week after Thanksgiving (December 1st-4th 8:30-3:30 (but on Thursday 8:30-1:30)), we'll be hosting an Open Spin in our school. You can bring your own fiber and tools. You can come for as much time or as little time as you like. I am hoping that some of you will want to set up your own workspace and leave it for the four days, coming and going as you please. If you are here during one of our handwork classes (those start around 11:00) you might get a visit. During other times you'll get a quiet space to work and curious stares from children going to and coming from recess.
Mrs. Barbara Albert