Our amazing upper grades handwork teacher, Mrs. Albert went above and beyond (something she is very good at :) to offer our children an amazing opportunity. She set up a tent with many types of natural dyes, many from plants grown in our own garden. We were able to go out and work on some dying ourselves, We each had a small square of cotton cloth. We got to see a cotton plant and noticed that in the cloth one could see small flecks of brown matter, which we could tell was part of the plant! Each child found a small rock and was given a marigold, a bit of sunflower leaf and some amaranth. We had great fun pounding and pounding, sometimes so much that there were holes made in the cloth. The children were delighted as the colors from the plants showed up on the cloth. We took the finished squares and made them into a wonderful banner that is spanning around the garden and the bell tower. Everyone is very proud of their work.
See some photos below! Ms. Harris and I are still working on remembering to take time from our busy hardworking to take photos for our blog. We will keep trying :)
I hope that everyone had a most wonderful summer. We are so excited to be back at school and start another year of handwork. I am so very happy to welcome Anna Harris as the handwork assistant this year. We will all benefit from her presence in our classroom to help make handwork ever so magical.
Our very first project is making star crowns that we will wear for our Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 3.
We will be sewing felt stars onto finger knitted chains , some of us for the very first time.
Just in case you have a bit of time in your day, there is always room for parents to join us in the handwork classroom. After the first couple weeks while we all get acquainted with one another again, we will love having someone to read to us during our handwork class. As we begin our work, either sewing in first grade, knitting in second and crocheting in third, we will also enjoy your company. Perhaps you have wanted to learn to knit or crochet? We will be holding classes to teach you these skills.
Our first knitting class: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 after drop off. Please rsvp
Our first crocheting class: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 after drop off. Please rsvp