Handmade Monday 112 – Never Work With…

Welcome to this week’s Handmade Monday, to catch up with other talented crafters, many of whom are published authors too, pop across to Handmade Harbour and either join in or have a read….

A much quoted text in the TV world is “never work with children or animals”…. I’ve not been working with animals – not sure if sheep can crochet from their own coats, but what a photo that would make!!! But I have had a lovely 2 weeks working with various groups of children ages 2 and above over the Easter Holidays and had a very enjoyable time too! Sometimes working with children needs us to think outside the box or find alternative ways to explain or demonstrate something but for me that’s part of the joy.

Creative Makes on Sat 13th April

Last Saturday I ran a Family Craft Workshop with my friend Karen from Kazie’s Magical Designs. I concentrated on crochet – mainly chain stitch whilst she did beading and papercrafts. We had a good mix of ages and families and all the kids got involved. For the little ones it was necessary to deviate from the plans a bit and come up with some different ideas, such as making crochet rings with heart buttons instead of a bracelet but that was fine…

One beautiful bracelet

Wednesday was a class for 7 young ladies at a local library, making bracelets and flowers from chain stitch. What was lovely about this group was the way they all pitched in and helped each other. Everyone got to complete their piece of work and they all had fun. And they’ve asked for more, as have their Mum’s. One of the girls made an interesting comment that “grannies can knit and stuff but Mum’s can’t” – and to a great extent that’s true although a surprising number are definitely keen to learn. I suppose they are the so called “lost generation” of crafters who grew up when make do and mend and “home made” clothing went out of “fashion” which is a shame but there is definitely a rising tide of Mum’s who want to make again!

All ready to go!

Yesterday finished off the week of kids events with another family workshop in a local church. We had some horrible weather to compete with and the streets were pretty much deserted but a few families braved the elements and came along. Our youngest participants were both 2 and they loved buttons! One handed me a pile of them and some yellow wool to make a badge for mummy – so after a bit of fiddling around I made her a little brooch with a raised middle, whilst the other wanted a flower in red, black with a white flower bead in the middle. They then discovered Karen’s pile of stickers and had a lovely time covering their own little books with fish and princesses. Another little girl came along with her Nanny and made a bracelet for Mum and necklace for herself. I had a great time helping her find beads in the kids box to meet her requirements – including luminous bats! Another family made crochet bracelets, learned to sew on buttons and spent ages hunting out letter beads to spell out their names – we did have to use a few stickers as the majority of vowels and more popular letters had gone!

Would I work with children again? Definitely!

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23 thoughts on “Handmade Monday 112 – Never Work With…

  1. I love your picture of everything ready to go. You look very well organised. I used to run an after school craft club, and it was incredibly hard work. I used to spend more time preparing for the hour of activity, and it was really tricky to pitch it at a level where everyone could make something, as some children had clearly done a lot of crafting, while others seemed not even able to use scissors.

    • I know exactly what you mean Ginny, when I used to help out at playgroups and infant school it was surprising how different the kids experiences had been even then, I remember one little one eating the pritt stick and taking some convincing that it needed to go on the paper πŸ™‚

  2. its great to hear that you’ve been passing on your crafting passion and skills to the younger generation… at least they may be able to knit/sew/crochet etc when they ate older, even if their mums can’t! πŸ™‚

  3. Wonderful – kids love learning new skills, don’t they. I used to run a Saturday morning Art club for 7-12 yr olds. We did everything from papier mache to making tiles and lots of textile stuff. So much mess – so much fun!

  4. Those workshop tables look so inviting – all ready for someone to jump in and start creating! It sounds like a lot of fun was had, too! πŸ™‚

  5. This is a wonderful idea and kids always love crafting. Our local libraries used to host lots of craft activities but due to the cuts they are no more. The bracelet looks really pretty, they must have had a wonderful teacher. Have a lovely week.
    Ali x

  6. It looks like you’ve had a lot of fun with your workshops. I’m sure the little ones had a great time too.

    It’s a sad fact these days that needlework has skipped a generation. Here’s hoping children continue where their granny’s left off.

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