Monday, 11 July 2011

Crafty Bootcamps and more Sessions!

Crafty Bootcamp: felting a book cover
Today we begin our Crafty Bootcamps for 10-15 year olds.  Craft in Kerry works to promote handmade traditions and so this is part of that effort--start the future makers on the right track!  We are starting at 10am and going until 130pm and they will start with an overview on colour and dyeing and then get stuck into dyeing their own wool yarns and cloth for patchwork.  Don't worry, I've pre-mixed the dyes so that we aren't doing anything dangerous with them!  They will felt and do a bit of drawing today and that should be it for today.  For the rest of the week: felting an item of their choice (book cover or phone cover usually), learning to stitch on their sample felt piece, cut fabric and make a patchwork sampler, and learn to crochet.  Their brains will be full!

This week's Handmade Sessions:  

Monday, upcycling clothing: learn to customize and recycle clothing for great fashion flair!  Andrea will show you how to get started.  Please bring an item of clothing that you want to change and we will provide the rest! 

Tuesday, wood carving: John will teach you the basics of wood carving and how to handle carving tools.  He has been teaching over 20 years and is chairperson of the Kerry Wood Turners guild.  

Wednesday, knitting: Learn to knit from the beginning or just pick up some new pattern ideas.  Vicki knits for a professional co-operative and can show you how to finish a garment to perfection.

Thursday, felting: Sharon has been felting for six years and will introduce you to the magic of creating your own cloth.  With beautifully, soft Merino wool and soap and water, you can make your own fabric and products.  We will learn basic felting and then learn to felt a book cover or scarf.

Friday, crochet. Learn the basic stitches of crochet and 

For more information, please ring 087-9111793.  Pre-booking is essential.  Also, we will have a weaving Session with Mairead Sharry on Friday, July 22nd and a spinning Session on Friday, July 29th.  Mairead is fantastic with the traditional crafts and is also quite good at rushwork/basketmaking.  Give us a ring if you want to take part in her fantastic Session!

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