Of course, along with the fun of moving comes much un-fun...the packing, unpacking, sorting, cleaning, painting, arranging, phone calls, DMV visits, and on and on.... So that has kept me busy. Although I'm typing now while sitting cross-legged on the floor with the keyboard in my lap because the movers broke my desk and we haven't found a new one yet, I feel pretty settled and am ready to share again.
Last Friday, I was asked to demonstrate weaving to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders at Clearwater Intermediate School. Each year they have a day when presenters come in to share with the kids, and this year's topic was Fine Arts. My sister is a teacher there, and she thought of me.
I was excited to go and share. Two years ago, I demonstrated weaving at the Whimmydiddle Craft Fair and had such a blast hearing and seeing the feedback and interest that weaving attracted. People are truly interested in how weaving happens. These kids at the school were the same way.
I threaded a small sampler weaving onto my travel-able table loom and took several weaving examples to show the kids. When I was done, they were all examining their clothing to determine if what they were wearing was woven! :)
|My sister Kim, niece Morgan, and nephew Caleb|
Each kid had the opportunity to try out weaving plainweave for a few picks, using my bobbin winder, and making a small bracelet with my fringe twister. They asked a lot of good questions and were very polite and attentive.
It was a great program to expose the children to things they may not have seen before: weaveing, interpretive dance, calligraphy, quilting, flower arranging, and many more. I'm grateful for the opportunity!
We even had a lovely picnic lunch on the green space in front of the school, with a leisurely hour to enjoy the beautiful weather and a bluegrass band. My niece and nephew came to sit and eat with me.
It was a great day, one I'll always remember.