Friday, 1 February 2013

Warm fuzzies

The other day I heard someone describe teaching as something that could either give you "warm fuzzies" or "cold pricklies".

Wednesday and Thursday were definitely warm fuzzies!

I forgot (as always) my camera for Wednesday, so I'll have to grab some pictures next time.  We are approaching the end of the City & Guilds course and there is some utterly fabulous work emerging.  I am stunned at what people have been able to go away and do after a session of vague and waffly teaching with me...(well, it feels vague and waffly to me sometimes!  I get side-tracked by ideas).  Promise photos next week...

Meanwhile, on Thursday we have been making holes in things.  Someone told me a while back to confront my fear of teaching with craft tools that could potentially burn down the building, as it was fun...and I think I'm finally convinced!

Here is my original sample (in a sudden flash of inspiration it is backed with FOIL - I have after all got quite a lot of the stuff)


And here is Ann's piece, pre-burning of the holes - this is Ann who said she was no good at free machining...I beg to differ:

 

Angela's (also pre-burning).  I love the frayed edges of the silk that Angela has used:


And Carole has been very busy, displaying her work beautifully in a hard-backed book:

 




And Sheila has also conquered free machining and produced some beautiful work:

 


Now that we've burnt holes in anything that will stand still long enough, we've started to play with shirring elastic:


The Girl has also been stitching cut-through circles for her plant cell quilt:


Girl tacked all the hexagons, I did the triangles (because the points were fraying) and then Girl stitched it all together by hand, and free-machined and cut away the blue vacuoles.  All nuclei and chloroplasts also stitched on by Girl's hand.  Since this (blurry) photo, I have stitched it up with wadding and a backing, and Girl will machine quilt it next time I can grab her to come and use the sewing machine...

Science homework isn't what it was in my day...

FINALLY we also managed a spot of tray-dyeing in class yesterday (no wonder the car was laden to the roof!)

 

Sneak preview...


I haven't ironed it yet...

7 comments:

  1. It all looks wonderful and good fun.

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  2. I wish I could come to your classes, it all looks so wonderful.

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  3. ooh - that looks really exciting and some lovely work being produced

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  4. Definitely warm fuzzies! Beautiful work and the dyeing looks exciting too.

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  5. Golly Iz - definately in the fuzzy category. How creative (hangs head in shame!)

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  6. Congratulations on getting such wonderful work from your students

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  7. Wonderful work, good to get those fuzzies!Love the foil behind the holes! Lovely too to get the Girl interested. Beautiful dyeing, much richer.

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