Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sewing Camp Day 3

Today's meeting began with show-n-tell.
After studying the AHG handbook, Ms. Linda proceeded to expound on some info necessary to secure sewing badges for the girls.

1. Get acquainted with the tools of the sewing trade. Identify and describe the use of various sewing items such as scissors, measuring tape, pinking shears, pins, needles, seam ripper, thimble, bobbins, buttons, felt, bias tape, piping...

2. Identify the following types of fabric: woven cotton, polyester knit, fleece, flannel, terrycloth, vinyl, upholstery...

She did a great job going down the list showing, explaining & quizzing the girls.
There was even a test complete with essay questions.
NOT!

Today's first project was making a notebook cover. Girls had to measure their notebooks to determine the proper size to cut their 2 pieces of outside fabric awa the "floppy doodles" that fit inside the covers to keep the cover on the book.


Securing the top, middle folded pieces & bottom pieces together presented a great opportunity to use basting stitches (item #4).







Rachel decided to pin hers since she's mastered basting.
You think someone would create a cleaning-your-room camp? :-)








Once pieces are placed precisely in proper positions you sew, sew, sew!


Then out come that handy hemostat.






Ms. Linda modeled the latest fashion, a cloth bookmark complete with contrasting fabric highlights and button decor, also known as Project Number Two.





Which requires more ironing of those complementary fabric 3 x 9 pieces, once you cut them to size.







Then a bit more ironing of the decorative stripes.
Yes, that's me in the photo. You can blame thank Traci. [grin]


More sew, sew, sewing. That's what the camp's all about, after all.





Oh.
And maybe some froggy "rippit" too.
But only when necessary.









Once the machine has zipped around inside the parameter, pinking shears are employed to provide that festive (and unraveling resistant) border.

Ms. Linda emphasized that the kids were designing their bookmarks, expressing their creativity.
Q. Did we bring our kids to sewing camp so that one day they will be Designing Women?
Just a thought.

A little bit of time was taken to delve into Traci's sewing basket to discuss the fine art of quilting. Gnarly!




The boys had a great time playing in the wet outdoors and inside with Lego's












before we faced the bumpy road home.







Girls finished their projects at different times & departed so I didn't get a group shot today.

Hopefully tomorrow. I'll keep you posted!

1 comment:

Wife and Mom said...

Rachel looks so grown up now. I still remember when she was pushing around her baby carriage with her rifle on her hip at your house. It goes so quickly. Way to go on your sewing Rachel!