During the course of the last year, Finch has really grown up, and so have your kids. All summer, I carefully considered each of my young students, wanting to develop something challenging and fun for them this fall. What I learned is that these kids have boundless creative energy… They are eager and excited. And they have their own unique ideas. Core to my philosophy of teaching young sewists is the idea that I want them to go home and be able to do the things they dream of doing. I can remember all through middle school and high school, alternately making things, dreaming of things, drawing, cutting, sewing…. Sometimes I was successful, sometimes not. This was the recipe for my progress as a young sewist: I was always learning from the people around me, and I was given a lot of freedom to make things I wanted to make.
So this fall, we’ll be changing it up a little. We’re going to spend more time talking about design and how that translates into a finished project. We’ve split the sewists into two age groups. The 6-10 year olds will be meeting on Thursdays from 4-5:15 while the 11-14 year olds will meet from 6-7:30. As always, supplies are included. The girls will be making several things and focusing on 1 big project. They’ll be able to “shop” the store for their supplies, learning how to pick the right fabric for their designs. We’ll be working over the course of 2 months this time- this will give us more time to complete bigger projects.
The younger group will start with a small, customizable project- we’ll do a bag or a fabric basket (maybe even a quilt- the kids will get to decide). Beginner sewists will be comfortable with this project, and everyone will learn the skills they need to move on to the design process. From there, we’ll be working on how to design and execute their dream projects.
The older group will start right off with the design process. These ladies will learn to think about function and its role in the design process. From there, students will learn how to make their design come to fruition. While we’ll be learning lots of techniques, we’ll also stay flexible and creative throughout the process. The goal is for the girls to have the skill set and mindset to take what they’ve learned and try all sorts of new things on their own!
There will always be differing levels of student readiness. That is ok! Nicole has many years of teaching experience, and is quite comfortable differentiating for all levels. Each girl will have an individualized and successful experience, no matter their sewing level.
Sounds fun, doesn’t it?! I think so too! Here’s how to sign up.
Kids Design and Sew Workshop: more info/registration here.
Sept 18, 25, Oct 2nd, 16th, and 30th 4:00-5:15pm
Youth Design Workshop: more info/registration here.
Sept 18, 25, Oct 2nd, 16th, 30th 6-7:30
We also have a weekend class available on October 5th and 12th. More info/registration is here.
And we have just a few spaces left in our Sleep Over Sewing Party!! It’s gonna be a blast!
Finally, I want to thank you, parents, for entrusting me with your youngster’s creative hearts and minds. Your children are precious to me, and I so enjoy them.