Our handwork teacher Christine Newell prepared the supplies and taught us how to make crafts using handmade T-shirt yarn. The supply fees for this craft was $12 dollars, no fees to those who have paid earlier and just needed help to continue working on their projects. We were so happy to see each other again and also to meet new friends.
September 22, 2014. A Sunny Monday Morning in Southern California.
We spent 3 week on recycled T-shirt yarn projects. Click on the below to view our craft journey for each of those weeks…
- Week 1: Post-Apocalyptic-Skill Set: Weaving Recycled T-Shirt Yarn Place Mats, Week 1. Monday Morning, September 8, 2014
- Week 2: Craft Projects with Recycled T-shirt Yarn, Week Two. Monday Morning. September 15, 2014
- Week 3: Recycled T-shirt Yarn Projects Week 3: Woven Rugs, Knitted Bags and Crochet Place mats. Monday, September 22, 2014
Our Resplendant Katya
We missed our Alena and Anička from craft group today. They could not join us because their cat Kiwi had just given birth to 8 kittens this wee morning. Blessings to the kittens and new cat mom and the expansion of Anička’s pet family! If you or anyone would like a frisky kitten, you know who to ask by cat weaning in a few weeks.
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Gallery of Past Projects from Our Waldorf School of Orange County Monday Morning Craft Group
Please think also of craft group projects you will like to make or see offered, as our craft group donations for our 2015 Waldorf School of Orange County annual gala fundraiser. It’s still early for May 2015, but it’s good to give ourselves plenty of time. E-mail me, if you have ideas: [email protected] You know if it’s up to me, it will be another playscape set or puppet show set!
– Jzin. September 15, 2014
Weaving T-shirt Yarn Rugs with Hula Hoop Looms!
Christine showed us how to fashion looms out of hula hoops to weave bath rugs. What a great way to recycle T-shirt yarn!
October 30, 2014 update: Rachel’s woven T-shirt yarn rug in Misha’s room. Photo courtesy of Rachel Skelly of Smashingmosaics.com
Lori and her little one watched intently as Cathrine explained how to make T-shirt yarn.
If you missed it the last two weeks, you may click on the picture below to see how we made T-shirt yarn in craft group.
Liz examining the spokes on her makeshift hula-hoop wheel loom.
Isa and the wheel.
Making hula hoop looms to weave round T-shirt yarn rugs.
Janet getting a little weaving help from Christine.
Rachel weaving a bath rug on circular hula hoop loom.
Resplendance of Katya
Monday, October 6, 2014. Progress of the weaving…
October 8, 2014. Rachel’s woven T-shirt yarn rug, finished. I overhead Judy say to Rachel, “Only you could make a fabulous rug out of two X-size T-shirts and a hula hoop!”
Rachel Skelly’s mosaic can be seen on the wall in the photo above. If you need mosaic work done, you can contact Rachel: Smashingmosaics.com
My Needle-Felting Pad today
I needle-felted this Sunday night, September 21, 2014 after feeding the family and our guest Jamie, who is a wonderful young woman and softball athlete. It was lamb stew for the men and split pea soup for my vegan girl. Growing up Catholic, I have a fondness for painted wood cut reliefs of Biblical scenes which adorned the churches I grew up around. I would pore over these dramatic scenes during endless religious sermons of my childhood.
This piece reminds me of the countless nights as a young mother, staying awake with a young nursling until we were the only ones awake besides the morning stars. You may purchase this piece on my Etsy store here: Mother and Child of the Morning Stars by Castle of Costa Mesa.
Knitted Hand Bags with Recycled T-shirt Yarn
Handmade T-shirt yarn is sturdy and strong, a little harder to knit due to its strength. It makes great bags, rugs and place mats because of this as well.
Home schooler and craftster Katya brought in her beautiful handmade woven bag of many colors!
Katya sewing green gingham cotton lining to her knitted T-shirt yarn handbag.
Adrian and his finished little T-shirt yarn handbag. The T-shirt yarn is a strong material, yielding a sturdy, strong bag with low porousness. Adrian’s bag was not lined due to this.
Cathrine also knitted one with a long strap, ideal for collecting treasures on a nature walk. This one below, will be donated to our Waldorf School of Orange County for the May 2015 Annual Gala and Fundraiser. Thank you for your generousity, Cathrine!
Continuing T-shirt Yarn Projects from Past Weeks
Sharmin just finished weaving her colorful place mat (background). Today, she started a crochet place mat (foreground)…
Crocheting T-shirt yarn placemat. This material is hard and sturdy, which is great for rugs but harder to knit or crochet with. My friend, Cathrine, the crafting fiend whipping up a crochet rug in no time…
That one above was crocheted. This one below was woven on a circular piece of cardboard loom: Cathrine weaved this one to donate to our Waldorf School of Orange County May 2015 Gala and Auction…
This colorful place mat above will be donated by Cathrine to our 2015 Waldorf School of Orange County Annual Gala in May 2015! It will form a basket of “All Around the Year Crafts with Christine Newell, handmade by Cathrine Ji.” Thank you Cathrine!
Click here to see our past Waldorf School of Orange County March 2014 Annual Gala offerings on Pinterest.
Meanwhile, Christine brought in some Loopy Mango yarn…
Loopy. Mango. Yarn.
Christine’s Loopy Mango gigantic loop yarn for making blankets.
Monday, October 6, 2014.
Christine knitted this Loopy Mango Super Bulky yarn throw for Julie. Gloria is modeling it for us: Mmm…cozy!
Big enough for yourself and a cuddler.
Upcoming Craft Group Projects
Next week, we will move away from T-shirt yarn. Christine will be showing us how to knit in the round. We will be making knitted socks with 4 needles or knitted and felted bags, it’s your choice.
Above is a photo of yours truly. I knitted 2 pairs of warm socks for my love Bisser (no, he is not an elf, but yes, his favorite color is green) that winter of 2011, under handwork teacher Miss Angie Meier, for our Waldorf School of Orange County Foundation Studies Handwork curriculum.
Upcoming Monday Morning Craft Group schedule…
- September 29, 2014. This week is Grade 6 project: Knitting in the Round. Knitted socks with 4 needles – or – Knitted bag, pumpkins, Knitted and felted bag in the round. Christine also has many small knitting projects for beginners, such as knitted animals. Liz Wenger needs our help to knit 1000 8 inches squares by January 2015 for charity. Please all come and help. Christine will provide knitting needles, yarn, patterns for any skill level. Bulky yarn can be purchased from Company of Angels school store here. Just come and knit. If you choose socks project: No. 8 knitting needles, Worsted weight yarn. If you choose knitted and felted bags: 3 bulky yarn, 2 plain, 1 multi. Number 11 or 10 1/2 round needles 24 inches. Bag size large. Size can be adjusted for a child.
- October 6, 2014. Knitting (Socks, hat, bag etc) continued
- October 13, 2014. Columbus Day, no school, no craft group.
- October 20, 2014. Dry/Needle-felted Mouse in a Pumpkin House! This will be a very popular craft, be sure to come! Click here to see last year’s gorgeous work!
- October 27, 2014. Weaving 2 wine bottle basket with flat reeds.
- November 3, 2014. Complete basket weaving.
Craft group starts at 8:45am. Christine leaves at 11:40am to teach Grade 7 handwork, you are welcomed to stay and work after that time.
- October 11, 2014. Marionette workshop at Maple Village School, Long Beach, California.
- November 1, 2014, Saturday. 10am-2pm. Introduction to sewing machine class at Waldorf School of Orange County. Sign up sheet will be in the Company of Angels store. Class size limited to 10.
Upcoming craft group project: Mouse in a Pumpkin House! Christine’s grandson, Jack made this pumpkin mouse-house below last year when he was still in Kindergarten!
Josephine made this mouse-house below last year at craft group. Click on the picture below to see photos from craft group last year.
October 11, 2014 Marionette workshop at Maple Village School, Long Beach, California. Please RSVP Christine so she has time to prepare supplies!
Please check back to see updated schedule, or look on door of Company of Angels for craft group schedule.
Jzin’s Etsy Store, Castle of Costa Mesa
Framed Guardian Angel, on Castle of Costa Mesa Etsy store.
My Hansel and Gretel, available on Etsy.
Here’s a little kite boy in the morning sun, donated on Monday to Miss Arieta and Miss Kelli’s kindergarten class Fall Season Table. An almost identical one is available in my Etsy store! Etsy store, Castle of Costa Mesa.
Snow White and Rose Red often ran about the forest alone and gathered red berries, and no beasts did them any harm, but came close to them trustfully … More on Etsy.
My Art Website: JzinTeng.com
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My painting of Queen Vashti savoring the mixed tastes of hubris, indignation and sweet mortal defiance against her monarch-spouse who reigned above her. My model was Vanna Mae. More on my art website.
Gallery of Past Projects from The Waldorf School of Orange County Craft Group
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I give away my lovingly handmade dolls and crafts seasonally. If you “Like” my Castle of Costa Mesa Facebook page, you will be notified of upcoming giveaways. Click here to view the list of my past giveaways. Perhaps the next winner could be YOU?
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Meanwhile, please support our local peeps! Thanks! – Jzin
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