Friday, September 14, 2012

A Word From the Craft Cooperative

Dear New Amsterdam Families,
I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to one of the many opportunities for parents to learn and grow and enrich one another’s lives (as well as those of the children) at our school: the Craft Cooperative. It is a warm and inspiring group that gives parents the chance to learn something new; to experience an activity—a way of working with your hands—that our children will be experiencing themselves in the classroom; to contribute to the school; and eventually, to make projects of your own to keep.
We will be meeting on Thursdays at 9:15 in the parent lounge. We will also meet on certain Wednesdays (tbd) after the parent study group.
All are welcome to attend!!
We aim to provide a platform for the community to share crafting ideas, projects, patterns, know-how and fix-its! We will hold introductory workshops in knitting, doll making, woodworking, fabric dyeing, felting, sewing, and painting. And we are open to suggestions!
The timeline is starting to take shape and it’s looking (roughly) like this:
The autumn months will be spent working on simple knitting, sewing, woodworking and doll making projects. The resulting items will be given to the school to be offered for sale in our holiday auction. 
January thru mid February will be a time when crafters can work on their own projects. Many of us will try our hand at a large Waldorf doll or heavy baby. Others may wish to continue practicing knitting or sewing. Members of the cooperative will be on hand to help with projects, questions and experiments.
In the spring months we will need people to help make items for our spring fair. At this time we will hold workshops in needle felting and wet felting.
Next Thursday, September 20 will be our first meeting. We hope to see any and all of you there: newcomers to the art of crafting, experts and everyone in between. We will have yarn and knitting needles on hand and will be offering an introductory knitting tutorial: how to cast on, how to knit, how to purl (garter stitch and stockinette stitch). The resulting squares will transform before your eyes into beautiful auction items! As we will show you how to shape and stuff your knitted squares into beautiful knitted animal toys.
Hope to see you there! No project is too small! No hands are too clumsy!