Baked Mohair ?!? Gorgeous !!

How to dye Mohair Yarn - Handwork Homeschool

I love fibre – real, natural, straight from the animal fibre (although I’ve been known to fall for some soy or milk yarn on the odd occasion…).  So visiting our local mohair farm (really, they’re angora goats) is always a treat.  The kids & I pop in from time to time to visit the animals (all 77 have a name) & the kind owner, Lydie, who treats each goat like one of her children.  I think yarn feels completely different once you’ve met those who “grew” it!

Knowing that it was kissed & stroked along the way makes it even more special! Continue reading

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Our Vide Grenier – A Treasure Hunter’s Delight !!

The Tall Book of Make-Believe - Handwork Homeschool - vintage book

There are many “nights-before” which I eagerly anticipate -

there’s the night-before Christmas (that’s usually filled with lots of last-minute making,
truckloads of candy & a flurry of wrapping paper…), the night before my birthday
(that’s when I start counting the years & wonder how many candles will ACTUALLY
be on my cake this year..) and then there’s the night before
our village’s annual Vide Grenier!

If you’ve ever felt the teeniest stirring of excitement at the idea of
attending a garage sale or dropping into a second hand shop – then
this event would bowl you right over… seriously, if I had to make a choice
between wandering through the best flea markets in Paris or stepping out
my front door tomorrow… Continue reading

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My Surprising Secret to Wild Creativity

As a Creative ( I just LOVE that title), I always have dozens
of projects on the go at the same time.  Some are in their infancy
(i.e. still in my head…) while others are almost ready to set out on
their own into the big, wide world, as finished pieces.Rainbow Knitting Handwork Homeschool

Many people ask me how I manage to make & design so many things
while homeschooling AND teaching handwork AND running a home.

I’ll tell you but first – come & meet a FEW of my current creative “babies”… Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Mamas & the Children They Knit With

(+ mini Knitting Blog Hop!)

Handwork Homeschool Grade One Knitting

I think there are 2 kinds of homeschooling Waldorf  Mamas when presented with the idea of teaching their children how to knit Continue reading

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Brainstorming in Paris ! The Story of The KNIT Lessons

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of
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This is my new studio in the attic of the Louvre.  Cool, eh?!

My Dream Studio at the Louvre - Handwork Homeschool I’ve always dreamed of working in a light-drenched space with soaring ceilings…
OK, it’s not really my studio – yet – maybe one day… but I did spend an amazing weekend of brainstorming & planning for The KNIT Lessons in Paris.  Want to come see where I worked, what inspired me & how I created this totally unique course?  Allons-y…

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~ The KNIT Lessons – Make Your Story

The KNIT Lessons - Handwork Homeschool

When you first heard about Waldorf Education, how long was it before you found out that even the youngest children are introduced to the Fibre Arts?

That children from the first grade are taught to KNIT as part of their regular lessons?

You probably had one of these reactions: Continue reading

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{ VIDEO} Knit Lace – A Short Introduction

If you’ve ever wanted to know how to knit LACE -
watch this short video to learn HOW!

Knit Lace for Kids - Handwork Homeschool - Lace Cowl Continue reading

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Winding a Ball of Yarn: A 5-Minute Handwork Homeschool Lesson

“Centre-Pull” Ball 

Here is a quick video which will show you
how to wind any yarn or string or ribbon
into a “Centre-Pull” ball.   Continue reading

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A Call to Yarns….

kkn3 When I was in university, I majored in Mediaeval Studies.  I was fascinated by the language (mostly Latin with a bit of middle English), the clothes (yes, I’ve made more than a few mediaeval gowns), the philosophy (I LOVED reading The Pearl), the art & architecture (of course, I’m surrounded by the real thing now…) & the Crusades. I particularly enjoyed Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day!! A Book Review & A Bit of History

I once read in Christiane Northrup’s wonderful book, Mother – Daughter Wisdom,  that it would be amazing if every woman could name her 7 fore-mothers.

Can you ?

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