This is Miss Arabella Doll, she came to live with us on my daughter’s 5th birthday & has become a well-loved member of our family.
Each year, around this time, I start to brainstorm & gather ideas for gifts that I’d like to
make & give to my family, friends & (yes) pets at Christmas. While jotting some thoughts down this morning, I had a sudden FLASH of inspiration ~ Continue reading
Posted in BOOK REVIEW, GIFTS, GRADE EIGHT, GRADE FIVE, GRADE FOUR, GRADE SEVEN, GRADE SIX, SEW
Tagged Annabelle, doll clothes, doll clothes patterns, doll making videos, how to knit a doll sweater course, knit doll sweater, making dolls, making waldorf doll, step-by-step doll making lessons, Tasha Tudor, The DOLL Lessons, waldorf doll
I’ve always thought hedgehogs are pretty cute but never realized how much the Europeans have loved them over the centuries – until I got here ! At any time of year
you can find stuffed versions, little ornaments, prickly candies & even embroidery patterns. This inspired me to Continue reading
Posted in ADULT, FREE KNITTING PATTERN, GRADE EIGHT, GRADE FIVE, GRADE FOUR, GRADE ONE, GRADE SEVEN, GRADE SIX, GRADE THREE, GRADE TWO, HANDS, HOMESCHOOL PROPS, Inspiration, KINDY, KNIT
Tagged fall nature table, felt, fibre-work, hedgehogs, inspiration, manuscript, mediaeval, middle ages, needle felting
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
Posted in COLOUR, DYEING, GIFTS, GRADE EIGHT, GRADE FIVE, GRADE FOUR, GRADE ONE, GRADE SEVEN, GRADE SIX, GRADE THREE, GRADE TWO, HANDS, HOW - TO
Tagged colourwork, dyeing mohair, dyeing with children, dyeing with food colour, hand dyeing yarn, handwork lesson for children, Homeschooling in France, mohair farm in France
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
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.
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
Posted in HANDS, HOMESCHOOL PROPS, Inspiration, KNIT, TEACHING HANDWORK
Tagged colourwork, creativity, doll clothes, Homeschooling in France, inspiration, The DOLL Lessons, The Knit Lessons, The Making Lessons
(+ mini Knitting Blog Hop!)
I think there are 2 kinds of homeschooling Waldorf Mamas when presented with the idea of teaching their children how to knit … Continue reading
Posted in ADULT, GRADE EIGHT, GRADE FIVE, GRADE FOUR, GRADE ONE, GRADE SEVEN, GRADE SIX, GRADE THREE, GRADE TWO, HANDS, KNIT, TEACHING HANDWORK
Tagged Grade One knitting, homeschool knitting, Homeschooling in France, knitting, knitting with kids, natural fibres, teaching children to knit, The Knit Lessons
~ UPDATE ~
The SUMMER 2014 Session
The KNIT Lessons
SOLD OUT !!
Click HERE for details about the
FALL 2014 Session &
to access Early Bird Pricing!
This is my new studio in the attic of the Louvre. Cool, eh?!
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…
Posted in ADULT, BOOK REVIEW, Finger Knitting, GIFTS, GRADE ONE, GRADE THREE, GRADE TWO, HANDS, HEART, HOMESCHOOL PROPS, HOW - TO, Inspiration, KINDY, KNIT, Make A Long, NEUROLOGICAL RESEARCH, PRE-SCHOOL, TEACHING HANDWORK
Tagged finger knitting, fingerknitting, Homeschooling in France, knitting, natural fibres, The Knit Lessons, Waldorf Education
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
Posted in ADULT, BOOK REVIEW, Finger Knitting, GRADE ONE, GRADE THREE, GRADE TWO, HANDS, HOMESCHOOL PLANNING, HOMESCHOOL PROPS, Inspiration, KINDY, KNIT, Make A Long, NEUROLOGICAL RESEARCH, PRE-SCHOOL, TEACHING HANDWORK
Tagged exploring fibre, fingerknitting, handwork, Homeschooling in France, kindergarten handwork, knitting, learn to knit, natural fibres, Waldorf Education
If you’ve ever wanted to know how to knit LACE -
watch this short video to learn HOW!
Posted in ADULT, GIFTS, GRADE EIGHT, GRADE FIVE, GRADE FOUR, GRADE SEVEN, GRADE SIX, GRADE THREE, HANDS, HOW - TO, KNIT, TEACHING HANDWORK
Tagged boys knit, fibre-work, inspiration, Knit Lace, knitted lace, knitting, Waldorf Education
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
Posted in 5-Minute Handwork Homeschool Lesson, ADULT, CROCHET, GRADE EIGHT, GRADE FIVE, GRADE FOUR, GRADE ONE, GRADE SEVEN, GRADE SIX, GRADE THREE, GRADE TWO, HANDS, HOW - TO, KNIT
Tagged fibre-work, handwork, Homeschooling in France, knitting, wind a centre pull ball, wind ball of yarn, winding yarn