A Early Handwork Skills MAP {CLICK & print !)

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Imagine we just met at a cocktail party (yes, here in France!)

In between nibbles of hot-out-of-the-oven fresh, crusty bread topped with chunks of delicious local cheese, we’d get to chatting.

One thing would lead to another & you’d probably ask me what I do.

Handwork Homeschool Party

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I’d take a sip of wine, then say something like :

“ I have a virtual school where I teach
homeschooling Moms how creative handwork
can help their kids be happy, live well &
prepare for their future ”.

Then one of two things would probably happen…

You’d politely nod, catch the eye of the hostess & float off in search of a re-fill, thinking:

Really?  In this day & age?  Why would anybody spend time teaching their kids manual activities in today’s digital world?

Ohhh, look – mini quiches…”

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You’d lean in & say:

Really ?  Tell me more.  I know handwork is important for kids but I can never really put my finger on why they need it .

Ohhh, look ~ just a sec, let’s get some of those mini quiches first…”

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If you’re here & sticking around to chat, you know handwork is Continue reading

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Meet Mother Nature & Jack Frost

Enchanted Story Box Theatre - Handwork Homeschool

Yes, ladies (& gentlemen) – it’s finally here !

The
Handwork Homeschool Boutique

You know how people say
“you teach what you need to learn”?

Well, that is SO true for me & I always like to add another thought  Continue reading

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Happy Holiday wishes beneath my Christmas Tree !

Handwork Homeschool Happy Holidays Christmas Tree

 

To my dear Handworking, Homeschooling Friend ~

On this last day of 2015,
I’m sending you & your family many great & grand wishes for a
calm, connected & creative new year!

See you very soon….
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Handmake YOUR Holidays : Celebrate the Season with a Brand New Treat!

Handmake Your Holidays Handwork Homeschool family traditions holiday crafts

 

CREATE

NEW Family Traditions

* Celebrate * Connect * 

with 

Handmake YOUR Holidays

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What is it ?

A Holiday Treat from Handwork Homeschool ( aka me) to you! Continue reading

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Christmas Reading (Part 4) – A Festive Book List from Handwork Homeschool

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Yay – it’s almost time to start bringing out the Christmas Books!

Around here, I bring out 1 book at a time throughout December.

Since I’ve been collecting holiday-themed books for many years now,
the pile is pretty high by Christmas Eve!

I’ve posted several of these lists – you can find the others below.
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This one is all about – guess who…

Christmas Book List - Handwork Homeschool Life & Adventures of Santa claus

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The Life & Times of a Beloved Doll

 

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In a small village in the north of France (not far from the ocean),
lives a little girl in a big buttercream house.
She has blue eyes, pink cheeks & long blonde braids.

Every day she dances & sings as she plays happily in the garden.
When it is cold or wet, she stays indoors by the fire reading
her books or playing with her dolls.

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Handwork Homeschool how to make a waldorf doll

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I am one of her dolls.

My name is Miss Arabella Doll.

I came to live with her on her 5th birthday
& I love her as much as she loves me.

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Handwork Homeschool Making a Waldorf Doll

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Often, she holds me tight & tells me her dreams.

She hopes to be a princess one day.

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Sometimes, she dresses me up warmly
& takes me for a walk to “get some air”.

My little girl likes to design special outfits for me like scarves & skirts.
She’s hoping to learn more about sewing so that she can
create a wonderful dress like the one Cinderella wears to the ball.

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Her Mama makes me clothes, too.
She knits me sweaters & hats.
My wardrobe is getting bigger all the time!
My girl changes my clothes almost as often as she changes her own.

Once in a while,
she pretends to give me a bath
(luckily, she’s never really put me in the water
because I don’t think I’d like that)
& she usually remembers to put me to bed.

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Making a Waldorf Doll Handwork Homeschool

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Not too long ago, my girl’s Mama decided to bring another doll into our family.

Her name is Miss Brighit Doll.

She looks a bit like me but has long, bright hair
that reaches all the way to her feet!
My little girl says that it is red because she is Irish.
We both think it is very pretty
& fun to make into different hairstyles.

Her eyes are sea blue almost turquoise.

Her favourite thing to do is sit by the fire & fingerknit.

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Making a Waldorf Doll Handwork Homeschool

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We’ve become the best of friends & like to have elegant tea parties.
Sometimes, we get to eat at the breakfast table with everybody else.
We even visited Paris with our little girl & her family!

Dolls like us have been made by Mama’s for
their children for years & years!

Long before there were toy stores, many children had a
special doll to love & care for.
Mama’s understood that looking after us taught
their children how to love & care for others.

We hope more Mama’s & other special people who love children,
will make more & more dolls.

Every child needs a doll – made with love in every stitch.

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Making a Waldorf Doll Handwork Homeschool


 

Would you like to make a
beautiful doll for your little one(s)?

YOU can make a doll like this (it is easier than you think!)

So many mothers dream of  creating a beautiful heirloom doll for their child & yet, don’t.   Everybody has their own reasons why they haven’t done it yet, but the two I hear the most are –

“I bought a doll kit with some instructions but they aren’t clear enough”
OR
” I don’t know how to sew well enough”.

I’d love it if every one who has ever wanted to make a doll like this could do it.

That’s why I created The Doll Lessons.  

In these simple lessons you’ll :

  • see exactly how to make your doll ( with super-detailed videos),
  • use simple patterns to cut & sew (print them & start right away)
  • have a complete list of tools & materials you’ll need (it’s only a few)
  • &  get answers to any questions that may pop into your head along the way.
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The Doll Lessons - Making Dolls to Love - Handwork Homeschool

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I’ve put together a
Special DOLL Making Package
for you.
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This is what you get :
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The DOLL Lessons

all 6 of them, complete with videos & patterns  !

AND

” To Have & To Hold “

Why Children Need Dolls

a 40-minute video workshop
– filled with my usual amount of amazing images & great in
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Click HERE to see a short sample of the workshop
(only 4 mins )

SCROLL down to watch.
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PLUS – Lifetime Access !

watch, listen, replay as often as you like

For more PICTURES & DETAILS

click HERE

 

You can start making your dream doll
as soon as you’re enrolled !

 

 

Bises !! 

 

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Handwork Homeschool Making Waldorf Dolls

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Knit Front & Back Increase :: A 5-Minute Handwork Homeschool Lesson

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In this
5-Minute Handwork Homeschool Lesson,
you’ll learn how to do the

Knit Front & Back Increase.

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If your child is just learning to knit (or you are), I highly recommend this technique.

Learning to make increases in a knit project opens up a whole new world for beginner knitters.

There are dozens of increases out there but I think this one is a basic everyone should start with – mainly because it is easy to remember, doesn’t leave a big hole & it’s simple to deal with when you come to the point where you increased during the return row.

PLAY WITH IT :

A fun way to play with this increase is simply to cast on some stitches & decide to make an increase on one or both sides of the piece every few rows.  Soon the piece will start changing shape.  If you increase on both sides you’ll end up with a trapezoid.  You could use it to make a small doll cape or knit several pieces in different colours & make your own colour wheel!

EXPERT TIP:

This one took me years to learn but I’m going to tell you now & save you a few decades of frustration.

Try to remember to make your increases on the
2nd or 3rd stitch from the edges of your work on both sides *
(even if your pattern doesn’t say this, be a rebel & do it!)

*There are extremely rare circumstances when you MUST increase on the very edge but they are few & far between.

WHY move your increases in away from the edges?

Well first of all,

you won’t have a jaggy, bumpy edge which doesn’t look so good

& second of all,

if you’re planning to sew the piece to something else, you’ll have a smooth edge to work with, which will make your life MUCH easier!.

If you liked this lesson – there are other 5-Minute Handwork Homeschool Lessons which you can take right HERE.

It amazing how much you can learn in just a few minutes.

Looking for ways to kick-start your creativity?  

Click HERE for FREE Projects & more !

 

Happy Knitting !

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P.S.  For MORE 5-Minute Handwork Homeschool Lessons
– click HERE

Know anyone who’d like to learn a quick & easy way to Increase?  Forward this email !!

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