{A Manifesto} and a NEW Training Workshop … both about The MAKING Life

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Hi~

Over the last few months, I’ve realized that it’s high time I start touching upon some important topics beyond handwork & homeschool lessons. Of course, they are still central to everything I do in my life & my work but there is SO much more going on behind the scenes which I hardly ever mention!

Every time I sit down to write to you, I seem to be talking about making something.

The thing is….I’m just wired to be creative and coming to terms with this has taken me decades ! As I’m sure you know, doing things in your own way feels exciting & fulfilling but it can also make it challenging when others around you aren’t quite as adventurous!

This past year, I’ve been working with an amazing coach & part of the work I have done with her has revolved around me making the time to look at what I stand for & discovering my life’s mission.

The response didn’t surprise me much – I’m here to  Continue reading

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{How-To} Fleece Transparency – Painting with Wool & Light !

Do you remember the first time you saw coloured fleece ?

What IS that ?  Then you reached out & stroked it (everybody does)…

You wondered, “what do I do with it”?  The answer to that question depends on where you were when you discovered this natural wonder

Fleece Transparency How To = Handwork Homeschool

If you were with spinners, they told you to spin it, felters would say it’s for felting & little children say it’s for amazing, cuddly playing !

No matter where you were or who you were with then, if you love colour & texture, this simple & beautiful project is for you, now!

What is a Fleece Transparency —  it’s fluffy, vibrant yumminess, if you ask me!

It’s like painting without paints – & the best part?

Anyone can do it !

yes, even little ones…

If you’d like to find out exactly HOW my babes & I made gorgeous fleece transparencies in a detailed tutorial (complete with many close up photos, step-by-step instructions & a material list).

You can find it in the Handwork Homeschool Resource Library.

To get your Library PASS – click HERE.

You’ll also find many other videos, patterns & tutorials in the Library
– & they’re all FREE!

Make Stuff ♥ Be Happy !

Handwork Homeschool - Elizabeth des Roches

PS…

A Fleece Transparency  (or 2) would look really great on your NATURE Table
if you’d like to add a swish to your fall table & get your kids really engaged with it –

go HERE

Autumn Nature Table - Handwork Homeschool

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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!

Mohair Goat - Handwork Homeschool - How to Dye yarn with koolaid

Learn exactly HOW  I dyed this mohair yarn in a detailed tutorial (complete with many close up photos, step-by-step instructions & a material list).

You can find it in the Handwork Homeschool Resource Library.

To get your Access PASS – click HERE.

You’ll also find many other videos, patterns & tutorials in the Library – & they’re FREE!

Make Stuff ♥ Be Happy !

Handwork Homeschool - Elizabeth des Roches

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Creativity…how can you help your babes HONE it & OWN it ?

Hi!

Today, I was scrolling through Instagram & saw an interesting post where some über-smart homeschooling mothers were discussing the pros & cons of allowing children to make their own decisions – from tiny ones (what do you want to wear?) to big ones (what do you want to learn?).

I commented as I’m a total believer in trusting children’s innate abilities to know what they really NEED and  Continue reading

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A Peek at My Future, Future Atelier

Handwork Homeschool Ancient Ruin - Modern Atelier

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Lately, I’ve been casting about thinking….
“I need somewhere to work which is quiet, inspiring & totally mine.”

You know, as one does, when one is a CREATIVE who’s working AND homeschooling.  Not only do I do everything under the same roof (actually in the same room), but I do it with everybody home . all . the . time.

I’d been contemplating borrowing a room at my friend’s house or even trying to talk a neighbour into renting me her unused studio.

One day, I had a flash —- Continue reading

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What is Wet Felting ? : A 5-minute Handwork Homeschool Lesson

Wet Felting

is one of those wonderful fibre arts that truly
allows you to create from the
most basic of materials.
Wet Felting - Handwork Homeschool

Working with a little warm water, a bit of soap &
some cuddly, soft rovings you can easily & quickly make something
very pretty & (if you want) useful!

Learn exactly HOW to wet felt in a detailed tutorial (complete with suggestions for age-appropriate projects & a material list)

– in the Handwork Homeschool Resource Library.

To get your Access PASS – click HERE.

You’ll also find many other videos, patterns & tutorials in the Library – & they’re FREE!

Happy Making !

Handwork Homeschool - Elizabeth des Roches

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A fresh wind is blowing – Brighit has arrived!

Tending Brigid's Flame - Handwork Homeschool

 

A few days ago, we celebrated IMBOLC or Brighit’s day.

It’s an important day in our household not just because my daughter is named after her but also because it marks the first day of MY new year.  Unlike most others, I start my year on February 1st.  There are many reasons for this personal choice but the main one is Continue reading

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