Sand Mandalas and Prayer Flags

Here are a few photos from todays class creating Sand Mandalas and Prayer Flags.Here is a list of some of the books we read (thanks Erica!)




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Kids Bazaar Photos!

Sienna over at Hilltown Families has put together a great photo montage from the Kids Bazaar. Check it out over at Hilltown FamiliesBy clicking on the linkAs you can tell the event was a hit! Look for it again next year on the Friday after Thanksgiving in the town of Shelburne Falls………..the night of Midnight Magic! 

Published in: on December 3, 2007 at 2:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Summer Sewing 1-2-3

There are lots of fun projects planned for the Summer Sewing 1-2-3 at CAM. These classes are perfect for a child/adult pair. Sew together with your little one, make some memories and a project together! What better way to spend a summer morning?

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The great thing about this summer session – you can take one class or take them all! Some projects might not tickle your fancy, and others might be just what you are looking for. Like the Cape Class. Make a cape for your little fairy, super hero, flying nymph or butterfly. The Cape Class is perfect for the guys.  What little guy doesn’t want a cape?  Get him interested at a young age, and he’ll be able to sew a button, hem his pants or fix a knee tear.  Then ther is the Doll Quilt Class. This one will be 2 sessions, but tons of fun.  Each class we’ll learn something new about sewing, on the machine or by hand, and get to practice what we learn, class after class.
The thing to remember: Let the kids make all the creative choices. Let them learn about color and patterns and shapes. Share with them as they discover how to make a pattern and sew it together! They’ll be learning about math, color, pattern and sew much more.

Here’s the schedule (see below). Be sure to check the CAM website for items that you’ll need to bring. I’ll be updating the CAM website over the next week with more details about each class. So check back. Your sewing kit, your sewing machine are staples, you’ll need to bring them to every class.

All classes are $18 (for parent/child pair) with an occasional materials fee. Come for one or come for all, but you must register. This is not a drop-in class.

Classes are from 9:30am-11:30am, starting sharply at 9:30.

  • June 5 – Tote Bag
  • June 12 – Zipper Pouch
  • June 19 -Applique
  • June 26 – Cape
  • July 10 – Doll Quilt 1
  • July 17 – Doll Quilt 2
  • July 24 – Bucket Hat
  • July 31 – Belt
  • August 7 – Apron
  • August 14 – Sock Critter
  • August 21 – Lunch Bag

You can see some photos from classes here

To register for any or all of the classes, please contact The Children’s Art Museum 413.625.6826

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Published in: on May 30, 2007 at 1:00 am  Comments (1)  

A world of LEGO

Later this Spring are beginning a LARGE Lego installation project……..that should take us into the summer. BUT first we need you help. We need Lego. Lego bricks….any colour, any shapes…..but they must be standard Lego (not duplo or quatro etc)

Do you know anyone that has a bucket that they are not using? Have you still got a set from childhood? Did you see a large basketful at the Salvation Army for a dollar or two? or at the local free shop? please think about a donation to CAM. If you are members of any lists that could help us collect a huge stack please post this request……

All lego can be dropped off at CAM or arrangements can be made with me

Published in: on March 13, 2007 at 2:16 am  Leave a Comment  

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Sew 1-2-3 – Pirate Purse and Star Bi-Fold Wallet

To prepare for our next class that meets Monday, January 29 4pm-5:30pm, I’ve put together 2 items.

The first is this darling Pirate Purse. Since February is Treasure Chest month at CAM, I thought a sweet Skull and Cross Flowers were in order. This is made from felt and completely hand sewn. I’ve created a small tutorial for this project if you’d like to try it on your own. If you have a chance to make it, be sure to bring it to the CAM by February 25, where all the pirate paraphernalia will be on display.

Sewing 123 star bi-fold wallet

This is a bi-fold wallet with a place for bills, cards and change. Click here to downlowd the pattern for the wallet, create your own applique and follow the tutorial I’ve created and make your own. If you have questions post them here!

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Published in: on January 28, 2007 at 8:54 pm  Comments (1)  

Sewing 1-2-3 doll pattern

Our first class started as counted cross stitch, and turned into doll making. Both included pattern making. Here, a drawing was made, then traced for a pattern.

Cutting the fabric for the doll

The pattern was then cut apart and the pieces used to cut different fabrics for different parts of the doll. We were unable to finish during class, but the doll was taken home to be worked on. Maybe next week we can post pictures of the finished doll!

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Published in: on January 25, 2007 at 3:15 am  Leave a Comment  

Hear that train going clickety-clack




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If just you were a fly on the wall listening to their conversation as they worked side by side.

Parent Child Class
Parent Child Class

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