For Fun and Friendship

For Fun and Friendship

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

WHERE IS MY WORKDESK WEDNESDAY?? 211

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN,
MAKE A WORLD THAT WE CAN LIVE IN..
                                             (Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young)

Well, that was another full week that shot by at Warp Factor 8!
My work desk looks like this...
I haven't touched it for a few days...no fabric has been harmed in the cause of crafting here...

But here, it has!
It's the Year 6 (10-11 year olds) school play next week and my machine has been over in the classroom doing sterling duty.


Whipping up a pink satin apron for Mama Bear! There were four sewing machines on the table..we let the kids have a day on them, making what they liked. Purses, ipod covers etc etc...they designed them first then made them from start to finish. The boys really enjoyed having a go..many had never touched a machine before..same for the girls too.




One girl brought her machine in and was excellent at teaching her peers in how to use it.






Here's one of the lads making a furry iPod cover as a prezzy for his sister. He had really good control!



Sue, the teacher (and my mate!) and I were making the trickier costumes. In this pic, Sue is making the Three Bears' heads complete with sticky up fluffy ears! The fabric was ever so soft and furry!!







Sue will be wearing this 'Creation'!  Oh boy, did I have fun altering this dress for her. She has a rather fetching blue wig to go with it. I'm borrowing this for the disco at the end of term.... ;-)









Remember the knitted 'bikini' last week? Well, this is what that turned into...
It's sooooo cute! I love the frilly border, which looks tricky but was very easy to do.  I'll definitely do this pattern again.

And another ATC from Kay (505 Whimsy Girl) arrived this week. Thanks, it's fab..another wonderful and cherished item to add to the collection :)  Kay also sent me a card made from one of her pictures.....




Mr Goat...he cracks me up! Fab photo, Kay!!

Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..........................................

50 comments:

  1. Some great makes there. I am amazed that some danger "police: didn't rush in and insist that children could not use machines. Great to see what they really can achieve when given the chance. xx Maggie

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  2. You all look like you ar having fun. Love that purple machine! Francesca #44

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  3. He, he, he, that goat cracks me up too! What a great fancy dress that blue dress will make! And I love the little pink jacket!
    RosA # 24

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  4. What a great post Jan....that dress is fabulous...love all the colors! My son took 4 years of home ec - all 6' 2" of him; my daughter thinks cereal might actually be a food group! What a good thing to do - work with kids...so much patience is required - which you obviously must have. My hat's off to you. I love the knitted sweater...it's adorable. I have mastered the knit stitch and make a mean wash cloth, but that's about it. What a talented lady!! Have a great week!

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  5. Geez - I miss a week and I forget everything.
    my number is 56

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  6. Oh a purple sewing machine how FAB is that! Some great costume work going in there. BJ#55

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  7. That looks like a fab time was had by all at school on the machines....I love to see young crafters :-)
    Love the knitted cardy....think I have that pattern :-)
    Hugs,
    A x #62

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  8. Hubby is clearing out the shed...studio....no, its a shed... and he found, still in box (eaten by, 'something') a hand (tiny) sewing machine, I hope it works, I wanna sew my cards! (Ok...sewing things like you do, would be better but it's me, not good at sewing...and all this looks fabulous and to top it...The machine is PURPLE...(drooool)

    ((Lyn)) Happpy woyww somewhere near #52

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  9. How great that you got to have all those sewing machines in the class and got the kids using them ....... Wish more schools did that sort of thing ....well done on giving your time as well
    Lovely little pink cardi as well missed the knitted bikini last week!!!
    Jackie30

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  10. How fantastic that the kids got to use the machines - I bet they had a ball! I have the pink version of that purple machine and love it, basic but fun. Love the altered dress, the pic from Kay is a hoot! Happy WOYWW, Hugs, Anne x #51

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  11. It was great to read that the kids did some sewing and actually used the machines.I love that purple machine what a fab colour. Love the little cardigan. Happy WOYWW Anne x #65

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  12. I wish I could use a machine... would love to have one for stitching on mixed media stuff (wouldn't make clothes or anything!) Perhaps I could come and join the kids in sewing lessons....! Hope this week is slightly less hecti for you!
    Helen 31.

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  13. What a fab post! I love that costume and the wig to go with it sounds great!!! How nice to hear about the kids taking so well to the machines, boys and girls! Great work! Julie Ann xxx #65

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  14. Super fun post... love the song from the 1969 Deja Vu album, one of my faves that I've had to steal back over and over from my DDs until they no longer wanted vinyl. Even I have a cd of it now.
    So good the children are learning to use the sewing machines... I bet most of their Mum's can't.
    Love the dress... you'll have to apply for a job creating for Lady GaGa!!
    Jo x

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  15. Wow, you have been busy!! Wish I'd learnt to sew at school - it's such a useful skill!
    Great post with wonderful pics!
    Happy WOYWW and have a great week :)
    no. 32

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  16. Hi Jan! I think it is great that you had a sew-in at school and it's brilliant that the kids are doing something a bit different with their time - especially now the agony of SATS is out of the way. That dress is soooo stylish darling! And the bikini turned out beautifully! Have a great week MMx #70

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  17. I think it's fabulous that the children are learning to use the sewing machine - but 10 year olds and sewing machine needles are not a combination I'd want to be involved with - you're very brave!!! I love that little jacket you knitted - it's absolutely gorgeous.
    Hope you have a fun-filled and creative week!
    Diana x

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  18. What a great desk you have there today, looks like loads of fun! Love Mr Goat, they are so cute!! Hope you enjoy the bikini on the beach next time! (Seriously, love the pink knitting, the edging is beautiful). Happy WOYWW! ♥ Karen ♥

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  19. Wow you have been busy with all that sewing. Fab to see the youngsters getting stuck in a making their own sewing projects. Your altered dress is cool!! Thanks for sharing. Take care Zo xx 77

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  20. How wonderful that one of the students helped teach the others and they all had a go at sewing.. Love the costume its really a dazzler..
    Happy WOYWW
    Sandy :) #59

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  21. my your are busy as always . love all those fabrics you have especially the bright butterflies. well done too with costumes sound like the kids have great time... well done you i would not have the patience to teach any one anything hope we get to see some more finished costumes and the blue wig!... have Great week Andrea#104

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  22. Well done for spreading the sewing bug to all those school kids. A great skill to learn and you obviously have the patience to teach... love the purple sewing machine. Gorgeous pink jacket.
    Sandra @105

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  23. Oh that DRESS!! Dear me. But where is the shot of the "GIGANTIC white pants with black handprints"? And when you say PANTS do you mean undies or trousers? I still get confused sometimes.....

    Happy WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (19)

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  24. Your desk looks so bright and fun - what gorgeous summery colours! I bet the kids loved trying out the machines - what fun! and that costume is gorgeous. I love the little baby cardi as well - sweet. To be honest, I'm not surprised you are living life at Warp Factor 8! Hugs Cindy

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  25. Looks like that's going to be a grand school play! Is everyone going to yell "it's behind you!"?? Great skills to pass on to the kids, good that the boys are having fun too. Love that dress too, can just see you walking down Salisbury high street in that!!

    Hugs
    Brenda 112

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  26. The desk looks neat and tidy with those bright colours on it and you look like you have had loads of fun with the kids and the sewing! Love that costume... can see you in it at the end of year disco!! LOL Happy WOYWW from Annette #9

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  27. Just a flying visit hun - love what you're working on. Isn't it great when the boys aren't bothered by gender stereotyping?

    See you on Friday!!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!! :-D

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  28. Wow, what great costumes! I can quite see myself in the blue creation! Wish we'd been taught how to use a sewing machine at school...it's beyond me!
    Hugs. Pam#38

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  29. It must of been the week for getting children to sew, even my girl was using the machine for projects. Love that frilly little jacket, so cute.

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza & Yoda 25

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  30. Your bunting arrived yesterday in the post! What a treat! I think I scored big time and now have it in pride of place above my desk. Do show some photos of the finished costumes from the play, please! Oh and of course I have to see you in that outfit for the upcoming disco...+ wig!

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  31. Jan, you are making magic! Oh my goodness...as a theatre person, I am dying to see pics from this cute little play when they do it! How fun to help with the costumes! And I am over the moon to see a purple sewing machine! I'm going to snag that picture--how adorable! (don't tell Violet though, she'll get jealous) Well, Lauren and I are still having a blast going through our MollieMakes and getting inspired. We're going to make a couple of the birdie keychains, and one of my friends begged me to share that pattern with her. I think I'm going to have to laminate the cover of the magazine before we wear it out! So, does it take long to sew the crochet squares together? I only have six more squares to knit before I start sewing my knit quilt together (I guess I'm calling it a "knit quilt") and I am starting to dread the sewing together of it...so thank goodness Lauren is on summer break from college and can help me! My garden is looking good too, and I am seriously going to try and knit myself a summer vest! (or "tank top" as we say). I know, I'm crazy! Sew crazy! I need my own crafty show called "Sew Crazy." Hugs to you sweetie! Happy WOYWW! Thanks for visiting me too! Sandy Leigh #22

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  32. those costumes are going to truly fabulous in the play. Like the purple machine, I've never seen one that colour before.

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  33. Hi Jan
    with the school play coming up you are going to be kept very busy on your sewing machine so I wish you lots of luck with that.
    Have a great WOYWW and enjoy the rest of your week
    Ria #47

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  34. Wow you have been busy! Fab costumes and it looks like everyone will have fun. I wish I could sew1 I was given an old sewing machine but I can't get it to work...... Enjoy your creations and your school play and TFS!
    #40

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  35. Maaaaaaaa indeed! Sue's costume looks just great - indeed, better than I pictured from your description..she'll look fab! Your actual desk looks all pink and toned..sad noticeboard though...shame we aren't about to crop!

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  36. Hi LLJ,

    Wow - lovin' the dress. Oh, but it's too small for my curvey body! It looks like all the students had a great time sewing.

    So glad you like Mr. Goat. I just love his eyes.

    I'm not participating this week but wanted to pop in to visit.

    Happy WOYWW
    Kay

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  37. PS. Would you mind sharing the cardi pattern with me?

    Hugs,
    Kay

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  38. It's lovely that the stamps went into the WOYWW crop for the refuge appeal! I knew you probably wouldn't use them but you won them so it's good they went to such a good cause.
    Jo x

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  39. The cardie is gorgeous and how nice to teach the class to use a sewing machine...I wish I could remember how to use one! Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#137)

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  40. Love all your creations! I love the idea of the children teaching each other too.

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  41. hi big jugs
    snigger you back
    do we get to see you in THE dress
    janet

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  42. Well, first, your bikini shrug is darling! Kay's card is hysterical! Your poor little sewing center does look abandoned, but boy, oh, boy, what an amazing and satisfying week you've had with the kiddies! TFS!! They will never forget the experience, LLJ, and I'm sure they think you are one cool chickie, same as we all do!! (Or whatever endearing term the young peeps use nowadays!)

    Have a wonderful week! Mwah! Darnell #20

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  43. The cardigan is very cute - pretty colours too. Children seem to have a great fascination with the sewing machine - I had some 11 - 13 year old boys making PE bags this year - they were really pleased with themselves!
    Bernice #65

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  44. Don't cha just love mr. goat! I think another altered project is the works for him from me. How cool to let the kids have a go at the machines. Happy WOYWW! Nan G #3

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  45. I thought I knew every Crosby, Stills, (Young,) and Nash song around, but I haven't heard of that one, at least I can't place the lyrics.

    Your sewing skills on that dress are phenomenal. I'm always impressed when you sew something. Have a super WOYWW from #17.

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  46. How clever is that costume and it's wonderful to see the kids getting in and making things. Love that little cardi, so sweet and Mr Goat is sooo cute.
    Have a great week.
    Von #27
    P.S. Can't believe you think 17 deg is summery (brrr) :)

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  47. wow what a wonderfully fun post Lunch Lady Jan!! you do get up to interesting things dont you very impressive this week - am teaching calligraphy again to year 8 next term, so starting to get ready, love the fab get up will look for pickie when you wear it :D thanks for popping over, happy WOYWW Shaz in OZ.x #29

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  48. That's going to be a spectacular play to watch if the costumes are any indication. Blessings!

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  49. You are such an inspiration to those of us who are sewing challenged! :)
    Great job helping out in the classroom!
    Have a great week!
    Lisa #7

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  50. How brilliant to see the children using the sewing machines, Jan. I learnt to use one at Primary school many moons ago but they don't have time for such things these days, maths and english is far more important....not!!! Well not to the exclusion of creative things anyway!!
    Love that costume,your play sounds a riot. Good Luck with it all.
    Your little cardy is soooo sweet too, is it for a special littley.
    Hope you are having a good week.
    Hugs Lisax

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