Saturday, 26 March 2011

Very Clever Girls!

This is a bit of a picture heavy post but the Young Embroiderers have done such a brilliant job today I couldn't possibly leave anyone out. The plan was to make tote bags using up old furnishing fabrics, covering them with torn strips of organza and various scraps of lace and buttons etc. I was still stitching up my sample at 11.30 pm last night and was starting to have doubts that the girls would even get close to finishing a bag.

I should have known better! The one below is Charlie's which had lovely subtle shades of blue (despite how it appears in the photo) and reminded me of the sea.

This is Grace's bag...

Sophie's...

and Jemima's.

We had four new visiting members including two very talented 8 year olds. Francesca loved using my sewing machine...

and produced this stunning bag!

Although I hadn't thought the pattern through... a tote bag suitable for a 13 year old is a little on the big side for an 8 year old!

Bluebell's was a little long too... but still beautiful.

And there were more... Nikki's...

Danielle's...

and Annabel's.

And last but not least Abigail's and..

Heather's. Every single bag finished (with the exception of a few buttons and trims) and ready to use.

Goodness know what I'll have to come up with next - they just keep getting better and better! Well done girls - it's been a fantastic day.

25 comments:

  1. What a creative group of girls. Isn't it lovely to see such enthusiasm?

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  2. they are all brilliant and amazing that they completed them in a day and at age 8! alice and i have been working with our young group on creating a piece of fabric by adding random scraps and trims to a base cloth to create an all over effect, so not disimilar. it is very freeing for them and rather like painting with fabric. they will be making them into bags over the next few weeks(finger's crossed).
    enjoy your evening,
    warmest wishes
    ginny.
    p.s. i can relate to your 11.30 finishing off sample comment!

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  3. They are amazing and they must have been soooo pleased.

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  4. Well done - they (and you!) should be very proud.

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  5. What a brilliant idea and so cleverly completed by your young folk! I think I will have to have a go with some of my spare furnishing fabric. It transforms the mundane to something really lovely!! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Wow. That looks amazing. It's amazing how much young talent there is out there.

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  7. Stunning bags, every single one of them! I'm so impressed with how different they all are, the colour choices are gorgeous - and they were aged from 8?!


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    The 8 year olds will grow into their bags, I guess!

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  8. What talented girls and good for you for channeling all that talent too! :)
    Vivienne x

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  9. A wonderful project for your YE.

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  10. these are all lovely. the organza is a wonderful addition - making them all appear magical.

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  11. They must have worked so hard to get their bags finished by the end of the day, and with such stunning results too. You must be delighted with them all. It's good to know that the future of textile art and craft is in good hands.

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  12. Didn't you all do well? Lovely batch of bags and great to hear there is so much enthusiasm for textiles at such a young age.

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  13. Brilliant I love it when you all start with the same materials and everyone is unique when they are done ...its a joy to see enthusiastic young embroiderers ..xx

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  14. Bravo. Those girls will grow into their bags. I loved all of them. Thanks for showing us.

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  15. I would be deeply chuffed to have made a bag like any of those pictured in just one day!
    And yes, can relate to the stitching of teaching samples at 11.30 at night!

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  16. wow Gina, they must be very competent to get those completed in a day, particularly the 8 year olds. very impressive! you must be so pleased and satisfied.

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  17. They are all gorgeous. I have started teaching a 10 yr. old to use the sewing machine etc. and what she can do amazes me.

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  18. Impressive outcome!

    I really like them.

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  19. An amazingly talented group of 8 year olds. I wonder what they will achieve as they get older.

    Their creativity must have been helped by their fab teacher! x

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  20. what a fantastic and talented group! Must be the tutoring!!!!

    xxx

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  21. Gina,
    You spent a day with Young Embroiderers and I spent it with the older variety! Well, not so old (as many were younger than me I think)but they were just as enthusiastic. There's great truth in the adage 'catch them young and you have them for life' I hope some of your 'girls' go from strength to strength. Given your support and motivation, I have no doubt about it. Lesley

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  22. Just lovely, I enjoyed the stripey/strippey notebook covers I made for a w/s a while back, love using up bits & pieces & turning them into something functional again.

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  23. It looks like the girls had great fun creating. It's wonderful to see the next generation being so creative. A few more years and they'll grow into the pretty bags!

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  24. What a super collection of bags the girls made. I shall have to get my grandchildren involved! Please post details of events and how to join. thanks, Moira

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  25. lucky them to have you to show and enthuse! Much more fun that needlework at school when I was that age - how to be a useful housewife! Mind you the dress I made for "O" levels did clothe my daughter eventually which gave me pleasure

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