Children’s Stitching Workshops – January School Holidays, Perth

Children’s Stitching Workshops – January School Holidays, Perth

After running my stitching workshops in July and October school holidays, I’m super excited to be running a few extra ones in January! For more details about Hoop Hoop Hooray’s January school holiday workshops, please view via Sticky Tickets, check out the workshop section on my website or get in touch with me! I’d always prefer people to ask me questions then scroll on by… x

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1000 Hearts Project – Stitching with Children

1000 Hearts Project – Stitching with Children

Some months ago I came across the 1000 Hearts campaign. Started by Sarah De Jonge from Tasmania who made it her mission to make 1000 hearts to give out to people as a symbol of love and compassion. The hearts are made from brightly coloured felt and can fit in people’s pockets. Sarah said the hearts could help all sorts of people in different situations, particularly children.

I decided this kindness project was something I really wanted to become a part of so I contacted Sarah for more information and purchased a few of her acetate (type of plastic) templates from her etsy shop. The campaign’s mission statement is to spread a little love in the world one heart at a time. I think that is rather beautiful, don’t you?

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Over the past weekend, I ran a craft stall with friends at a local fete and took the opportunity to encourage children to make hearts to pass on to people who they thought might need them. Prior to the day, I spent countless hours tracing out and cutting these little hearts that it began to feel like I was literally cutting 1000 hearts. Luckily it was an easy enough task to perform in front of our TV watching! I used various types of felt already in my possession or gifted to me by my friend’s lovely Mum (thank you Dianne Cook!). Sarah does recommend wool because its more durable and long lasting but admittedly I went for the pretty colour palette but will bear the quality in mind in future.

The kids genuinely enjoyed making the hearts and gave the stitching a red hot go, some requiring more assistance than others. The end result was they were proud of what they had made and skipped off merrily (some with a little kit to continue on making some at home).

In the future months, I will arrange a local meet up at Dome Kingsley (who are coming up with a package to offer us). This meet will be for “Heartists” (particularly children) to gather for an hour or two on a Saturday afternoon and make hearts to pass on to people and spread the message of kindness.

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Thank you for reading and I hope you will support this wonderful campaign.

For more information, do follow 1000 Hearts as well as my own Hoop Hoop Hooray Facebook page to keep informed of future stitching events.

Cheers

Elise

Hoop Hoop Hooray x

Kids Stitching workshops

A Supportive environment is SO IMPORTANT!

When I was in high school I got to do a semester in sewing and then ended up learning a bit more sewing through a dear family friend who was like an Auntie to me as well as being a seamstress. Do you remember our lessons with Susan @cherryandsalt? I made the daggiest hoodie!

In my twenties I decided I wanted to improve on my dressmaking skills and booked in to a 10 week Introduction to Sewing short course through West Coast learning (TAFE). I think I attended 2 lessons before I demanded my money back…. The reason being, although the sewing teacher was very experienced in sewing, she had NO PEOPLE SKILLS! I am one of those people that if I am learning a new skill, I do not need to be belittled, I need to be encouraged and supported. I do not need someone to rip out my pins with impatience and shake their head at my ‘lack of skills’ and be barked at that I’m doing things wrong! What an awful off putting experience.

That being said, I can guarantee that your children will NEVER have that kind of experience at one of my workshops! I value a relaxed learning environment that everyone is comfortable to learn and find enjoyment in what they are doing.

Sure, they may feel a bit ‘silly’ if they are having problems with threading a needle and may even get a bit frustrated but… I won’t be doing it all for them and will be encouraging them to persist. And they’ll certainly make mistakes with their stitches but they are reminded (as I try to remind myself) that mistakes are how we learn. Plus, we’re normally the only ones that notice a mistake. Everyone will be full of admiration of the end product and the fact they’ve given it a go and made something for themselves.

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Photo by Kris Atomic on Unsplash

p.s. Pleased to report that a few years back, I did end up finding other sewing instructors that were both passionate and patient in their teaching and I continue to try and improve my skills in sewing using a machine. x

Kids Stitching Together

Social Stitching Workshops for Kids

So just having a little bit of reflection time about the few workshops I have run so far. I have a lot of favourite moments but wanted to share this little one with you. During my recent No Probllama workshop in August, I had 5 girls aged 9 & 10 in attendance. 2 were friends at 1 school, 2 friends from another and 1 lovely young lady who knew no one at all (except me). Did it matter? No!!

One of the most wonderful things about stitching and craft is that it brings people together who enjoy a common theme. The girls only took a short time to warm up before we were all chatting animatedly throughout the afternoon about various topics we shared in common – or more realistically, THEY shared in common (sometimes I forget my age).

When you send your children along to one of my workshops, don’t just think of it as simply a ‘craft activity’ to keep them happy because it is SO much more than that. This is where they can find and build their self-confidence. Pictured are two girls, stitching and chatting away (although not in this photo). It was a joy to watch them all helping each other, giving compliments, encouragement and oh my, the laughter and giggling that went on…!!

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Most adults these days have their “me-time” actvities, but kids still need a break from their every day too. It’s wonderful to give your children the opportunity to relax in a social creative outlet. I’ve discovered the workshops at Hoop Hoop Hooray can be quite the gathering of old and new friends. And if you do have a group of children interested in attending together, why not set a date with me to book them all in to enjoy the time together!

Thanks for reading,

Elise @ Hoop Hoop Hooray x

July School Holidays – a bit belated…

Well ummmmm what happened to July….? Bit excited that we’re only a month away from Spring!let-the-sun-shine-in-e1533287532573.jpg

During the July school holidays I ran 3 workshops with 6 participants in each and ages ranged from 7 – 13 – girls AND boys. I was pretty darned happy with what the children managed to achieve in our 2-hour workshops with some requiring completion at home. Bearing in mind, some children hadn’t ever picked up a needle before!!

Please enjoy some of their Dapper Dachshund and Cute Kawaii Cactus cleverness.

The consistent feedback from children was that my classes weren’t long enough so I have increased them for October school holidays to 2 ½ hours. Hopefully that will work out better for us all. Nothing worse than rushing to reach the finish line when embroidery is meant to be a “slow craft”. Ha Ha!

It was also a bit exciting that our community paper wrote up an article about my small business – please have a squiz.

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Most were very relaxed in the space they were working. Some chose to stitch at the table, others lounged in a bean bag or perched on the couch.

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Jess Pengelly: “I’m so relaxed in this beanbag I’m not moving for the rest of the day!”

All were happy with the morning/afternoon tea & lollies.

Some kids were strangers but all managed to get on so nicely to not only converse and laugh together but HELP each other too. A really great opportunity for social skill building and persistence!

I will look forward to seeing some of the children returning for my school holiday workshops in October. Please check out my October stitching workshops when children can join me to stitch Daisy the Cat or Fergus the Fox as well as other patterns previously offered. And naturally, I’m always working on others so do stay tuned!

Hoop Hoop Hooray!

Elise xx