I've been hanging out at the AAW 3D art class for a few days now. The kids are learning to hand sew by making little felt dolls. The skill builder is to learn to make a pattern from their own designs, cut the fabric, then hand stitch the pieces together adding kooky embellishments at the end.
The plan is for them to make at least 3 dolls, each one getting progressively more complicated. The two pictured were the first attempts from these two happy sewers.
After the first 20 minutes kids were asking if they could just make dolls till the end of the school year! They really loved it. As a lifelong sewer and crafter, it makes me happy to see kids so interested in a medium that is so far out of their comfort zone.
Here's one finished doll held up by the camera shy artist. I love her color choices. . electric blue and hot lime green.
The photo above is artist-in-residence Diane Kramer with her first attempt at doll making as well! Diane is a phenomenal artist. Check out her work too. . http://www.dianemariekramer.com