Knitting crafts – Bella Knitting http://BellaKnitting.com/ Wed, 01 Dec 2021 14:55:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 https://BellaKnitting.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/cropped-icon-1-32x32.jpg Knitting crafts – Bella Knitting http://BellaKnitting.com/ 32 32 Robin Stroot: Random Thoughts on Crafting | Opinion https://BellaKnitting.com/robin-stroot-random-thoughts-on-crafting-opinion/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 00:32:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/robin-stroot-random-thoughts-on-crafting-opinion/

Update on my plants and roller coaster fiasco a few weeks ago. (This is where my watered plant, which I thought was drained, ended up draining all the way through my little bookshelf in my craft room.) The little drip plate under the planter didn’t did the job so I got an old ice cream bucket as a drainer. Problem solved. The recovered coaster (the one that was stuck, pinned between the wall and the washing machine) is now washed, dried and put back into service.

Does anyone know where I can find my scissors? They’re never where I thought I left them. Most of the time, I end up piling my pattern instructions, pieces of fabric and / or newspaper articles on the scissors. Then it’s tapping on that pile or pile of stuff. I found them where I left them, under the fourth pile of stuff. Now if only I can find my cup of coffee.

Lots of stuff is the bane of my existence, especially at this time of year. I’m in finishing mode for a few donation and charity projects. I finished a knit baby set for a friend, which consists of a hat, sweater and a little afghan. The ends of the thread are woven and the set has been washed and dried, ready to ship. A Christmas stocking is on the needles and going well. I finished a pocket shawl for a gift except that I have to buy more yarn to make the pockets that go to the ends of the shawl. I hope I can escape the store by buying only one skein of yarn. There is still a charity project vest to finish along the shoulders and the last Afghan grandchild ready to be assembled. I will be spending a lot of time weaving scraps of yarn to complete these projects. No actual deadline except for the Christmas stocking, but I want to finish these projects so I have room in my craft room to work on new projects.

I often like to read the Family Circus comic, but last Saturday’s cartoon, which featured the grandmother working on a craft, made me heave a big sigh along with a palm of my hand. The granddaughter, Dolly, said she didn’t know you could use chopsticks to sew. In all of my years of sewing, I can honestly say that I have never used chopsticks to sew items together. I use a sewing machine or sew the item by hand using a sewing needle. If you watch the cartoon, the grandmother is working on a knitting project, ergo using “two sticks” to knit. You can, however, use chopsticks to make a knitting project, but sewing is not one of those crafts for chopsticks or knitting needles. I’m sure Family Circus will get a lot of feedback from knitting and sewing craftsmen about this cartoon.

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Visiting Expo 2020 Dubai this weekend is a cinch, with adventure, crafts, shows and free food for the little ones https://BellaKnitting.com/visiting-expo-2020-dubai-this-weekend-is-a-cinch-with-adventure-crafts-shows-and-free-food-for-the-little-ones/ Fri, 26 Nov 2021 04:28:14 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/visiting-expo-2020-dubai-this-weekend-is-a-cinch-with-adventure-crafts-shows-and-free-food-for-the-little-ones/

The list of outlets includes Veg’d, Farrago Express, XSYT and Mudra in the Sustainability Pavilion; Alif Café by farm2table and Farrago in the Mobility Pavilion; Gastro Roots of Hungary in the Hungarian pavilion; Canvas of Coffee Culture in the Opportunity pavilion; and Garden on 1 – Sports Bar, Kojaki, Baron, The National, Scarpetta, Adrift Burger Bar, Kutir, Long Chim, Bread Ahead Bakery & School, Café Milano, Alkebulan the African Dining Hall and Rising Flavors.

Sprout is also offering a combined Golden Jubilee meal for parents and children to celebrate the UAE’s 50th anniversary.e anniversary, including a main course, side dish and fruit ice cream, all for 50 AED, available anytime. And if you’re at Expo 2020 on Friday, November 26, stop by the Arabian Tea House restaurant from 1000 GST to meet its colorful mascot, Umm Maryam, or head to the Grenada pavilion on Friday, 1700. to 1900 GST for a hot chocolate tasting with one of the best producers in the country.

Arts, culture and science

Arts and crafts showings abound at the Expo this weekend. Discover Hammour House, the experiential art installation and community project to raise awareness of endangered coral ecosystems, with its tapestry made by students representing marine life. Doors open from 1000 to 1800 GST on Saturdays for a week-long drop-in knitting class, with artists teaching techniques for knitting your own sea creatures.

Or head to the Saudi Arabia Pavilion for its “Al Qatt Al Asiri & Tiles Painting” classes on Friday or Saturday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm GST. Described as a family-friendly, educational, interactive and demonstrative workshop, the colors and patterns represent much more than the creations themselves, with this ancient art form listed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity .

Visit the Chinese pavilion to meet Youyou, the panda robot, who can perform tai chi movements, hold a pen, and act as a general guide. If you are outside the pavilion in the evening at 2000 or 2100 GST, you can witness the light and drone show, with the exterior and its LEDs providing a fantastic display.

To find out what other country pavilions have to offer children, download one of the Expo’s interactive tours. The Press Play visitor route is ideally suited for curious young minds, including animals from Tonga, video games from Belarus and Monaco, traditional games from Ethiopia and innovative playground from Bulgaria – which converts the children’s kinetic game in light. It also includes other kid-focused attractions, such as Rashid’s Playground.

Live shows

There are a lot of stages around the Expo site, offering live music and dance performances, but something very geared towards babies, toddlers, older children and families is Kinder Musik on the Earth Stage, which takes place Friday and Saturday starting at 2:10 pm Instructors use the piano and percussion to entertain toddlers and take them on a journey of musical development.

So who could visit the Expo and miss a show at Al Wasl Dome – the world’s largest 360-degree projection surface? Children will appreciate for sure Become a Guardian of Al Wasl, airs Friday at 1805 GST and Saturday at 2045 GST, featuring Expo mascots Rashid and Latifa.

Children’s winter camp

Want your kids to see jugglers, waders and magicians, have their faces painted or make a canvas themselves? Then Expo 2020 Kids Winter Camp from December 15 is for you. Other activities include sand art, picture frame design, painting, and paper flower crafts.

A range of tickets for Expo 2020 Dubai are on sale now at www.expo2020dubai.com, and entry for those under 18 is free.

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Where To Find Crafts And Markets For Small Businesses The 21st show https://BellaKnitting.com/where-to-find-crafts-and-markets-for-small-businesses-the-21st-show/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 15:17:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/where-to-find-crafts-and-markets-for-small-businesses-the-21st-show/

While some small businesses have only closed their doors temporarily during the lockdown months – taking a hard hit along the way – many businesses, particularly in Illinois, have closed permanently. On the flip side, long lockouts and enduring quarantines offered a lot of extra free time that they never thought they would have and with that, a chance to start new hobbies and creative pursuits. For many, the pandemic has been a window into craftsmanship and ultimately the start of a small business making jewelry, knitting, woodcarving and more. For others, it meant making sure the vendors had their own homes to sell their handicrafts and local products. We spoke about running a small business during the pandemic with three small business owners from central Illinois.

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Artist and owner of an In and Out store in Northwoods Mall, Peoria

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Owner of Shard of Rhonda

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Owner of Unique products

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Seattle DIY School for Adults Teaches Crafts and Self-Confidence https://BellaKnitting.com/seattle-diy-school-for-adults-teaches-crafts-and-self-confidence/ Mon, 15 Nov 2021 18:45:08 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/seattle-diy-school-for-adults-teaches-crafts-and-self-confidence/ If you’ve ever watched NBC’s craft competition show, “Making It” and thought you could never do it, then you’d be wrong. At least that’s what Kiya Schnorr says. She is one of the teachers of Seattle works – an adult craft school that provides the tools and expert know-how to learn something new and come away with something to cherish.

During a recent mini crown making class, Schnorr said she has never seen a creation go sideways. “People always ask me, ‘You mean you’ve never seen ugly crowns? And I say, ‘No, I didn’t.’ “

Granted, Schnorr has said that working with imperfect supplies found in nature is more forgiving than other craft materials, but in his eyes every wreath that leaves the store is a work of art.

Kiya Schnorr shows off her wreath-making skills.

Jeffrey Totey

Other teachers, like Robin, echo the same sentiment. Robin teaches the basics of bulk greeting card printing and when attendees find errors in their finished prints, she is quick to point out any flaws found in some of the store’s display items and tell attendees how. she’d rather see a few “mistakes” here and there instead of a perfect greeting card found in a card store. It’s all part of the manufacturing experience.

All of The Works teachers offer clear advice on how to create the task at hand without micromanaging participants. And it only takes a few minutes to see how dedicated they are to empowering others because they believe that art and fellowship not only go hand in hand, but it is this shared experience that is important.

Robin to explain the process of bulk printing greeting cards.

Robin to explain the process of bulk printing greeting cards.

Jeffrey Totey

Kellie Phelan founded The Works and settled down about three years ago. She told SeattlePI that initially she taught stripping and knitting classes. Phelan is a lot busier now, but she still manages to find time to teach her specialties every now and then. Today, the store offers a greater variety of classes with a strong team of creative people teaching cooking tips, flower arrangement methods, and crafts.

“People have said to me, ‘I feel like I just got into Pinterest,’” says Phelan. And she is not wrong. Unlike a cluttered craft business, The Works is a bright, bright and welcoming space where the sky is the limit for creativity.

The DIY school is a business owned and operated by women and, unsurprisingly, most of the clientele are too. Even so, most men will feel right at home here. The place is meant to serve as a creative outlet for adults, but children are not off limits. In fact, Phelan says everyone is always welcome, bar none.

Kellie Phelan, Founder of The Works Seattle.

Kellie Phelan, Founder of The Works Seattle.

The works

The Works was just barely catching its pace when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. And like so many other local businesses, Phelan and company had to learn how to pivot. If the students could no longer come to The Works, the teachers would only have to go to the students. Instead of thinking outside the box, they turned the concept inward by thinking inside the box and creating DIY home kits.

DIY Boxes, which can be shipped anywhere in the country, contain some amazing kits that look deceptively small, but are actually packed with good stuff. For example, the cookie decorating kit contains piping bags, tips, cookie cutter, meringue powder, food coloring, baking paper, and step-by-step instructions. Each box also provides access to an online video tutorial, recipes (for yourself to use after mastering the dozen cookies), and even a playlist of personalized cookie kits to inspire you.

The Works Cookie Decorating Kit.

The Works Cookie Decorating Kit.

Jeffrey Totey

The kits, which range in price from $ 30 to $ 60, offer essentially the same experience as the classes offered inside the store. But now that The Works has started welcoming guests for in-person classes, artisans have a choice.


The Works Seattle is located at 151 12th Ave. To learn more or to schedule a class, visit their website or call 206-475-5974.



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PHOTOS: Regional artisans bring unique crafts and treats to Casper https://BellaKnitting.com/photos-regional-artisans-bring-unique-crafts-and-treats-to-casper/ Sat, 13 Nov 2021 09:29:53 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/photos-regional-artisans-bring-unique-crafts-and-treats-to-casper/

CASPER, Wyo. – Over 200 vendors are set up this weekend at what is billed as “Wyoming’s Greatest Craft Fair.” This is the 30th annual Community Recreation Foundation event, according to Joy Lammers of the Casper Recreation Division.

The craft fair continues Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Proceeds from the $ 3 admission go towards scholarships for senior children and families for access to facilities and classes through the city’s recreational division.

(Grégoire Hirst)

There are also vendor gift bags for raffles, which go towards next year’s operating costs.

There is something for everyone, including men, said Lammers: “It’s not just about knitting and sewing.

One example would be Ron Roemmich’s metal recreations of the vehicles that populate the oilfield, which he began building after withdrawing from the rigs. His wife Steph said it kept him busy and out of the kitchen.

Ron and Steph Roemmich (Gregory Hirst)

Lammers said artisan foods are popular choices and his favorite part of the craft fair. There’s fudge, peanut crisp, cheesecake, flavored peanut butter, bread, and local honey infused with spices.

There are also plenty of hand-sewn functional clothing, decorations, and tote bags that people can buy to start crossing people off their holiday shopping lists. Some had this intention, but ended up finding things on their own.

Casper’s mother-daughter team Heather and Saybin Corra are avowed lovers of the ‘strange’, and their concrete planters fashioned into skulls and coffins are proof of that.

The concrete planters of Heather and Saybin Corra (Gregory Hirst)

It was Heather’s husband who suggested they could sell more containers if they were filled with plants. Of course, the brain cactus does the trick.

“Succulents love concrete,” Heather said.

Community Recreation Foundation 30th Annual Craft Fair (Gregory Hirst)

Other items available include pottery, turned wood items, sheet metal painting, candles, gemstones, hand-sewn items, essential oils, jewelry, crochet and knit items, wares baked goods, candy and even items from a few home businesses such as Scentsy Toys and Discovery.

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Emotional Toolkit, Veterans Day, Assabet Craft Fair, and Free Art https://BellaKnitting.com/emotional-toolkit-veterans-day-assabet-craft-fair-and-free-art/ Mon, 08 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/emotional-toolkit-veterans-day-assabet-craft-fair-and-free-art/

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Above: Highlights this week include the annual Veterans Day parade and ceremony. (Photo by Beth Melo)

Here are the highlights of what’s happening around town this week.

Monday, November 8, 2021

  • Youth writing club (3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) @ zoom: Southborough Library is home to this virtual creative writing club for ages 10-18. Zoom sessions are a fun and encouraging space to get creative and develop skills with peers. For more details see dedicated post.
  • Wellness series: emotional toolkit (7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) @ zoom: The free wellness series for ages 12 and up is offered by Southborough Library and Jill Vroman Fitness & Wellness. This session, discover your emotions and how they can impact your health. Pre-register by sending an email to rdonovan@cwmars.org. For more details, see the dedicated article.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

  • Bodybuilding classes for seniors (8:30 am) @ zoom: Pre-registration required. For more details on semi-weekly classes, see the newsletter.
  • Advanced Tai Chi for Seniors (9.45am) @ zoom: Pre-registration required. For more details on semi-weekly classes, see the newsletter.
  • Preschool Story Time (10:30 am – 11:15 am) @ Southborough Library Children’s Room: Join Miss Kim for stories and crafts based on a weekly theme. No registration required.
  • Senior singers (11:00 am) @ Southborough Senior Center: Weekly singing group rehearsal open to all seniors in the area, regardless of singing ability. For more details see dedicated post..
  • Bridge (12:30 p.m.) @ Southborough Senior Center: A weekly card group, welcoming new participants. For more details, contact the Seniors Center at 508-229-4453.
  • Knitting club (1:00 p.m.) @ Southborough Senior Center: Knitters, welcoming new members. For more details, contact the Seniors Center at 508-229-4453.
  • Tech Time Tuesday (4:00 PM – 5:00 PM) @ Southborough Library Teen Room: Need help with tech? Library staff and teen volunteers will go out of their way to help you. Bring questions about eBooks and eBooks. This is a downside event; no registration required. Sessions are limited to 1 hour maximum.

Wednesday 10 November 2021

  • Elder law advice (10:00 am – 10:45 am) @zoom: A lawyer specializing in elder law will offer Southborough seniors free personalized legal advice in scheduled remote sessions. To register, call the Seniors Center at (508) 229-4453 to reserve a time slot. For more details, see the bulletin.
  • Beginnings of the young STEM scientist (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) @ zoom: this is a free weekly virtual series for children aged 3 to 6 to learn STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts through hands-on activities , story time and simple experiences. This is provided by the YMCA of Central MA but hosted by the Southborough Library. To register, email Kim Ivers at kivers@southboroughma.com or call 508-485-5031.

Veterans Day – Thursday 11 November 2021

  • Federal holiday: No public school today. The buildings of the city are closed (Town Hall, Library, Seniors Center.)
  • Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony (10:45 am) @ All Wars Memorial: After a short parade from the community house, veterans will lead the town’s annual ceremony, featuring readings and patriotic music. For more details, see the dedicated article.

Friday 12 November 2021

  • Canasta (10:00 am) @ Southborough Senior Center: A weekly card group. For more details, contact the Seniors Center at 508-229-4453.
  • Billiards (8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) @ Southborough Senior Center: Weekly walk-in game. For more details, contact the Seniors Center at 508-229-4453.
  • Dull Men’s Club (10h00) @ zoom: Relaxed social club for senior men. New members are always welcome. To be added to zoom mailing lists, contact the Seniors Center at 508-229-4453.

Saturday 13 November 2021

  • Assabet Valley Crafts Fair (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) @ Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, 215 Fitchburg St, Marlborough: AVRTHS invites the community to join them for its annual Craft Fair featuring a variety of artisans, vendors, food dealerships and a raffle. For more details see dedicated post.
  • Drop in art (10:30 am – 12 noon) @ Southborough Library: The Southborough Library is hosting this free art session for children ages 5 and up. Children will make a paper “thank you tree” to show what they are grateful for. No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Southborough Library.

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The best parts to buy from the range https://BellaKnitting.com/the-best-parts-to-buy-from-the-range/ Thu, 28 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/the-best-parts-to-buy-from-the-range/

Aldi’s has brought back its Specialbuy hobby and craft line and it’s great for craft lovers.

Whether you like crochet, candle making, or embroidery, the budget retailer’s range is great for stocking up on all the basics cheaply, with items starting at just £ 2.99.

Highlights include Aldi’s best-selling Necchi digital sewing machine, which features 100 built-in stitches and costs £ 149.99.

However, the range also includes a variety of essentials such as the So Crafty Macramé Yarn Bundl.e, which contains 12 balls of yarn in six beautiful colors for under £ 24.

There is also a brush set with 10 brushes and a brush roller for £ 4.99.

The collection also includes a macrame kit as well as an adorable crochet bunny kit, both of which could make great gifts for your loved ones this Christmas.

Check out our 14 favorite pieces from the collection below or purchase the full line here.

1

Necchi NM2000 Digital Sewing Machine

Necchi
aldi.co.uk

£ 149.99

This high value sewing machine features automatic needle threader, easy thread trimming and twin needle function.

With 100 built-in stitches and a digital display, it can do everything from stand-up sewing and repairs to tailoring, quilting, crafts and more.

2

60 Piece Script Art Set

The Script 60 Piece Art Set is a fantastic starter kit for budding creatives. It comes packaged in a carrying case, which makes it perfect for artists on the go.

3

Necchi serger

Necchi
aldi.co.uk

£ 149.99

This Necchi serger is a handy tool and a great addition to your sewing machine. It can sew with three and four threads at a time, creating several different finished edges. It only remains to determine what you are going to do for your next project.

4

Grafix Paint Your Own Tipi

Grafix
aldi.co.uk

£ 29.99

Your little ones will love decorating their own teepee by painting over their favorite colors and patterns. Keep it in their room or in your garden during the summer months.

5

So Crafty Amigurumi Yarn 72 Pack

With this kit you will get all the yarn you need to start Amigurumi, the art of crochet mini characters. Made from 100% cotton, it’s soft to the touch and there are over 36 colors to choose from!

6

So Crafty Macrame Kit

This macrame kit is a perfect chic gift. Whether you want to make it yourself and give it to a loved one or just give the kit to a friend or family member to do on their own, you won’t be disappointed with the end result.

7

So Crafty crochet blanket kit

Interested in crochet? This kit including yarn, hook, darning needle and instructions for easy use is exactly what you need to learn the trade. Plus, you will get this wonderful blanket because of your hard work.

8

Tie Dye Hinkler Craft Kit

Hinkler
aldi.co.uk

£ 4.99

Tie-dye prints have grown in popularity in recent years and if you’re looking to learn the craft, this kit has everything you need to get started.

9

Bunny crochet kit

This fun kit contains everything you need to start an activity that is both satisfying and relaxing. Tackle a new skill, with the helpful instructions you’ll be making a bunny in no time.

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Hinkler Candle Making Kit

Hinkler
aldi.co.uk

£ 4.99

This basic kit is ideal for those who want to try candle making without spending too much. It comes with simple step-by-step instructions that will help you learn a whole new skill. In addition, you will have something fun and useful to show for your hard work.

11

So Crafty Crochet Wall Hanging Kit

This kit includes everything you need to create your own handmade wall hanging, perfect to brighten up any room or as a gift for a loved one!

12

Hinkler Bath Bomb Making Kit

Hinkler
aldi.co.uk

£ 4.99

Try something new with this Hinkler Bath Bomb Making Kit from Curious Universe. Containing everything you need to create and craft. Follow the step by step instructions and before long you will have learned a complete new skill.

13

13W Ferrex Engraving Tool

Add decorative touches to metal, glass, wood, plastic, ceramic or leather with the Ferrex engraving tool. It is an affordable and efficient alternative to larger and more expensive burners.

14

So Crafty Can Storage Case

Make sure you have everything you need to create with the So Crafty Bobbin Storage Case, which includes 25 spools. It’s a must-have for those who love to create and DIY.

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Candyland Crafts has been satisfying sweet cravings for 35 years https://BellaKnitting.com/candyland-crafts-has-been-satisfying-sweet-cravings-for-35-years/ Thu, 14 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/candyland-crafts-has-been-satisfying-sweet-cravings-for-35-years/

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – With over 3,000 molds, Candyland Crafts in Raritan cooks up an endless abundance of sweet treats for Halloween.

Barry Krinsky started out as an engineer and then changed his mode when he started selling to chocolate companies. Then, after selling molds to the previous owners for many years, Krinsky took over their business.

Krinsky moved the business to 44 W Somerset St. in Raritan three years ago and “invigorates” the entire confectionery industry with a long list of classes for children and adults as well as endless supplies.

A favorite family craft is chocolate lollipops which only take a few minutes to complete. Take a sachet of melted chocolate, put it in the microwave for a minute, pour it into a mold and then let it sit in the freezer for five minutes to cool.

“It’s really simple and a great activity for kids,” Krinsky said.

The store also offers cakes, broken hearts, cake pops, cocoa bombs, chocolate bars, chocolate covered Oreos, cookies and more. All items are available for purchase ready to use or supplies are available to make them yourself.

When the pandemic struck, store manager Renee Hambrick said she saw an increase in chocolate sales.

“People are doing a lot more with chocolate,” Hambrick said.

Specifically, in the summer, Hambrick said there were many more children attending summer camp classes, which then led to a boy’s own business.

Classes are especially useful for anyone learning to make their own sweet treats. Classes can be designed for kids or adults with Friday night cupcakes and cocktails, which is BYOB.

Krinsky said they also ran classes for corporate events as part of a team-building experience.

Overall, Krinsky said it provides family fun and a way for others to share a hobby together.

For more information on Candyland’s crafts and classes, visit candylandcrafts.com Where facebook.com/candylandraritan.

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Finlandia American Folk School holds music and craft classes in Finlandia | News, Sports, Jobs https://BellaKnitting.com/finlandia-american-folk-school-holds-music-and-craft-classes-in-finlandia-news-sports-jobs/ Mon, 11 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/finlandia-american-folk-school-holds-music-and-craft-classes-in-finlandia-news-sports-jobs/

HANCOCK – Fall classes are underway at the Ruska Festival at the Finnish American Folk School in Hancock. Registration is still open for certain courses and workshops, including two unique musical opportunities. Kay Seppala will teach 5-String Kantele for Beginners in the hall of the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock from Tuesday October 12 to November 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The kantele, a plucked string harp, is Finland’s national instrument. Students can bring their own kantele or borrow one from the Heritage Center. In November, the Folk School will host Jouhikko for Beginners Online taught by Clare Zuraw who studied the instrument in Finland. This less often heard instrument is a Finnish bowed lyre traditionally strung with horsehair. Rental instruments will be available for local students. Both courses cost $ 50 and registration is available online: www.finlandia.edu/fahc/finnish-american-folk-school

There are still places available in other Finnish American Folk School courses and workshops this fall. From October, the folk school is organizing two knitting classes: knitting socks and knitting with colors. In November, local instrument maker and carpenter Alice Margerum will teach students how to make their own Nordic wooden shaving ornaments. In December, Beginning Broom Making students will make and decorate their own working whisk broom. Details and registration for all classes are available on the Folk School website.

The Finnish American Folk School at Finlandia University was founded in 2017 to promote knowledge of Finnish folk arts and traditional skills and ensure that they thrive for generations to come. The folk school is based at the Jutila Center Fiber Studio and the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock, Michigan.

Contact: Phyllis Fredendall, Phyllis.fredendall@finlandia.edu Phone: 906-487-7549.

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Let’s be handymen at the Crafts Center https://BellaKnitting.com/lets-be-handymen-at-the-crafts-center/ Thu, 07 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/lets-be-handymen-at-the-crafts-center/

Welcome to the Crafts Center, an on-campus creative space where students have the freedom to create whatever they want, for free. Installed in the basement of the infamous Lewis Room is a space filled with all the arts and crafts supplies you can imagine. To be honest it’s like a mini Michaels, except better.

“The Crafts Center is a fully student-run art studio on campus where everything is free. [and] free access during our opening hours, Nicole Verde, co-manager of the Crafts Center, said.

During the week, the opening hours are Monday to Thursday, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. On weekends, it is open on Fridays and Sundays, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. New this year, there is no capacity limit for the space, so students can show up whenever they are available, depending on Verde, a junior.

“Basically whatever you can think of they have it at the Crafts Center”, Robbie Moser, co-manager of the ceramics workshop, said. “The vibrations are impeccable; it is a very welcoming space.

The center is stocked with supplies. It contains art materials ranging from canvases and various types of painting to fiber arts like crochet, embroidery, knitting, and needlework. He also has supplies for making jewelry, candles, and bedroom decorations. In addition to that, it has a fully functional ceramics, metal sculpture, woodworking, etching and screen printing studio, according to Green.

Lily Sandholm, another Crafts Center co-manager explained that students can descend for a multitude of purposes.

“[It is] a space for people to create projects for class or just for personal use ”, Sandholm, a junior, noted. “And we have people who come every week… but we also have people who maybe have a project. “

A student who has really found her place at the Center des Métiers is Julia Divan, a second year student who sometimes manages the ceramic workshop. Before coming to Tufts she had never done ceramics, but now she runs a small ceramics business outside the center.

“I would say it’s really an accessible space, like if you want to do something, you can pretty much walk in and do it” Couch noted.

Couch now makes personally designed plant pots for other students that are in the shape of their breasts.

“This is mostly what I do at the Crafts Center these days” Couch noted. “People just want a potty, or they’ll send me pictures of their breasts they want on a potty, and I’ll make them for them.”

Moser, student in the second year of the combined license, explained how the ceramic studio can be a great resource for creating both functional and abstract ceramics.

“Last year at the Crafts Center I made a bunch of functional ceramics … something you’d love to get your hands on and have a utilitarian purpose on.” Moser noted. “[This semester], I want to [branch] go out more and do more abstract stuff.

In an equally useful way, Sandholm made tassels to decorate objects in his life, such as bags. Again, Green used the center to help them complete their outfit.

“I was just… opening up the space for a club or organization to use, and that day I ran out of the house and didn’t put on a collar.” Green noted. “So I just sat there and made a necklace that matched my outfit at the time.”

Now that pandemic guidelines have changed at Tufts, the Crafts Center hopes to offer many new programs this year. Volunteers from the center will start to run workshops on different skills.

“For example, I’m thinking of having a jewelry class at some point,” Verde said.

They also hope to reuse the green space outside the center for fun events.

“Personally, I really want to have live music events because I know we were doing that at the Crafts Center, and we have this big lawn outside,” Green noted. “I just want to install amps, speakers and [invite] students who know how to play instruments.

The Crafts Center also hopes to partner with other Tufts clubs and organizations to help improve its programming. Currently, Crafts Center officials are working with Eco Reps to create a sustainable art program for students.

When asked for a word to describe the Crafts Center, members used the words “safe” and “creative”. TO Sandholm, she said it looked even more like this – she feels like the center embodies Tufts eccentricity.

“[At the center], all the ceiling tiles are painted, there are skeletons hanging from the ceiling, ”Sandholm said. “It’s just very weird… but it’s just part of what makes the space unique and we love it.”

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