Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Bear Totem for Class 3

This year's Class 3 needs a door for their teepee building project. So we're felting one. Here's the teacher's concept drawing.

 


So my challenge was to bring this to a group of 21 bright enthusiastic 10 & 11 year olds in a way that would give them great success.

 

I brought my little heart tree to illustrate the concept of combining needlefelting with water soluble embroidery stabilizer to prevent chaos when we add the water for wet felting. The teacher had prepared a cartoon overlay on stabilizer which cut into the requisite 21 pieces.

 

Then we assembled them onto the snow white background and carried on needling the joins to make them disappear.

Look Ma, no chaos!

 

These kids displayed amazing talent & tenacity so we finished this project in just two days!

 

 

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