Monday, August 19, 2013

FunStitch Studio Summer Camp and Giveaway

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This summer my oldest son, Kael, and I were lucky enough to get to participate in FunStitch Studio’s Summer Camp with Sew, Mama, Sew. FunStitch Studio is a children’s book imprint from C&T Publishing.  Their main focus is encouraging kids to be creative through fiber arts and mixed media.  Kael and I have been having fun going through our FunStitch Studio books the past few weeks, and making things together as part of FunStitch Studio’s Summer Camp.  This week, I’m going to share with you what Kael made from the books, and you get a chance to win one of the books!
The first project Kael chose to do for our Summer Camp was from Fabric Paper Thread by Kristen Sutcliffe.
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This is my favorite of the books we were sent. All of the projects are cool and fun, and appeal to anyone.  Though most of the pictures have girls doing the projects, the projects aren’t girly and my son didn’t consider any of the projects “off limits” for a boy.  Most of the projects require materials that, as an avid crafter, I had on hand, making this a great rainy-day book to just flip through and make without running to the store.  There were ideas in this book that I will totally use in my own projects.  I also liked that there are a great variety of projects that can be done by hand, without a machine.  Though I am trying to teach Kael how to sew on a machine, it’s so nice to have a project we can take with us outside, or just sit next to each other and chat while working on.  That was my favorite part of this FunStitch Studio Summer Camp experience: getting to spend one-on-one time with my 10 year old while sharing my love of creating with him.  From Fabric Paper Thread, Kael chose to work on some Leather Bracelets. 
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First we tried the Wrapped Leather Bracelets.  Kael had never done knots like this, and he got a bit frustrated at times learning.  But he pushed through.
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And seemed pretty pleased with his handiwork.

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So pleased, in fact, that he wanted to make more bracelets.  Thousands even, thinking he can sell them and get rich.  We’ll see about that.  We moved onto the Embroidered Bracelets next.  These were much easier for Kael.  We sat and talked MineCraft and stitched and wrapped. 

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He didn’t make thousands, but he did get a good start.

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And I even made myself a wrapped bracelet, using leather lace instead of embroidery floss.  I used to make hemp jewelry in college all the time (it was the ‘90s.  It’s what you did) and this reminds me very much of that.   Just a fun, easy project to keep the hands busy and make something cool.

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Fabric Paper Thread is full of ideas like these bracelets.  Many of these projects will make great road trip and vacation projects, and I’m looking forward to trying them out with my kids.  And guess what?!?  You can, too.  C&T Publishing is giving away a copy of Fabric Paper Thread to one of you! 

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a Rafflecopter giveaway Open to US addresses only, Fabric Paper Thread will be sent directly to you by C&T Publishing.
Be sure to check out all these other “campers” participating in the FunStitch Studio Summer Camp.  Each will be giving away copies of one of three books, and sharing awesome projects they’ve been working on with their kids
Later this week, I’ll share more of what we’ve been working on from our other FunStitch Studio books.

Thank you Sew, Mama, Sew and C&T Publishing for sending us our awesome FunStitch Studio books.  We’ve had so much with them, and have even more fun projects planned!

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TheSewingLoft said...

Love the way they turned out! Knots can be tricky at times! Great idea to pin it to his shorts.

Reno said...

Terrific job, Kael! (Also- love both those pics of him.)

lafondsi said...

So fun! Just started my daughter on a plastic canvas project. She's doing great. Can't wait to do some more cool projects with her.

Suzanne said...

Your son looks so proud of his bracelets which is more important than the bracelets themselves. I'm glad to see his reaction as I have two boys (ages 8 & 11) and I may just have to try this with them.

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