Summer may be winding down, but that's no reason to give up on all the crafty camps that summer bring for kids. There's plenty to creatively look forward to on Springfield Avenue, for your child(ren) — and for yourself.
At It's SEW Crafty, fall brings loads of cool ideas to what some may consider a lost art. Katie Clayton, aka Crafty Katie, can teach everyone from kindergarten to adult to sew. And she teaches her way.
“My mother taught me how to hand sew when I was eight. I began sewing my own doll clothes out of felt and old tee shirts. Then my grandmother taught me how to use a sewing machine and tried to guide me while I made a skirt for her mother.” said Katie. “My grandmother didn't have the patience for a beginner seamstress, but I didn’t give up. I didn’t care that my lines weren’t straight or that the hem was crooked. I was just happy I finished the project 'my way'. I taught myself to sew and created my own style of crafting. I never claim to be the best seamstress, but definitely a crafty one!”
Classes for children include everything from learning how to use a sewing machine to boot camp for adults who know nothing about sewing. A list of classes came be found here.
Up Springfield Avenue a bit is Express Yourself Studios at 1912 Springfield Ave. Express Yourself's summer camp helped students learn about famous artists through examples and creating works in the style of them. Some of the artists included Picasso, Andy Warhol, van Gogh and Georgia O'Keefe.
“At Express Yourself, we expose a child that has an interest in art to many different art mediums.” says Simone Anthony Brown.
This opportunity continues in the fall with classes in drawing and painting, cartooning, mixed media and sculpture workshops. Can't do a weekly class? There's Pizza & Pottery the fourth Thursday of the month for kids ages five to 12. For adults, there's Cocktails & Canvas. More information can be found here.
And just two doors down is KnitKnack, at 1914 Springfield Ave. The fall class schedule is still being tweaked, but owner Meera Cho has some wooly fun coming up for ages nine and above.
“Knitknack has a fabulous Fall Fiber Fest lineup of workshops that will introduce you to a variety of fiber arts, from felting to weaving with guest local artists, and a schedule of terrific classes designed to teach you cool techniques disguised as awesome projects.” says Cho. Each class or workshop promised to be packed with information, instruction and inspiration.
Also, new this fall is their Knitknack Kids Club. Every Thursday afternoon, kids ages nine and up can get together with friends or work on a project at Knitknack. Help will be provided as needed and new techniques will be taught to advance skills. More information can be found here.
So grab your knitting needles and put on some clothes that can get paint on them or need mending and come get creative on Springfield Ave.