Stitch Camp: 18 Crafty Projects for Kids & Tweens – Learn 6 All-Time Favorite Skills: Sew, Knit, Crochet, Felt, Embroider & Weave is an awesome book. This guide is geared toward girls and boys ages through 9-14 years old but can be used by anyone.
The hands-on activities found within the pages of this book are perfect for learning and/or expanding ones crafting skills. Things to create include a phone sweater, I-cord Jump Rope, Cord Slung Backpack, beaded chain bracelet, pencil roll, hacked sack, woven patch, key fob or necklace, a jar jacket, and more!
I found the full-color photos excellent and the instructions presented in a step-by-step format easy to follow in reaching the intended and desired results. Each of the items to be made are practically useful as well as a lot fun. The items made could be kept for oneself or given as gifts for either boys or girls.
I love this book is teaching basic skills which can be used for more than just the projects in the book. The quick and easy projects give one instant gratification which in turn will encourage new crafters to be inspired to create more and more.
This is a beautiful book. I would have loved to have it when I was tween. The projects are cool, hip, and a lot fun! Whoever said crafting was boring would stand challenged by this book. Overall, I feel this book is great for single or group use. I plan on really digging into it with my nearly 7 year old son and 9 1/2 year old daughter in 2018!
Check out below for a project that can be found in this book. Many thanks to the publisher for providing it for me to include here on my blog.
Beaded Key Fob or Necklace
This is a great little project for beginners because you get to make and use a loom. But the loom is nice and small, so you can finish something in one sitting — like this cool key fob, which is just an old-fashioned way of saying key chain. The beads give the project enough weight and substance to keep it from getting lost in your pocket — or, if you’re making a necklace, from getting tangled in your hair.
What You Need
· 10-inch × 31/2-inch piece of heavy cardboard
· Masking tape
· Sturdy string, garden twine, or jute
· Blunt needle with an eye large enough to fit your string
· 6 beads
· Split-ring key ring, carabiner, or swivel-eye lobster snap clasp hook (a long name for a small hook!)
Making and Setting Up the Loom
1. Wrap the top and bottom edges of the cardboard with masking tape to make it sturdier. Hold the ruler along the top edge and mark 1 inch in from the edge, and then every 1/4 inch until you get to 21/4 inches. You will have six marks.
Repeat along the bottom edge, making six marks at the same intervals. Use your scissors to make a tiny cut — about 1/4 inch long — at each mark.
2. To make the warp, tape one end of your string (or twine or jute) to the middle of the back side of the loom. Slot it into the rightmost top slit, then flip the loom over like you’re turning a page, so that the front is facing forward (the string will now be on the left).
Wrap the string down to the bottom side of the cardboard and wedge it into the corresponding notch, then stretch it up the back side, and slot it into the second notch on top, and then down into the matching notch on the bottom. Continue wrapping, pulling the string tight in the notches, moving left to right, until you have six vertical strands.
Tape the string to the back of the loom, then cut the tail. Run an extra piece of tape across the warp strings on the back to secure them.
1. Start the weft by cutting about a yard of yarn, string, twine, or jute, and thread your needle (see page 15). Starting about 1 inch from the top of the cardboard, weave the needle under and over the warp threads until you get to the other side (see page 166).
2. Pull the yarn through, leaving a 6-inch tail, then come back the other way, making sure to go under the warp threads you went over on the previous row, and over the warp threads you went under.
3. Repeat, going back and forth, until the weaving is as long as you like (this one is about 1 inch), stopping occasionally as you weave to push the rows together snugly with your fingers or the needle. If you want to change colors at any point, simply snip the string you’re using, and knot on a different color.
4. At the end of your last row, snip the string, leaving a 6-inch tail.
5. Cut across the warp strings 2 inches below your weaving, then thread a bead onto each string and tie a knot below it to secure.
6. Use a needle to weave your two 6-inch weft tails into the back of your weaving, threading each one over and under the weft a few times and then tying them together where they meet in the middle. Snip off the ends.
7. Untape your warp strings and gently remove all the strings from the loom. Separate the warp strings into two groups of three strings each. Knot each set of three warp strings snugly against the weaving.
For a Key Fob
Knot the two sets of warp strings together to make a small loop and snip the ends. Thread the loop onto your key ring.
“Excerpted from Stitch Camp, © by Nicole Blum and Catherine Newman, photography by © Margaret Lampert, used with permission from Storey Publishing.”