The Handwork teacher

I am a mother to two beautiful girls and I teach Handwork and Fine Arts in our local waldorf charter school in Arizona.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Handouts I am working on

Is my safety sheet to scary? its at the bottom?

6th grade Handwork curriculum

Supply list: Fabric scissors, sewing needles with big eyes, thread and handwork bag. Cool looking socks for your monster (new or no stains).
$ 3 for Endangered Animal adoption project.

1) Making table animal puppets. Endangered Animal project.
2) Marionettes. Working with a fairytale. Puppet show for the Kindergarten.
3) Table puppets…star children
4) Pen Pal exchange.
5) make a sock monster
I agree to get my supplies by the
2nd handwork class and I agree to do my work in a timely manner, if this means that I need to bring my work home, I will be responsible about bringing it back to school on my Handwork class day. If I forget to bring it to school I will call my parents to bring it to school during class or at pick up.
Student Signature:
Parents Signature

7th grade Handwork curriculum

Supply list:
1) 3 felting needles (you can get these at Joann fabrics or at the school store) they are about $1 each. They tend to break if bent, so your child may or may not have to get more throughout the year.
2) Handwork bag

This year the 7th grade will be immersing themselves in the mysterious world of fiber arts. This curriculum is directly linked to their overall feeling, thinking and willing forces that are building in the 7th grade classroom and Main Lesson blocks.

1) We will begin their session with wet felting pin cushions
2) The children will needle felt a person
3) They will end the Handwork session with felting slippers

I agree to get my supplies by the
2nd handwork class and I agree to do my work in a timely and safe manner.

I have read the 7th grade Handwork safety handout.
Students Signature:
Parents Signature

7th grade Handwork curriculum
Safety information

First off I would like to say that hundreds of Waldorf schools use felting as part of their Handwork curriculum and no serious injuries have occurred (beside minor pokes on their finger tips) This information sheet is not meant to scare you but to keep you informed and to set strict guidelines for class.
In the 7th grade Handwork curriculum we will primarily be using felting needles for their projects. Wet felting will also be part of their handwork curriculum but will not be done at the same time.
Needle felting is performed by using a single barbed needle (originally used in commercial felting machines), wool fibers and a foam mat. The needle is held in the dominant hand and by repeatedly poking fibers together, the wool will mat together to create a three-dimensional felted sculpture.
The felting needle is made to be sharp (just like a sewing needle) with very small barbs along the shaft. The barbs are there to help grab the wool fibers and push them into the sculpture.
First time felters often poke themselves when not looking at their work.

* If your child is poked by the Felting Needle, your child will wash their hands, disinfect the wound and sterilize the felting needle (this process is taught in class)

* When moving around class the Felting Needle MUST remain in the foam pad. Felting needles can only be used while seated.

* Children may not pretend to jab each other with their needles or intentionally poke their fingers with their needles.

*Due to blood possibly getting on your child’s needle; it is mandatory that your child only use their own felting needles. If the felting needles break, they will need to be replaced.

There are no known cases of tetanus linked to needle felting but as a safety measure we ask that you be aware of this. If you do not vaccinate there are online sources that suggest Homeopathics be used: Ledum, Tetanotoxinum and Nux Vomica were suggested. But check with your Homeopath for more information before taking anything.


Lauri said...

No, I don't think it's too scary at all. It sounds like they're going to have a lot of fun this year. :) Thank you for posting such wonderfully informative entries.

Saints and Spinners said...

I've found that the only time I ever prick myself with a felting needle (or any needle, actually) to the point that blood is drawn is when I'm working with white wool or felt. It's uncanny.