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SUMMER 2009- ARTS AND CRAFTS WITH GRANDMA MAURINE
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My granddaughter, Devorah, now 13 years old, flew by herself from Texas to Las Vegas to spend three weeks with her Grandma Maurine and her Grandpa Al.

I've called Devorah since she was very little "My clone with magic hands".  She can weave, felt, quilt, do macrame, needle punch, do cross stitch, make dolls and anything else that her heart desires.

These are some of the crafty things that she made in the three weeks that she spent with us.  Also during this time she took a two day class with my friend, Fran Parrigan Meehan, and made her "Nature's Beauty" doll.  She also took a one day class with another friend, Linda Spicer and made a "Tea Time" quilt.
Devorah wanted to make a needle and wet felted picture.  First she needle felted her fleece into the design that she wanted in order to hold it together.  Then she put it into a large ziplock bag and added hot water and soap. She then rubbed and rubbed.  When she was all finished and her piece was dry, she added needle felted flowers to the bottom of her piece.
Weaving on her peg loom. Devorah decided to keep busy flying from Texas to Vegas so she wove on her peg  loom.  This is a piece in progress.
On July 6th and July 8, 2009, Devorah took a wonderful class given by my friend, Fran Parrigan Meehan and made her  "Nature's Beauty".  In this class she took Paverpol which hardens fabric and created this beautiful doll.
The last time I went to Texas I taught Devorah how to macrame.  Last time she made a bracelet.  This time she made a macrame bag using handles and cord that I bought in the 1970's when macrame was big.
Making her macrame bag.
Another view of her creating her bag.
Devorah's macrame bag - front view.
Devorah's macrame bag - rear view.
Closeup of macrame bag.
Front View
Rear view
Closeup of her woven Inkle loom piece.
When Devorah was 3 years old I taught her how to weave on a 4 harness table loom.  This was the first time that she wove on an Inkle loom.  An inkle loom is used to make narrow bands or belts.
Instead of wearing her woven piece as a belt she decided to wear it around her neck.
Weaving on an Inkle loom.
Closeup of her woven Inkle piece.
Devorah is wearing her Inkle loom piece.
It's fun to needle felt onto sneakers.  These are some of the designs that she needle felted.
Devorah and I each took Fran Parrigan Meehan's "Nature's Beauty" class separately.  Hers is in pink and  mine is in brown, gold and green.  Since she is "My clone with magic hands" I wanted to take a picture of our  two dolls side by side.  It's hard to believe that she is only 13 years old.
Devorah is sewing the pieces together for her "Tea Time" Quilt that she made with instructor Linda Spicer.   The pattern for this quilt was designed by Rachel Shelburne, found in Fons & Porter's "Love of  Quilting"- May/June 2006.
Devorah did a blanket stitch around each cup and teapot.  She used 2 strands of black embroidery floss to  do this stitch.
Devorah's quilt is almost completed.  All she has to do is sew the binding to the back of her quilt.