Procrastaknit

Everything else can wait until I finish this row…

Back to School #Sewpplies

Remember a few months ago when someone suggested that teachers should be armed and educators responded with the hashtag#suppliesnotguns ? Well, it’s back-to-school season and teachers are getting their classroom in order for the upcoming academic year. I have a friend who teaches first grade in a neighboring town and she asked me for help creating chair slipcovers with pockets for her classroom. In order to accommodate the mobility needs of her pupils in her incoming class. The students’ desks, which usually provides individual storage, are being replaced with tables to open up some floor space.

One down, two dozens more to go!

This was the trial run for the chair pockets, I used a kid’s chair I have at home

I thought that the sewing machine is what intimidated me from learning how to sew, but now I remember it was really my hate for ironing. Learning to love the process.

I am volunteering my limited sewing abilities to help her out and I am sure there is a teacher out there that could use yours crafty skills too. If you don’t personally know a teacher check out www.donorschoose.org it is a wonderful website that allows you to find teachers that really care about their pupils’ education but have very limited resources. I recommend doing a search with the filters “More than half of students from low income households” plus one or more of the following:

  • Warmth, Care and Hunger – often asks for winter accessories for classrooms with not heat
  • Special Needs – often needs sensory items for learning
  • Art Supplies – you’ve been meaning to clean out your craft closet, now you have a good reason
  • Projects With No Donations

Now, the website original intention is to get funding from donors, not the actual items requested. So if you’re willing to knit 30 hats or make 12 flexible seating or provide any of the requested items on a teacher’s wishlist, check the status of their request. If the project doesn’t get funded, the the classroom gets none of the items needed. Try finding a school in your state and reach out to that teacher that you are willing to contribute some handmade goods to enhance his/her learning environment. They might happily accept something made with so much care a lot more from a person in their community.

Or you can just make a donation directly through the website, at the time of this posting the lowest amount needed to complete a project is $7, but sadly the only donor is the teacher who posted the project, so I’ve fulfilled it. Teachers really shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket to do their job, but more than that, students should have a safe learning environment with the materials they need to succeed.

Now lets see if we can make this small post into a movement, use #sewpplies if you decide to make something for a teacher and share it widely in all social media outlets.

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Immigrant Yarn Project workshop

Wednesday was an amazing day! I assisted in a Craftivism workshop for United Way in the San Francisco Bay area. I attempted to present on Craftivism, but I was a nervous mess and ended up rambling quite a bit. I can talk your ear off on a one-on-one basis about how craftivism is a great tool in spreading knowledge and bringing awareness to an issue, but I am very much out of practice in presenting in front and f a crowd.

It’s a good thing Cindy Weil took the lead on this workshop, she was great at presenting to the group. It was about her craftivism installation the Immigrant Yarn Project. She has worked with girl scout troops, survivors of Japanese internment camps, the populaton of skid row, and countless of other people. I was amazed at her progress so far and was happy to add a little piece of my craft and my family’s story to the installation.

Say what you will about #craftivism movements, it gives me a great sense of accomplishment and it empowers me to keep on resisting.

End of the day feeling extremely accomplished

My conference badge

A poster by United Way

Made this badge to wear with my “I am an immigrant” shirt, decided to contribute it to the Immigrant Yarn Project installation

These are my scraps and swatches joined to be my contribution to the IYP

Photo credit: Immigrant Yarn Project

A close up of me in the corner with my piece

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