Macrame

My mother knew how to do this, as did my grandmother. Both have been dead for many years and so if I want to learn macrame, I’ll have to figure it out myself. I saw owl macrame swaps yesterday and it made me decide to compose a post for the blog.

From wikipedia:

Macramé or macrame is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. Its primary knots are the square knot and forms of hitching (full hitch and double half hitches). It has been used by sailors, especially in elaborate or ornamental knotting forms to decorate anything from knife handles to bottles to parts of ships.

Common materials used in macrame include cotton twine, hemp, leather or yarn. An essential feature of the threads used is a level of “give”. Jewelry is often made in combination of both the knots and various beads (glass, wooden, etc.), pendants or shells.

My oldest daughter would be the first to say “Mom! Don’t go to wikipedia!!!! They have trained her at school not to listen to the site. While I don’t know if sailors did macrame, I do know that it involves knotting and sometimes beads 🙂

Wikihow has a post showing the basics of macrame.

Here is an interesting site that offers some how to’s on the site.

more patterns

free patterns

FOR KIDS!!

Bracelet from Family Fun

I can see this project will be a lot of fun :

Kell

Cooking Class

When we want to do a candy making class for any of my troops we have found a delightful woman who loves to come out and teach the girls to make different things. Her prices are very reasonable, and she takes all the work off of you.

Kathy’s Just Desserts

I’m devoting an entire blog post to her because she is so wonderful wtih the kids. You can even pick from a list of recipes which ones -yes, more than one – recipe you’d like the girls to learn. She will also give them each candies to take home and copies of the recipes they’ve learned.

Kell

More Girl Scout SWAPS

Making Friends has a very nice page of the history of SWAPS.

“Girl Scout S.W.A.P.S.
Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere or Share With A Pal”

They give an explanation of how this came from Native American Indians. This story they posted is not something I am familiar with, so I thought I’d post the link to Making Friends and you can visit them for their history.

Links to ideas for SWAPS:

http://www.gsswaps.net/

about.com

Heartland

and a yahoo group for SWAP discussion

Kell

Crochet Vday Envelopes

81111ada1This is a cute project that I found on the Lion Brand Website. They offer this in their Free Crochet Patterns. It is part of their By Kids for Kids program. How cute to have them make one for mom or grandmom or even for themselves! Now to teach them all how to crochet. I am thinking that this would be better suited for my Juniors and Cadettes, although we could try it with the Brownies. They would just need more assistance.

I should add that their membership is free and you can subscribe for a free newsletter with patterns and advice.

Kell

Plastic Bag Pom Poms

I was browsing the internet, not even looking for Pom Poms, and guess what I found? Creature Comforts has a link on using plastic bags instead of yarn to make pom poms. Now I’m wondering what else we can make pom poms out of. I think I will ask the girls at our meeting tonight to see how many different materials can make pom poms 🙂

Kell

Sock Monkeys!

My girls are so excited about this project. They’ve been discussing it for over a month now while we wait for all the girls to pick out and purchase socks and buttons so we can begin.

A friend gave me this link to a great tutorial to make sock monkeys. We’re going to work on them at our next meeting.

There are other tutorials on the web for Sock Monkeys as well:

Super Sock Monkey

Oddly enough, this link is to the same tutorial I listed first but has all the photos and instructions on one page.

I never actually had a sock monkey as a child, but now I will have one 🙂 I was like a little girl looking at the socks I purchased (Clearance at Target). Once we finish our project, I’ll post pictures of our sock monkey army!

Kell

Chinese Knotting

While browsing You Tube for vidoes on Turkish Corchet (Oya), I cam across this gorgeous instructional video for making a dragonfly using knots, two beads, a small piece of nylon cording, scissors, and a lighter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVCdC9bonrg&feature=related

I went to the Chinese Knotting .org website to find out more information on this technique. I learned that

“Chinese knots are, for the most part, two cord lanyard type arrangements where 2 cords enter from the top of the knot and 2 cords leave from the bottom. The knots are usually double-layered and symmetrical.”

And they offer this cool blog called Knotty Notions where they have instructional photos and links.

There is another great blog as well, IWOM, where they show you how to do Chinese Knotting.

And for those who love jewelry making as much as I do, Satin Cord has simple tutorials for knotting with jewelry.

I’m not suggestiong you allow the Girl Scouts to use the lighter when making the dragonflies or other knot creations, but I think you know the ability level of your scouts better than anyone else and can determine which parts of the activity are appropriate for them. I am going to suggest the dragonfly craft to my Cadets and Juniors to see which troops are interested, but I am not offering it to my Brownies. I believe they would quickly grow tired of the knots, and it is not fair to those who are not as dexterous as the others to do an activity such as this.

*edited

Intrigued by Chinese Knotting, I started to browse for other good sites and found this one: Knotting Artist. This site includes the history of Knotting and some beautiful work.

Kell