In June I attended the Northwest Handweavers Conference in Bellingham. Although I haven’t been actively weaving for many years, this is a craft I love and hope to return to when I retire. The conference is a great way to learn about new techniques as well as try out all kinds of associated crafts.
I took a class on Huichol Beading from Marilyn Romatka who teaches crafts to middle school students in Seattle. She says the kids love her crafts classes because it is such a different kind of learning experience. They have to use their imagination in a much different way than they do while playing video games and working on their computers. Hand craft work tends to be a slow process which requires patience and concentration. But in the end, you have a hand-made object that is your own unique creation. The library now has copies of Marilyn Romatka’s book, Creative Crafts of the World containing simple projects with easy-to-follow instructions.
Crafts are a great way to stimulate children’s imaginations. Learning something new while having fun is a great way to spend some time. The feeling of accomplishment after you have created a hand-made object is priceless.
At Kitsap Regional Library you will find a selection of good books for both parents and teachers to use for inspiration. And remember, taking some time to slow down and work on a creative project with your hands is good for adults as well!