Sunday, February 28, 2010

Handwork Workshop March 6 - Fair Oaks, CA and March 27 - Everett, WA

Handwork in the Dell: Workshop for Parents and Teens

March 6, 2010
9:00am - 4:00pm
Fair Oaks, California

Open to adults who want to learn more about fiber arts and how to teach handwork to their own children in a homelearning and/or Waldorf-inspired environment. Limited space available. (Teens also welcome -- please email us in advance). Come join Jennifer and Joey Tan at Syrendell for a day of fiber arts fun!

Price includes all materials (including yarn and spinning fiber used during the workshop), a 20+ page handout, snacks and a bio-dynamic, organic lunch. Spindles, knitting needles, crochet hooks, extra roving, fiber arts supplies, books, silks and other items available for purchase at a discount during the workshop. $80.

Schedule and registration at: www.syrendellacademy.comWe have just 4 spaces left!

We are also hosting a handwork workshop in Everett, WA on March 27, 2010 (3 spaces left!).  Don't live near Fair Oaks or Everett?  Email us if you are interested in having us travel and lead a workshop in your area.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Spring Flowers and Geometry

We've been inspired by the beautiful daffodils blooming in our yard!  To celebrate this sign of early Spring, we sketched the daffodils for a while when the sun was out....

Daffodils have 6 petals, so we drew 6-pointed stars and hexagons to help us with the symmetry.

Our wonderful neighbor loaned us an amazing Waldorf book that is no longer in print and is all in German.  It features forms and shapes of plants, animals, minerals. 

Next, we drew triangles, squares, 5-pointed stars and 6-pointed stars.  Based on the drawings in the book, we sketched out flowers that follow these 3, 4, 5, and 6-petal/leaf patterns. 

Then, it was time to color the flowers.  If the flowers were blooming outside, we observed them (mostly pansies and daffodils right now!).  

We discussed the color variations of each flower as we drew. 


We wrote the numbers in Arabic and Roman numerals and the names of the flowers in English.  Next week, we will add the names in Spanish and German. 


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Products and Businesses that We Love

Here are some products and businesses that we love....

Organic aromatherapy soaps and candles
Oakmoss Etsy Shop

Learning Foreign Language
Live Mocha

Natural Dyes
Griffin Dyeworks

Fiber/Roving for Spinning and Felting
Dancing Leaf Farm
Fiber Fancy
The Sassy Sheep
Fiber Optic

Organic Seeds
Homegrown Healthy

Organic and Biodynamic Essential Oils and Hydrosols
Essential Aura

Organic Herbs
Mountain Rose Herbs

Wood Buttons
The Button Shop

Wood Cars, Boats and Play Farm Fences
Footeprint Woodworks

Story Books, Wood Dice, Other Wood Items
Mama Roots

Knitted Gnomes and Animals
Mamma 4 Earth

Felted Acorns and Fairies
Fairy Folk

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Watercolor Number Chart - Math & Foreign Language

Watercolor Number Chart

To make a number chart:

1.  Obtain a piece of watercolor paper, a ruler and a white crayon.

2.  Decide how many numbers you want on your chart.  The chart shown here features "12".

3.  Draw lines with the white crayon and ruler.  Draw the numbers in the spaces.

4.  Prepare a space for your child with watercolors, brushes, rags, and a jar of water. 

5.  Allow the child to select colors and paint all over the paper.  When the number appear, watch the delight in your child's eyes!

6.  Allow to dry and put between heavy books, if needed.  The chart should be ready to use the following day.

Ideas for using the chart:
1.  Learning the names of numbers.  Use shells, gems, stones, pearls or bean bags (depending on how large the numbers are!) to play games.

2.  Learning the names of numbers in foreign languages.  Put a stone on a number and ask the child to tell it to you in the foreign language.  Or, say it in the foreign language and the child will place the stone on the correct number. 

3.  Use pieces of paper to cover up numbers to show divisible groups, or pieces of yarn to put in-between groups of numbers.  In this example, you could divide the paper into 3's, 4's, 6's.

Other ideas?  Feel free to leave a comment! Thank you to Suzanne from the amazing blog, down in the meadow for the inspiration (she also has a lovely Etsy shop)!

Watercolor Paints (Set of 6)
Stockmar Beeswax Block Crayons - Set of 16

The Golden Mean

Come take a peek at Rick's blog post about divine proportion, da vinci, algebra, geometry, and business math...and about our son's 13th birthday rite of passage ceremony:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year Crafts

Some Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year Crafting this past week....

Cross-Stitching Hearts

Felted/Wood Finger Puppets

Valentine's Nook in the Dell

Hanging Hearts


Red & Pink Window Stars

Chinese Lanterns With "Wang" (King-Tiger) Symbols

Magical Window Stars
Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year LTF: A Chinese New Year Lift-the-Flap Book (Lift-the-Flap, Puffin)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Handwork Workshops in CA and WA March, 2010

We are offering 1-day and 1/2-day workshops on handwork -- knitting, crocheting, spinning (and a 1/2 day on Grade 2 activities)!

February 27, 2010
Spinning in the Dell (1/2 day)
Grade 2 (1/2 day)

March 6, 2010
Handwork in the Dell
Fair Oaks, CA

March 27, 2010
Handwork Workshop
Everett, WA

More information and to register (space is limited): 

Let us know if you would like us to create a workshop for you here in Fair Oaks, or at your location:

Friday, February 5, 2010

Our Handspun Yarn in Norway!

We decided to get involved in Pluckyfluff's upcoming museum show, Handspun Revolution, in Lilihammer, Norway.  Lexi Boeger will be featuring an enormous skein of handspun yarn, full of yarns from all over the world!

Each of us took turns spinning yarn on our spinning wheel.  We used bits and pieces of fibers leftover from other projects and added in tinsel, angelina fiber (sparkle), and yarn scraps.  When we had a nice length of yarn, we wrapped the yarn on a niddy noddy, then rinsed it and set the twist. 

According to the rules, we also had to write something about spinning on a piece of paper.  All of the written submissions are going to fill the walls near the exhibit.  Joey wrote an acrostic poem about spinning.

We love our unique yarn.  Pictures of the museum exhibit in May, to come. Wish we could go to Norway in person!  If you are interested in Lexi's books or camps, see her website:  Joey and Mommy went to the camp 4 years ago and loved it! 
Handspun Revolution
Intertwined: The Art of Handspun Yarn, Modern Patterns, and Creative Spinning (Handspun Revolution)