|Ada Lai shows a young boy |
how to crochet!
Recently TNNA sponsored an award-winning Needlearts Stitch Zone at the San
Mateo Maker Faire event. We were there last year, and taught more than 1000 new
fiber enthusiasts. The theme was "recycling” and so we incorporated yarn made
of grocery bags into the kids programming and the display.
This year, the theme of the event was "children,” so we were even more tuned
in to the kids. Again, we spent time knitting, crocheting and stitching
(needlepoint) with the kids on our oversized needles, hooks and canvas. And, again,
we estimate we taught over 1000 new stitchers . . . this time, even more
appeared to be under the age of 12.
Now you might think, ok . . . these kids really aren’t going to go home and
knit or crochet . . . but we also know most of the fiber lovers of today first
learned when they were younger than 12. So, today’s play will eventually turn
into tomorrow’s passion. We also know, many of the parents who were watching
will go home and get out their old projects, left unfinished years ago and just
waiting for the moment they’ll be picked up again.
Recently, Jules Kliot (Lacis and the Museum of Lace) sent me some picture of
an event at the Exploratorium in San Francisco in early July. They demonstrated
lace making to young and old . . . These picture really tell the story. Even
the young ones were enthralled, and obviously were able to pick up the
If you have pictures of young stitchers, send them to us so we can show the
world the stitchers of tomorrow. (Of course, get their parents’ permission
|Even the young ones are |
able to pick up this
| ||The children were enthralled |
with the lace making
demonstration by Lacis
at the Exploratorium
in San Francisco