are proud to bring you the Children's Healing Art Project as the
Organization of the Month for September. A portion of all sales on
Sunday, September 26th will be donated in support of their mission.
Scroll down to see details of the Super Stash Builder Sale!
Children’s Healing Art
Project, CHAP, brings the healing power of art to children and their families
in crisis. Our mobile team of teaching artists create art opportunities where
each child can be seen for their artistic talents rather than for their
disease, diagnosis or disability.
CHAP works with more than 10,000 children a year in and out of our
partner hospitals in Portland Oregon, and at the CHAP Art Factory. CHAP offers one of the only in-and-out-of-the-hospital
continuing arts education programs in the nation.
CHAP art classes are all
based on choice. We offer children
in the hospitals, and their families, art opportunities that allow then to find
their own personal narrative through the choices found in CHAP’s wide variety
of art materials and teaching artists.
CHAP understands that the simple act of choice can be a powerful tool in
working with children to create a bridge between their world and ours. We help
guide each child to express themselves in ways that are true to their creative
spirit rather than teaching in the traditional sense of the word, CHAP helps
facilitate energy to come out rather than giving the child more information to
process. Making art with a child
in crisis can open the door to the exploration of their own creative process.
This simple fact is the corner stone of all CHAP action and thought….to work
with a child rather than for the child.
CHAP teaching artists are trained to step into the
world of the children we serve in ways that encourage, engage and inspire them
to express their inner narrative.
Children’s art often contradicts their physical and medical realities
and illustrates their inner joy, humanity and hope. A child with a serious diagnosis,
long term healthcare needs, or a perceived disability whether it be blindness
or being born without arms often become CHAP’s greatest teachers. These
children are heroes to other children as they share their unique creative
spirit in ways that adults often miss due to our limited understanding of the
creative process, they remind us of what we have forgotten about our own
creative possibilities and our innate human potential that can be found in the
common language of making art.
The CHAP Art Factory:
To bring the healing power
of art to children in crisis is a noble cause, but to bring what we have learned
from the children we serve back into our community is revolutionary. We offer the lessons we have learned
from the children in the hospitals to the public through the creation of a
retail art making life-changing experience known as CHAP Art Factory. CHAP Art Factory is home to Art Club
where we address what is known as the second phase of healing, when a patient
is healthy enough to go home to their families.
The most joyous of all
CHAP art events is our ‘I AM DONE’ party.
We invite the children to the Art Factory after their last chemo
treatment and ask them to bring their family, friends, supporters, nurses and
doctors to celebrate ‘I AM DONE.’
We stencil T-shirts for everyone, make a lot of art and take off our shoes
and socks, step in trays of paint and jump up and down on a mattress while
screaming at the top of our lungs.
This party always ends with the parents holding hands and jumping face
to face as they scream in joy and relief.
We love our ‘I AM DONE’ parties.
CHAP offers hospice art, where we work
with children in their final days. CHAP also creates art projects for the
families of the children who have passed by translating the children’s art into
floral sculptures and buttons for their funeral services. CHAP Art Factory is always free to the
children and families we serve, and we offer the same art opportunities, $5 per
hour, and guided classes, $10 per hour, to the general public.
So! Sunday, September 26th we'll be open an extra hour (until 5pm) for you to take advantage of our Stash Builder Sale. Buy 2 yards of any sort of fabric (in at least 1/2 yard increments) and get the 3rd yard of equal or lesser value at 1/2 price. OR buy 10 fat quarters and get two free. Watch out Liberty Tana Lawn, I'm coming for you.
The new Stitch Magazine is here! I am quite biased (because there are a few projects from my people in here), but I think it's a really good issue. There are some great gift ideas, including a garment bag/travel accessories project, some beautiful home dec pieces and even a wood hauling bag. The garments are great too-- with several geared towards the men and boys in your life.
Sew Serendipity by Kay Whitt is in and just in time for the *weather*. The book includes full patterns for a basic skirt, tunic/dress, and coat. It then details 6 variations on each pattern and steps to find your perfect fit. The patterns are each graded into 7 sizes from XXS to XXL and the focus of the book is building on basic skills to master clothes that look great on you! I think the real standouts here are some of the coat options-- and just in time, because we got in some lovely new wool that is would work perfect for fall and winter.
Flannel season is here-- well, almost here. Erin McMorris is just out with an entire line of Flannel and we have it. I have my money on the large scale houses as favourites, but maybe because I have a house full of boys? We also have in four new prints from Moda which I like for me and less for the boys, so they will probably win. Quilt backs, pajama bottoms, and robe patterns and calling my name.
When I first saw the Hooded Scarf pattern from Jamie Christina, I knew it was the answer to my fall-birthday-giving-i'm-getting-cold sewing list. I love hoods, but am so often drawn to coats and sweaters without them. I love the size of this one, as well as the length down the neck in the back-- depending on the fabric of your coat, the width of the scarf can blend and tuck in seamlessly to its collar. And because Paul would not model it, you are stuck with my face in there-- but feel free to insert a picture of your mother or your best friend.
There are four versions of the hooded scarf in both an adult and child size: pleated (pictured), plain, drawstring, and ruffled. There's a fifth version with cat ears (!) in the child's size. The instructions are clear and well written, and there are plenty of diagrams. There are some great out-takes of the other versions from the pattern photo shoot on her blog Pretty Ditty, plus a photo of Jamie's cute mama wearing a red hood. She's also put together a quick tutorial on yarn buttons as embellishments.
The entire project took a couple of hours to complete and I made two small modifications to the pattern:
- I added about 8" to each end of the scarf. I wanted it to wrap around twice. You'll still only need a single yard of fabric for the lining and exterior if you seam on those extra inches.
- Because I used two lightweight fabrics, I chose to add a flannel interlining to the hood. I sandwiched the flannel to the wrong side of the exterior fabric and sewed following the instructions.
The exterior is made from a super soft baby corduroy which Bolt stocks in several colours. I'm always looking for a way to use fine wale cord and I love the colour plum for fall. The interior is another favourite, Alexander Henry Fullham Road cotton lawn. Silky lawn or voile feels great next to the skin and cuts down on hair friction. I'm going to pick up a few more yards from this line before it's all gone. This pattern would be beautiful in some of our new french terry or organic jersey knit.
We have weather in the 70s this week (for which I'm grateful), but I know it's going to turn soon. This is going to be my go-to hand made gift this season-- it's easy to customize and mails in a flat rate envelope! Perfect-o.