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“Warmth” Workshops

Our January programmatic theme of “warmth” meant return visits by two great Guest Makers, Theresa Baughman and Deren Guler. Check out some photos from their workshops!

“Warm Fuzzies” with Theresa Baughman

Selecting Materials

Sewing a Soft Fuzzy

Rice and Stuffing

Theresa, one of our former MAKESHOP interns, set up our workshop area with everything kids needed to sew a pillow that can be warmed up in the microwave. There wasn’t anything too complicated: some super-soft quilter’s cotton, a bit of polyfil to make it squishy, and some rice to retain the heat. Presto! These hand-made, stuffed objects are perfect for chilly days or sore muscles after a tough afternoon of running around the museum.

Visitors came and went as they pleased, making their projects as simple or complex as time and attention span would allow. Some younger visitors learned about the machine, made a pocket, filled it with rice, sewed it up, and called it a day, whereas several older kids spent upwards of an hour creating different shapes and styles of plush warm-ables to save and give as gifts.

Light Up Scarf/Hat Workshop with Deren Guler

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You may remember Deren from the Activated Origami workshops she’s taught in the past. This time around, she led a two-hour workshop in which participants used conductive thread, LED sequins, and fabrics that change color when heated to create some high-tech, high-fashion scarves.

Kids 8 and up were invited to participate for free, as long as they signed up in advance and had an adult along to help with the trickiest bits. No experience was required, so some visitors were able to jump right in and start experimenting, while others needed a primer on the basics before they could get to work. Everybody was challenged in some way and had to struggle with tools, materials or skills in order to complete their project. The fabulous finished wearables really reflected the time and energy commitment required of our kid and adult makers.

We always have workshops and activities that are suitable for older children. Check our blog or Museum calendar for more information!

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