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WE DID IT! 500+ Kids Helped Me Weave My Dream House!

We did it! We took the lovely squares woven by more than 500 students at my daughters’ elementary school and we fashioned them into a woven house measuring 7 1/2 feet tall. Check it out!

The students in grades K-5 thought they were simply weaving a large rug, but I decided to surprise them with a house before I removed all the fabric from the looms. We unveiled the house during a school assembly on Friday and the kids erupted with cheers. It was awesome.

You will be able to read all the details next Sunday in my art & craft column on MLive.com. You can read about the project leading up to the unveiling in the first installment of this two-part column series here. And tune in to WZZM Channel 13’s “Take Five” morning show Thursday morning (May 3) to see footage from the unveiling of the house. (Thanks for coming out to shoot it, Dave!)

After the unveiling, many students lined up to go inside and look for their names on the tags identifying the creators of each square. It was a super fun day.

And now that I’ve had a couple days to catch up on sleep, I’m happy to report that I’m back running, making looms for my shop and working on the summer issue of CraftSanity Magazine. The patchwork house project was a hiatus I just had to take.

I had a blast working with my daughters and their school mates on this project and plan to go bigger next time. Stay tuned for details about how you can get involved. In the meantime, please save me your old t-shirts. I’m going to need a lot for my next community weaving project. : )

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Comment from Kristyn
Time: April 30, 2012, 11:07 pm

What a great project.

Comment from DianeP
Time: May 1, 2012, 7:31 am

Wow! Congratulations on a super-exciting project for the children! How cool that they got to go inside and find their own square!!

Great job!

Comment from Nardy
Time: May 1, 2012, 10:12 am

That’s awesome!

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Time: May 1, 2012, 12:19 pm

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Comment from Lona
Time: May 2, 2012, 10:47 am

Amazing! Well-done!

Comment from Holly
Time: May 2, 2012, 9:32 pm

I am always inspired by your blog (and everything else you do), but this project…Wow! I’ve always had an interest in woven architecture and am in the playhouse business, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw this project. Wish we lived closer. I’d love to be involved in a project like this. Can’t wait to see what you do next!

My grandmother still uses the potholders I made as a child. I think it’s time for my boys to learn how.

Comment from jennifer
Time: May 3, 2012, 4:59 pm

Hi Holly. I wish we lived closer, too. I just took a peek at your blog. Love the curved playhouse. I want an adult-sized playhouse in my backyard. I’m thinking this might be the summer to make that happen. I’d like to build one out of recycled materials.

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Time: May 8, 2012, 12:33 pm

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