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Puppets on a Stick

Today, I took Mia to an Art Adventure Day at the Cathedral. We had a great time. She was reluctant to go when I picked her up. A half our in , she proclaimed she did not want to leave and she wanted to come back every day!! We only had 4 kids as four had to drop out at the last minute for a family event. So it was an easy peasy day.

They talked a bit about Chinese culture, especially celebrations. Then, if they didn’t know, we found out what animal year they were born in. It was suggested, but not mandatory that they could design a stick puppet of that animal.

Here is Mia working on her rabbit.



McKenzie decided to do a funky monkey:



Alex made 3-headed snake.


Kate made a dragon and a small mouse.


I made this snake for Milo so that he could join in the fun with Mia.


Here is Alice, our cathedral art director helping the kids. She is such a great teacher and has a real warmth and sense of humor.


Here they are doing an impromptu puppet show:



I have my supplies all packed and I am ready to attend my 5-day class on shibori dyeing. I’ll try to check in with some photos of my work.

6 Responses to “Puppets on a Stick”

  1. betty goodwin says:

    How wonderful of you to share your shibori techniques and pictures. I’ve done the stiched shibori and also have a bit of arashi shibori in retinue of past classes so I appreciate the efforts you have put forth. Then I’m taking a 5-day class with Jan Myers-Newberry in Oct. at the barn. Your were into so many different facets of shibori and have made wonderful fabrics! Keep up the great work! BTW, you didn’t mention your teacher’s name.

  2. Karoda says:

    The indigo dye workshop looks really cool…I’m debating a mud cloth workshop next month but something tells me I can figure it out on my on if I think about it long enough and then dive in…and I love the puppets here…I think it takes a special kind of endurance to work with children in a group…and that young man has great hair!

  3. Reva says:

    Enjoy your workshop and say hi to Judilee for me. My OCAC buddies — Beth, Ilsa, Celene and probably Mary — are having lunch there tomorrow. I won’t be able to make it, since we have dinner guests and a lot to do, but I’d bop in and say “hello” if I could!

  4. Deborah says:

    Catheral Art Director?! How can I get that job? What a wonderful event. Can’t wait to see your shibori.

  5. teri says:

    This looks like SO much fun!!

    Can’t wait to see your shibori.


  6. Judy says:

    Looks like the day at the Cathedral was a great success! Can’t wait to see what you bring home from your shibori class.