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My crochet lessons diary week 11

Lesson 11, January 25th, 2023

Today we did something very different = make pom-pom Christmas ornaments. Now, we know Christmas is still a looooong time from now, but we want to make sure we have more than enough of these ornaments by then. So best start now. And crocheting only in the lesson would make it a little boring for such active girls, so something else once in a while is good for them.

We wouldn’t want them to get bored

We all know what kids are like. They like something now and in 2 weeks from now they’ve grown tired of it. To avoid that, I’ve added other crafts to my crochet lessons in school. And since there will be a festival and exhibition in school next month, the girls asked to learn to make the pom-pom Christmas ornaments. They want many ready by December so best start now. These ornaments can be used for other celebrations of course. They would be fun to hang all over the place on a birthday or even Easter.

Next month these ornaments will be shown in that exhibition to show the rest of the island that this school has crochet & crafts lessons. The only school on the island to have such lessons!

The pom-pom ornaments

In the coming days I’ll be adding a crafts categorie to my blog. In there the very first blog post will be my pom-pom Christmas ornaments tutorial. You’ll have to give me a couple of days to get this done. I’m still working on my new crochet pattern (Elias, The Easter Bunny) and so it will take a couple of days to get this tutorial on my blog. In the meantime I’ll tell you the girls and I used:

  1. Styrofoam balls (2.5cm/1inch diameter)
  2. Mini pom-poms (1.5cm diameter, sorry can’t figure out how much that is in inches)
  3. Uhu glue (that’s just crafts glue available in Indonesia. Dries quite fast without the risk of gluing your fingers together)
  4. Some beads
  5. Scissors
  6. Bit of yarn

This is what the pom-pom ornaments look like:

It was really a LOOOOOT of fun making them!!! I even made some more at home after the lesson. Couldn’t help myself ๐Ÿ˜„

Tears…lots of them

It had to happen of course….one of the girls forgot to bring glue. Yep, there’s always some who forget theirs stuff at home. And this one cried. I’m not a cry for everything type of person. Don’t worry, I’m not an ice queen. I’m just a no-nonsense person. Always have been. So I looked at the girl, told her to take a deep breath (cause having a red face from crying really isn’t a good look) and just borrow my glue.

I have 4 kids and so I am way too used to having kids who forget to bring their stuff = I had lots of glue and other things needed for the pom-pom ornaments, ready in a big bag under the table. I so knew this was gonna be necessary.

So she borrowed my glue and gone were the tears. Until….yep, there’s more….until she ran out of glue. The kid had used a LOT of glue apparently and managed to finish the glue. And back were the tears. Flooding the classroom really isn’t necessary. It’s just glue! Since the other girls were done with their ornaments, we decided to clean up and start cutting felt shapes for next week’s lessons. Got to do something to avoid having that girl flood the school. ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

Glue everywhere ๐Ÿค”

I had asked the girls to work above plastic or cardboard to keep the tables clean. I don’t like having glue everywhere. Especially glue that is difficult to remove. But guess what….I know you know what must have happened with a bunch of kids that age = glue everywhere!!!!!! Somehow they had managed to get glue all over the place. I was like “giiiiirls…. we got cctv cameras all over the place here. Lets not make a mess. We don’t want the headmistress to think we’re filthy messy people.

Should have seen her face when she walked past us and saw the tables ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ We cleaned up though. Lots of wet tissues and water and soap and the glue was gone.

That’s it for this week. Next week we’ll make felt keychains/ornaments. Bit in the so very cute kawaii style with googly eyes ๐Ÿ˜
Sofie Julien Versluys
Sofie Julien Versluys

Was born in Belgium but moved to Indonesia as a child. Have been living here ever since. I absolutely LOVE crochet and knitting. I made this blog to help others get to the same level as me. And to make sure people have a place to come to with questions. Even the very beginner questions. Go ahead and ask me!

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