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Eco-Fair display at St Rita’s Elementary

I just realised I haven’t posted any news items and there have been things happening!

One recent event was at St Rita’s Elementary School. I was invited to put on a display and demo of milkbag weaving, as part of their school Eco-Fair (24 March). The student displays in the gym had been made by different grades, all focusing on being a more environmentally aware person. For my part, there were posters, hand-outs, cards — and, of course, samples of bags and mats, both woven and crochet’d.

Using milkbags in this way was a totally new concept to the students, so the whole process was a mystery — and ended up being hugely fascinating to them. Like all students, they wanted to touch everything — so it made sense to get them to actually weave a few strands. I’d brought along a bag of pre-made stringers (all red) and a frame with only 3 or 4 sea-green rows done. By the end of the day (2:30), pretty much half a mat had been woven!

Here’s a brief slide-show to show how it went.

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17 April conference handouts now available

I’ve now added links and info from the recent (17 April 2015) OCDSB Leadership Conference held in Ottawa to the page `Weaving with milkbags’ (click on tab in the bar above).

Eco-Fair 2014 summary

The 2014 Eco-Fair was held at Bell’s Corners United Church on 18 October.

I thought the day was very well attended — both in terms of exhibitors and visitors. A
photo-story summary can be found here:

http://bellscorners.wordpress.com/2014/10/19/bells-corners-eco-fair-2014/

Milkbag Crochet Project boothThere were people stopping by our table all day long — some had already been involved; many knew about collecting bags but not what was made; many knew what was made but not where they went; and there were some people who had never heard of the whole project and kept coming back to see more … There were also quite a few children, esp. ones whose schools have collected the bags — now they have a better idea of what happens after that ๐Ÿ™‚

Around the tables were all the different kinds of milkbags we’ve come across — I’d created this `banner’ for a school demonstration last spring and it seemed a nice `decorative’ touch to add to the tables.

Bins with suppliesAs well, there were bins with milkbags at various stages, so I could demonstrate any given step easily. As it was, there was too much traffic and not enough space to actually have people sit down and give it a try. But it was useful, nevertheless, to set it all out. The box of sets (30 or so) was useful, to show how compactly one could store milkbags — as opposed to having hundreds of them scrunched up into a garbage bag!

Display panel for posters I had three really nice poster `photo stories’ mounted on boards behind the tables (thanks to my daughter for the posters and for setting things up `nicely’ ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

We had quite a few handouts: updated versions of theย Milkbag Crochet Instructions Flyer, as well as many cards with all the websites and contact info. As well, I had a 1-page flyer (Contact info for Eastern Ontario (mostly)) on many groups in the Ottawa area and beyond, the result of surveying members of a mailing list that Barbara Eade had included me on in September (contact people for groups in many different areas). You can find the .pdfs for the posters here:

chinterests.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/poster-photo-stories-from-the-eco-fair-2014/

Gotta love a mascot with a sash!

Gotta love a mascot with a sash!

While we were setting up on Friday afternoon, Barbara Eade came around with a teddy-bear … crocheted … purple Sealtest bags! One of three cuties that someone had dropped off with mats … so my daughter set him up as a mascot — and I tell you, people stopped by to comment on him … and then eventually looked at the display. So — thank you, Barbara! And … if I could … I’d like to keep him for a while …:-)

Half-height frame, half done

Half-height frame, half done

Danielle Duval-Conway came with several frames, showing various stages of weaving — had a fantastic time with her! Thank you so much, Danielle! I’m going to post some photos of her frames, because she’s made some interesting innovations on the plans that are currently found on the Milkbags Unlimited website — essentially, to make the frames more space-efficient, she’s `folded’ the frame height in half … you work on both sides of the frame, which is then only half as high as the Milkbags Unlimited plans.

And then she has a version with `legs’, so that it stands like an A-frame — very clever ideas that I think will appeal to people who want to move over to weaving but perhaps find the idea of a 6-ft high frame a bit too unwieldy.

A-frame (D. Duval-Conway's design)

A-frame (D. Duval-Conway’s design)

And the mats themselves? They’re thick! Two fingers’ thick, on the edge! The trimmed milkbags are cut once, in the middle, to yield two very very wide `bands’, which are then chained together to make the strips that will be woven.

Woven mat (by D. Duval-Conway) -- it's about 2 fingers thick!

Woven mat (by D. Duval-Conway) — it’s about 2 fingers thick!

Detailed instructions will be appearing elsewhere so this is just a quickie overview. But I have to say that I really like her innovations.

A number of teachers stopped by, especially intrigued by the weaving samples and spoke with Danielle about how they might bring it into their schools. I know Danielle had been thinking of that before the Eco-Fair so I do hope it works out!

I spoke with a lot of people, actually! Including two ladies from the Woodroffe United Church milkbag group. Many used the Eco-Fair as an opportunity to drop off finished sleeping mats — as did I, with most all of what our group’s done over the past two months. I forgot to count how many mats there were … easily 50 or more mats, both sleeping and sitting … and a couple of shoulder bags.

The day’s haul.

In all, I think it was all really worth it. There are .pdf files for most all the items at the display, so if anyone wants to use them for demonstrations or displays, please go ahead … but I’d ask that a credit line to me be included ๐Ÿ™‚ And for the 1-page list of contacts, please pass along any updates or new groups and I’ll do up a new version for everyone to use.

Poster photo stories from the Eco-Fair 2014

Here are .pdf files for the various poster photo stories that were on display at the Milkbag Crochet booth for this year’s Eco-Fair.

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