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In the Spring of 2014, we developed our first series of children’s programs based upon Tasha’s 1956 book, Around the Year. We brought our pilot program into our local Montessori school. Students created miniature pies, miniature cards and a picture frame with a wreath-like border based on the traditions of Vermont author, illustrator and early American lifestyle icon, Tasha Tudor (1915-2008). All projects were inspired by Tasha’s 1957 book, Around the Year, which illustrates a family enjoying the activities presented by each season. Students visit a time before computers, video games and the like and discover the joys within their own artistic pursuits.
In the Fall of 2014, we developed a second program, this time focusing on crafting with wool. Students will learn about the versatility of wool and create projects may include wet-felted soap, needle-stitching a fairy, gnome or pumpkin. Tasha Tudor used wool in her daily life. From carding, spinning and dyeing wool to knitting socks, mittens and shawls, to wearing wool tights and petticoats in the winter and creating corgi dogs, rabbits and owls to play with, wool was a natural and renewable material in both Tasha’s life and crucial to the survival of most early American inhabitants. Our projects include several wet felting classes, natural dyeing and two needle felting projects.
It is our hope to continue to grow this program and in the future, invite volunteers to bring our programs into schools across the country.