Today was the day I led the Teen Craft Circle. We had three kids show up--two girls and a boy. The had two patterns to choose from--Heather Holland-Daly's "Pyramids" and "Universe" from her book Stitch Graffiti. The boy picked "Universe" and the two girls picked "Pyramids" so they could choose their colors (though the young man chose his own).
We were supposed to go from 2:45-4:00. Well, we finally got them to stop at 5:00! And the boy's mother had to call him a second time before he went home. (Now, he's 14, so I'm kind of wondering if he was really interested in the stitching or maybe interested in one of the girls, but either way he's stitching.) (But he did only respond when the librarian asked, "Want to make a bookmark?") He did decide that "this hobby is for people who have patience. And maybe a lot of time." One of the girls is already planning her next project. She's decided to draw a star on the perforated paper and fill it in--and then started flipping through Heather's book, so maybe not a star, maybe a pattern from the book. The other girl was having some trouble, but she kept at it until she had to go off and do her homework. I also got the teen librarian--a knitter--stitching. She had some trouble in the last two weeks since I first started her stitching, and she came this week with quite an impressive hole in her perforated paper. (We went over proper technique for removing stitches, and I suggested she loosen her tension a bit.)
It was fun. I spent most of my time walking around the table fixing problems and confirming which hole they should be stitching in. The two hours flew by! I'm looking forward to seeing them again in two weeks.