I have a friend who started a small ranch-based combination animal rescue/learning environment for people with brain injuries (and at-risk youths). From her web site, Hope Farms Project (yes, I made her web site):
“Inspired by her son who suffered a stroke before birth, Lisa is committed to offering children, youth and adults with disabilities an opportunity to live up to their fullest potential. She believes that nature, nurtures. Lisa’s personal experience watching her son grow and heal in nature with animals has motivated her to leave the political job she loved and pursue her passion for animal-assisted social work. Hope Farms Project is the result of that decision and she has never looked back.”
I’ve been volunteering my graphic design services to Hope Farms whenever I can and have also helped in her garden. This year she got the great idea of teaching homesteading skills to her students and asked me if I would do the honors. She knows I’m a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, make a lot of things from scratch and have a few homesteading skills myself. I jumped at the opportunity!
Classes will be held the first Wednesday of the month and so the first one was April 6. The theme was sewing, the first project was to make a 12″ pillow. I thought it would be nice if I chronicled the classes here and it would give me extra things to write about. This was a good project to get the students familiar with a sewing machine, sewing by hand, using a pattern and how things “go together.”
Learning how to sew at an early age has been the basis, I think, for many of my other skills, having used the knowledge to do things like build fences, tile my kitchen splashboard, design my own clothes and inventing a fabric pet-related product that I had sold on the internet for five years.
I’m trying something new with the project instructions: I’m using a plugin designed for recipes for the instructions! I think WP Ultimate Recipe would be pleased. You can find my instructions here: