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Huichol beading

We learned about the Huichol peoples in Mexico and some of their beliefs and practices to honor nature and the spirit world.  We learned about the role of the shaman, as messenger between the spirit and human world.  After looking at important figures in Huichol life, such as the deer, eagle, corn and cactus, we … Continue reading Huichol beading

Sashiko embroidery

We learned about Sashiko embroidery, a Japanese stitching method historically used by people who could not afford new clothing and would use stitching to strengthen broken fabric.  Traditionally, sashiko-stitched symbols have also been used to give talismanic protection to the wearer.  After tracing our selected patterns onto fabric, we learned to use a continuous line … Continue reading Sashiko embroidery

Finger knitting

Consistently, kindness and generosity are two of the many positive traits we see in our students at Spark.  Each day we witness so many moments of helping, sharing and exchanging of wisdom and skill.  The children initiated their own finger knitting circle, where the children with more experience patiently guided the others through the process … Continue reading Finger knitting