I chose to applique an owl this time, instead of needle felting a little bird. Next I'll add branches, leaves, with both applique and embroidery. Then I will sew the pieces back together, add blanket stitching, and test my memory about how I made the crocheted loop that closes over the button. I'll keep the faded button.
I enjoyed making a new owl, while the Club chatted, crafted with resin, and played the Vince Guaraldi album. There wasn't actually a whole lot of talk about Howl's Moving Castle, maybe a bit about hat making. No matter. These young folk were happy to stay two hours after school, talking and making buttons, sharing thoughts on Christmas music, and anime. We could hear the band playing... a concert, or a rehearsal. No doubt the robotics club was busy, too, peer mentoring in the metal shop, learning to program, writing grants, screenprinting, hanging out. I love these young people. I love how much they want to do in lives, their intelligence, their creativity, and inate curiosity. I want them to have clean air, and healthcare, space and resources to explore their interests, to be heard. I want them to have access to safe, kind, constructive opportunities. I want them to see, to really know, that we value them, as they are, above anything else.