After spending the majority of this weeks writing grants galore while managing all of the end of the year programs, parties and potlucks, I am feeling totally wiped and have been leaving school feeling like I am scraping the bottom of the barrel for energy these days and wondering if anything I have been teaching has been making it into my students’ minds. I have been focusing on fiber arts with all grades for the past week, trying to wind down the year with all one media in order to start storing things for the summer, and I frequently have students frustrated in class by the concept of a running stitch. Also- we are currently in the throes of SOL testing, which means that many of my classes couldn’t even come to art class during the past two weeks. I sent the stitchery away with my fourth graders, wondering what sort of mayhem I may have just inflicted on their classroom teacher, hoping that they would survive until the next time they came into my classroom. Needless to say, I could really use a positive stitchery pick-me-up, and I was thrilled with the students creativity and dedication to learning new stitches that were not even required at the fourth grade level. They had the option of choosing how to put the stitches together to create their sampler, and I was afraid that every sampler would look the same, but I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome so far. Some of the results are posted below.