This week in class, we had two crafts since we didn't have a class last week. We discussed book five, Marie-Grace Makes a Difference and book six, Cecile's Gift. For week five, we made silhouettes. Since I remember in one of the books that Cecile has a Cameo necklace, I decided not to give them cameo necklaces for a craft, but make something better and more personal. So I had one of my mom helpers take them into a dark room with my lamp that I brought from home. We taped a 12 x 12" square of scrapbook paper on the wall, and traced the girl's shadow. Then they took their white piece into the room, cut it out with scissors, and glued it to a black piece of 12 x 12" card stock. They turned out great, even though some of the girls thought theirs looked funny, I assured them that their mom would love it. Some of the girls also had a hard time leaving the paper white, since I wouldn't allow them to draw or color on it!
Our second craft was a tignon head wrap. I watched A LOT of videos of women wrapping their heads, and ended up using a very simple technique. I gave each girl a 31" square of fabric (which I cut from two sets of twin sheet set that I bought at Goodwill!) Then they took their square and folded one side down into a triangle about 1/3 of the fabric down. They took the long folded side and laid it across their forehead, and tucked it behind their ears. Then they gathered it at the nape of their neck like a ponytail. They took the "ponytail" piece and twisted and twisted and twisted it. When the long ponytail part was twisted, they wrapped it around itself into a bun.They looked great! The girls looked SO different, and it was so cute on each one of them!
Also, I liked this quote about why this was a common practice in the 1800's in Louisiana...
In 1786, while Louisiana was a Spanish colony, the governor forbade: But the women, who were targets of this decree, were inventive & imaginative with years of practice. They decorated their mandated tignons, made of the finest textiles, with jewels, ribbons, & feathers to once again outshine their white counterparts. (found here)
here on my blog, I used the easier one for my crepes that I made...
The 2:00 class in their white & blue head wraps...
When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.
But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown.”