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IGHL Workshop

About this design:

I was asked by IGHL to present a workshop for the "consumers" at their dayhab program. IGHL stands for independent group home living - a program for special needs adults.
I wanted to have them make "real" jewelry, while keeping the cost down. LB came through with the perfect materials.
I prepared as much as possible before hand so all they/we had to do was string beads in a simple pattern. The two young ladies pictured were able to string their necklaces independently.


turquoise magnesite, Rose Quartz, seed beads

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    I had parental permission to share photos. One of the teachers set up the display. It was a fabulous experience. They talked about the session for days!

  2. CatPark
    CatPark says:

    I am so happy to see how this turned out for you. Glad to hear that they had so much fun doing this. An absolutely rewarding experience for everyone.

  3. Skittles mommy
    Skittles mommy says:

    That’s awesome Jeanne! Love how you had the little bags with the beads ready to go and then perfect for finished product.

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    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    That’s Awesome Jeanne!

  5. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    I echo the Chickies’ comments: awesome! :D

  6. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    What a wonderful idea, Jeanne! You can really tell how much fun the ladies were having! Great plan to have the “ingredients” bagged up and ready for creating the jewelry! :D

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Cathy -
    Thank you so much for your help! I couldn’t have put this together in such a short time without it.

    Friends – I appreciate your kind words!
    Those bags are actually finished necklaces ready to go home. We let them choose from the two colors. I did have clasps already strung on lengths of beading wire.
    The gentlemen in the group either used “turquoise” for themselves or chose pink for mom’s or aides.

  8. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    That’s so wonderful, Jeanne. I’m sure they really appreciated it. :)

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Hi Ivy!!!
    So good to hear from you! It was great to hear from the teacher the next day. The participants couldn’t stop talk about the experience.

  10. Jade aka Caryn
    Jade aka Caryn says:

    That looks like a great experience and extra practice teaching. I like the use of the is felt? I may have to borrow that idea for my next class (in March). I also have my “kits” bagged and ready but the felt will be great.

  11. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Jeanne, this was a wonderful idea! What a great experience for everyone!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Thank you Caryn and NY Bella!
    Caryn – the felt was a last minute “aha”. I had nightmares of beads rolling all over the place. Luckily I had felt yardage in the basement left over from my dad, an upholster. I grabbed it on my out the door and one of the teachers cut it for me. I know a local craft store carries 8×10 rectangles if I want something neater in the future. Less expensive than commercial bead mats and it does the trick.

  13. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Bravo Jeanne! I’m sure you took more away from this experience than anyone. Many, many years ago I taught a 6 week painting workshop for special needs students ranging in age from 15 to about 25 years. At the end of the workshop the students had at least one picture each that was put in an exhibit at the local art association gallery. This was probably one of the most rewarding experiences I have every had. The main thing I learned was, “Don’t interfere” unless help was asked for. We worked with water color, pastels, tempra and oil paint. There was some fantastic work that came out of this workshop.
    Again, BRAVO for being willing to do something that was probably out of your comfort zone.

  14. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Jeanne so wonderfu! Believe it or not thats what I do for a living, I work in a CBRF as a resdential coor..w/ developmental disabilities.. I do this all the time with my wonderful people here too!!!! Thank You!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  15. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Such a wonderful way to share your talents with these special adults. It look like they had a marvelous time and I am sure it was very rewarding for you! I taught a class and prepackaged all supplies. It made it so much easier for all. I used dishtowels for the mats.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Dishtowels were a great idea, Dawn!

    Nancy, I was able to draw on my experience as a first grade teacher, but many of these friends were developmentally lower than my students. I definitely encountered behaviors that I was not accustomed too. Your painting workshop sounds like it was an amazing experience! How great to be able to develop relationships over time.

    Lynn – Sounds like you love your job! So rewarding! I’m hoping to go back to this center again in the summer when I have more time.

  17. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    A hand towel is my standard work surface for stringing; really cuts down on rolling escapees (better than felt or foam), and easy to clean. In my traveling kit, I use a washcloth .

  18. MoonBell
    MoonBell says:

    Oh, I LOVE this idea. Our community hosts a camp every late summer for brain injured adults, I think this would be AWESOME! We take them shopping, fishing, hiking, etc. But I can only help serve meals, b/c it would be too much to take the kids with me and do the other stuff, but I could do THIS! All right, now I’m all excited.

  19. DMYJewelryDesign on etsy
    DMYJewelryDesign on etsy says:

    Inspiring! How wonderful and the necklaces look great!

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    Deb D Grammy Chick says:

    Oh, Jeanne, God bless you for the wonderful things you do for others. Things like that mean so much to the ones you do it for. Sharing your time and yourself is one of the greatest gifts we can give. I worked for our local school district when my daughter was young, and was an instructional aide in a 7th/8th grade learning support classroom. They were main-streamed for a few classes, but were with us most of the day. I’ll never forget those kids, and how much they enjoyed hands-on projects as part of their learning experience. They’re adults now, but when I run into one of them they never fail to mention this or that project. Be assured that you touched those lives in a way they will never forget! :D

  21. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    Very nice of you sweet lady you will always be remembered for this kind act I prase you from the bottom of my heart because not every one can do what you do Bless you Deb

  22. Chickie Nonnie T
    Chickie Nonnie T says:

    That was such a wonderful thing for you to do. It must have been very rewarding for you and so special for the participants. When i was an active master gardener, we used to take flowers to one of the local nursing homes and helped the patients to make their own arrangements. You can tell it really means so much to them to have someone spend that time with them. Also for them to have the satisfaction of making something themselves.

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