Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: Arts: Instruction & How-to

Hands On Crafts for Kids Series 7: Crafting in the USA (cc)

Learning to do crafts is not only fun, it's very educational. In this series we travel across every geographic region of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, to celebrate the customs, folklore and symbols of the 50 United States. Produced by Katherine Stull, Inc. Closed-Captioned. Programs available on 13 Click for more

1. The New England States (cc)

01. The New England States (cc)

This program looks at crafts historically linked to the New England States. Clay Lobster - The chief lobster fisheries in the U.S. are located in New England, especially in Maine. Lobsters are crustaceans, all have a pair of pincers called chelapeds, or "claws"; one is a heavier crusher claw, the other a smaller feeding claw. We always picture lobsters as red - but did you know that most start out as other colors, even blue/green, and only turn red when they are boiled. Braided Rug - Recycling is not a new idea. The American folk art of rug braiding originated in New England in the 1820's. Resourceful women cut wool strips from used clothing and blankets; then recycled them into braided floor rugs. Rhode Island Penny Rug - The Rhode Island Red Chicken is the state bird of Rhode Island, the home of the first Penny Rug. This rug got its name because coins were used as templates to cut wool circles from used blankets and clothing. The circles were then stitched in a decorative pattern to a wool background with a blanket stitch. Penny Rugs were also used as bed coverings and table runners. Tic-Tac-Toe - The Rhode Island Red shows up again in this fun game. Store the game pieces in their own coop too. Maple Soap - New England is known for its abundance of trees, including the beautiful maple. Maples are known not just for their beautiful colored leaves in the fall, but also for maple syrup. Our soap has both the maple shape and scent. 06/09DE/CC Closed-Captioned PIA 30 min.
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