Charlie Needs a Cloak by Tomie dePaolaIn the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, no one could do informational picture books like Tomie dePaola. Cultural studies, folktales, historical pieces, religious tradition, even basic science were all in his repertoire, and several classics arose among his many works. Charlie Needs a Cloak is a simple walkthrough of the process by which sheeps wool is made into clothing, the minor miracle of turning an animals natural winter coat into a cloak to keep the shepherd warm against the snowy season. During the story, were also entertained by the antics of the sheep, and a mouse bustling in and out of the shepherds house. Its a charming marriage of visuals and narrative.
Charlie takes good care of his small flock of sheep, but he needs a new cloak. His old one hangs in tatters, its bright red faded to dull pink. So Charlie begins the process of making a new cloak. He shears his sheep in spring and gathers the wool. He washes it, cards the wool to straighten out the kinks, and painstakingly spins it into high-quality yarn. In summer he picks pokeweed berries to dye the yarn vibrant red, and on autumn evenings he weaves it into cloth for his garment. Charlie patiently cuts, pins, and sews the cloth into the gorgeous red cloak hell wear come winter. Its all part of the life of a shepherd, whose daily care for his flock does not go unrewarded.
Tomie dePaolas illustrations are warm and affectionate, as usual. The story has value as nonfiction, showing the effort required to turn a natural resource into functional, attractive clothing for a shepherd without modern manufacturing at his disposal. Products we take for granted arent always as easy to make as we assume. The wordless sub-story with the sheep and the mouse is amusing for readers who arent interested in how clothes are made, so younger and older kids can both enjoy the book. Charlie Needs a Cloak isnt emotionally affecting like some of Tomie dePaolas works, but its whimsical, cozy, informative, and I like it. I wouldnt mind reading it a few times a year.
Easy Princess Cape Tutorial
Show less A cape can be used for fashion or for costume purposes. It's a fairly straightforward item of clothing that has been used throughout the centuries to add warmth, increase stature or improve appearance. From Red Riding Hood to the catwalk, a cape looks good. This wikiHow will show you a few ways to make a basic cape in various styles. To make a cape, start by getting fabric for the outer part of your cape and the lining, like cotton, flannel, satin, or wool.
Fairies, hobbits, superheroes, villains, queens, princesses and the like all need a cape to complete the outfit.
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How to make a Cloak Tutorial:
I had made him one from a sheet for our 1st time, and only one so far, but it was very rough and I gave it away to one of the teenagers at the end. Since we always seem to have reasons to have things like a cloak I decided to make him a better one. Here it is, his very own cloak. As promised here is a little tutorial on how I made these easy cloaks. Please keep in mind I have not used any other patterns for them, just kind of winged it as I went First I took some black fabric I had laying around,it is the approximate size of a full size flat bed sheet and cut a diagonal. I folded the fabric in half, measured down about 24" down on the open side and cut a rough line then sewed on the diagonal.
Fold your fabric in half, matching the short edges, with the ribbon inside. Best Aunt Ever. Every mother should know about this! I should have known better than to check my email this morning! I have another 10 hours left in my work day, with 24 more to go this weekend!
My thinking is that once she realises how much she loves this cape, she'll be desperate to go as LRH and I'll make her a red one! That's the cunning plan anyway. However, within minutes I realised that sewing silk velvet is a pain in the arse! It's stretchy and slippery. I had plans to line this cape but was struggling to even sew a few inches - even though I had pinned it to within an inch of its life.