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Hear the story of the Greek myth of Penelope with the Suitors from 'The Odyssey', then learn how to make your own tools to create printed patterns on fabric. 

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Handy tips and materials

Think of a story you might like to tell in print, or create your own version of 'Penelope with the Suitors'.

Here are some of the materials Bethan uses in the video:

  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Potato – remember to always ask an adult to help you when using a knife or sharp tools 
  • Leaves or flowers from outside
  • White cotton fabric – such as an old t-shirt or sheet – or you could print on paper instead

Find a space inside or outside and get ready to make and create! 


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Share your creations 

We'd love to see what you create and who you create it with.

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Take a closer look

Get up close to see some of the tiny details in the story of 'Penelope with the Suitors' by using our online zoom tool.

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