If you want to challenge yourself, do something new, or do something old in a new way. I’m not a stranger to teaching—even to being paid for teaching—but teaching a pin loom weaving class in someone else’s professional environment was a new challenge for this old teacher.
Last week, I had the opportunity to teach a class for an evening church activity (on my birthday, no less).
What an excellent warm-up it was for the class I taught today. Interestingly, the situation of teaching was about the same (minus the assistant, but plus the attendance of my husband through the whole class. Thanks to him we have photos of the event)—everyone was a beginner and everyone had about the same learning challenges from the first class to this one. I think it felt different (at least preparing for it) because this class was held in someone’s yarn store—not an ULTRA professional setting, which was also good (slightly less stressful).
I had three students and one observer: Sue (easy for me to remember that name), Jamille, Asia (not sure how old she is—12-14?), and Asia’s grandmother (whose name I embarrassingly have forgotten).
I have to admit Asia kind of blew us all away—she caught on really quickly and finished 20-30 minutes before the rest.
Though I offered the option of making a tree display, everyone decided to start with the ornament. My husband, Kerry, made these wonderful tree display stands for everyone. They can decide whether or not they’d like to pursue this potentially addictive pastime and MAKE MORE TREES.
I loved the classes, loved the friendliness, loved the comments as the students finished their trees, “It’s so cute!” There’s nothing like the feeling of learning something new and creating something delightful; there’s also nothing like the feeling of teaching people to do that kind of thing. Thank you to all my students (and helpers)! And thank you to Harmony yarn and fabric store for providing me the opportunity.
On another, related, note—I also want to share this photo of my 18″ doll wearing her newly finished sweater. We just finished a Doll Sweater Weave-Along on the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group and here is my creation. The main body and sleeves are pin loom woven squares. The knitted ribbing gives it a nice finish. Looks like I need to tighten up my weaving, or felt the sweater afterward, for it to fit the doll more snugly. (I also need to replace the pink bow, don’t you think?)