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.

Me---doing my thing.

Me—doing my thing. I think this is the way kitchens are really meant to be used.

Last week, I had the opportunity to teach a class for an evening church activity (on my birthday, no less).

Class at church--14 signed up, but only five took the whole class. One of the 14 was my assistant (I'd taught her to pin loom weave a number of months ago) and she was a great asset!

Class at church—14 signed up, but only five took the class. One of the 14 was my assistant (I’d taught her to pin loom weave a number of months ago) and she was a great asset!

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).

Sue standing next to Sue.

Sue standing next to Sue. Jamille, seated.

Asia's grandmother and Asia.

Asia’s grandmother and Asia.

I have to admit Asia kind of blew us all away—she caught on really quickly and finished 20-30 minutes before the rest.

Asia's tree.

Asia’s tree.

Jamelle's tree (L), and Sue's (R).

Jamille’s tree (L), and Sue’s (R).

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.

Little tree stands.

Little tree stands.

The original class display.

The original class display.

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.

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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?)

Sweater pattern by Tanja Onkiehong-Maas.

Sweater pattern by Tanja Onkiehong-Maas.

 

2 Thoughts on “Adventures in Pin Loom Weaving—Teaching Classes!!!

  1. Jamille Sanford on 9 November 2016 at 3:28 PM said:

    I really loved the class! I’m finding your little pamphlet helpful as I’m not confident to do it all on my mine yet. I am trying to find a 2 inch loom. Are there other places besides eBay to look for them? Thanks again for the class!!!!

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