Hello and Happy New Year! I hope you are all recovering from a few weeks of too much sugar, fat, flour and general slovenliness. I know I am.
January always brings new direction for me and this year my thoughts and goals are with adding some teaching to my life. I have been finding myself ever so slightly overwhelmed with the possibilities of what to teach, so I’m reaching out to you all here, hoping you can help me narrow down the possibilities.
I do know, to start, I would like to work with just a few students at a time in my studio…It’s a pretty small space. If all goes well then I might want to branch out to a larger rented space and I would really love to work on making some video courses if anyone out there is interested.
Can I present you with a few possibilities? If you are interested and can give me some feedback as to what calls to you, it would really be helpful. If you have a different idea then please share that, too.
Would you like to learn how to make the flowers on this hat? A class in beginner wet felting would teach you how to create a flat piece of felt that can then be cut to create pretty flowers and leaves. With the same technique you can also create beautiful large roses. The flowers make a lovely brooch. I would also be happy to teach how to make the entire hat from beginning to end, but this does require basic knitting skills.
Once you have the skill to make a piece of flat felt, you can learn to make a felt hat…or bag , or slippers. This is a course I could teach if you have some wet felting experience or as a level 2 course after learning to make flowers. Wet Felting is very physical, so this is something to take into account before raising your hand. I take lots of breaks, so I don’t hurt myself.
And then there are these kind of flowers. These are made with a combination of needle felting and wet felting. Much of the felting happens before the wet felting begins, so they are easier on the body.
And then there is the limitless world of fabric flowers. This would be a fun course to teach because you can turn old t-shirts into beautiful flowers. I’m afraid I can’t teach you how to make this kind of straw braid hat because it took me around five years to figure it out and there are still tears, but I could teach you to make this kind of straw hat…
It’s definitely a course that would require sewing experience. You can also see another fabric flower possibility here.
Last, but not least is just plain old knitting. If there were enough folks interested I would be happy to either teach how to knit or maybe if you knit, but don’t believe you can knit a sweater or do colour work, I can prove you wrong.
So, there you have it! Too many possibilities. Have I overwhelmed you? I hope not. Please chatter away to me….and if you would like to see what I’m working on and where I’ve been, check out my latest Youtube video. Take Care. Anna