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I'm thinking about teaching at GNEW, since I won't be teaching at Pennsic.  There are actually some classes that I'd also like to take, but I don't know if I'll have time, given the lady in waiting thing.

Anyway, so I want to teach.  There are two classes that I think would be fun; one that I've taught before and one that I haven't.  The one that I've taught before is "Drop-spinning Without Dropping Your Spindle" -- I have handouts and kits all ready to go for that. 

The other one, which I haven't taught before, is about cutting and sewing Norse apron dresses (I don't have a catchy title for it yet).  It'll be more "here's how you measure and layout a pattern" than a practical class, but I do want to present some of the archaeological findings that I've read about (like how almost everyone I see wearing apron dresses make their straps too wide), if only to fill out the class and give the attendees something to ask about.

So, thoughts from the audience?  Which should I teach?  Given that I will be attending TRM and might be working court, I can't do both.  Which do folks think would be more desired by class-goers at GNEW?

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tpau From: tpau Date: June 5th, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC) (base camp)
hm... i always think that hands-on you leave with stuff classes are better...
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 5th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I wish I could do the apron class as hands-on, but we won't have the space and time to layout all the dresses. It's so much fun to see people look with disbelief at how narrow the bodice pieces are, and then it gets put together and it not only fits, but flatters.
tpau From: tpau Date: June 5th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC) (base camp)
yeah really :) but i'd do the drop spindle then, so folks cna play :)
ladymorgaine From: ladymorgaine Date: June 5th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I would very much like to take the drop spindle class! :) If you teach it, I will come.

The other would be academically interesting to me, but not being my persona I'd be less likely to take it if I saw it in a class listing.

That said, because it's YOU that would be teaching...I'm a big fan of yours and will attend either one.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 5th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Aw! *hug*
xianghua From: xianghua Date: June 5th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Both sound neat...

Wish you were down here, I'd take that apron dress class!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 5th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Both sound neat...

This is the basis.
msmemory From: msmemory Date: June 5th, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC) (base camp)
How wide should the straps be? Mine ended up 1" when flattened and pressed, which was the thinnest I could sew by machine and then turn right-side-out. If they should be thinner, how should I construct them? I mean to make a second apron dress one of these days, having worn the same one all winter for thorsbaby's reign.

tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 6th, 2006 12:57 am (UTC) (base camp)
Evidence shows that they were about a centimeter wide and were likely tablet woven, which width I agree is too narrow to be sewn and turned on a machine. I've been known to use double-fold bias tape, which is admittedly not an ideal solution. What I did most recently was cut strips 2cm wide, fold and press, and then stitch along the raw edge with a blanket stitch, which I saw here is a type of stitch used in the Dark Ages to finish raw edges.

How do you lay out your dress, with the fabric folded in thirds or in quarters?
baronessv From: baronessv Date: June 5th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I'd vote for the apron dress class, but only because I loathe spinning :P I also already have a background in patterning so it tends to be more interesting to me.
I attended a class on the Grande Assiete sleeve at Pennsic last year (with Maitresse Marcele, I think?), in which she actually draped the garment on a model in class so we could all see how it was done. I didn't walk away with a garment, but I did walk away with a bunch of useful knowledge and am pretty confident I could repeat the process.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: June 6th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC) (base camp)
If I knew I'd have a table, I'd go ahead and lay one out, but I'm not sure I would. They're so easy to do; it's one of the things I love best about doing Norse clothing.
cellio From: cellio Date: June 6th, 2006 03:04 am (UTC) (base camp)
I can't speak to this particular event, and I might be biased (having also worked on the apron-dress problem), but I'd probably do the apron-dress class because the subject is a little more specialized -- meaning there are fewer people who can teach that subject. (I realize the danger in that line of reasoning, which is why I made the disclaimers.)

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