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so... i can't decide if that sucked or not. - when you don't know what to do...
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tashabear
tashabear
so... i can't decide if that sucked or not.
I could tell it'd been a while since I'd taught anything. That, and one hour is too short to teach basic drop-spindling. I felt like I was scattered and unfocused in both classes, jumping around from topic to topic. I wasn't really happy with it.

On the plus side, people seems to have learned stuff in the drop spinning class (shadowpony did very well, in fact). There was one girl I wish I could have sat and worked with, but I just didn't have time. She was fighting the wool, yanking on it and holding it too tight, and that never works. And I think I actually want to expand the apron dress class, too, to include the rest of the outfit.

Tomorrow should be better. I've had a run-through, plus I have a co-teacher who seems clueful in the extreme, so I think it'll be good. I made ten or twelve spindles tonight, to go with the eleven I already had, and spun leaders on all of them. That was kind of fun -- I had to use the extra-fine BFL instead of the medium grade, and it's like spinning silk, it's so nice. I'm going to spin a couple of bobbins of this on my spinning wheel and make myself some mittens.

So now, I'm going to bed, and I'll get up and make the sweet frumenty tomorrow before we go to Project Day. And Monday, I'm going to go buy new glasses. Sunglasses, at least; they got stolen with my purse. It's shiny out there sometimes.

Oh, and before I forget... rufinia, I made it to North Station with two minutes to spare. I wiould like to state for the record that I really hate the Green Line. There are too many trains and not nearly enough maps. I nearly missed my stop on the commuter rail, too-- I fell asleep on the train. I'm glad I didn't. I'd have been terribly bored, waiting for darkwolfie to come get me in Bradford.

i feel: discontent discontent

4 trips or shoot the rapids
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tpau From: tpau Date: November 12th, 2006 11:58 am (UTC) (base camp)
hey. thanks for teaching. i hear i won me a lesson with my drop spindle kit for mthe auction :)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 12th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Excellent! We'll have to get together some time and fiber-geek!
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: November 12th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC) (base camp)
"That, and one hour is too short to teach basic drop-spindling. I felt like I was scattered and unfocused in both classes, jumping around from topic to topic. I wasn't really happy with it."

That happens: as we found out at the Fashion Royalty convention in Baltimore, one hour is just not enough for any kind of crafting workshop. You spend most of that time handing out materials!

I clicked on your link over there and printed out your handout, which is really good. If you run into your wool-fighter, tell her to try reading it a few times like a magazine article (with emphasis on the last two paragraphs), and then practice a bit while she's watching TV or something. I suspect that spinning is one of those things you can't over-think.

Most of these old fiber arts aren't practical, e.g., it's way cheaper to buy a sweater or even a lace tea-cloth than to knit it, but it's meditative. Somewhere there's a picture of me in full battle drag sitting on top of an armored personnel carrier knitting lace on a circular needle. And I find that spinning up what I don't use for my dollie hair experiments uses the same finger movements as twisting the hair on that one spot on my head where the hair now breaks off half inch from the scalp...
tashabear From: tashabear Date: November 13th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC) (base camp)
That happens: as we found out at the Fashion Royalty convention in Baltimore, one hour is just not enough for any kind of crafting workshop. You spend most of that time handing out materials!

Well, no. I limit my class size for spinning; it really doesn't take me an hour to pass out class materials to ten students.

The reason why an hour isn't long enough for spinning is two-fold -- it gives me more time for lecture, and the students get time to practice with supervision before we move on to plying. My embroidery classes take two hours because I spend an hour lecturing before we move on to practical exercises. Hand sewing I can mostly cover in an hour.
4 trips or shoot the rapids