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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Classes, classes, classes…

A felting class at the Harpeth Art Center

One of my favorite things about being a fiber artist is teaching. I LOVE to teach, and it's one thing I never want to stop doing. Introducing someone to a new fiber art, or watching the light bulb come on for a student who finally gets the thing they have been struggling with… such a thrill!! People love to learn that they can make a beautiful and amazing thing.

Of course, I also currently work a full time job as an environmental engineer, so I don't have as much time to teach as I would like. I am teaching a 2-hour workshop on nalbinding this week for our local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). Classes I teach for the SCA and for my local Handweavers Guild are part of the way I support these organizations.

For the more public teaching side, I have taught make-and-take felting mini-workshops for kids and adults at places like the Discovery Center,  Watkins College of Art, and the Art department at MTSU.
I have also enjoyed teaching longer workshops in felting, spinning, knitting, nalbinding, etc. at art and craft centers like Sarratt Studios, the Harpeth Art Center, and the John C. Campbell Folk School. In fact, I have another weekend workshop on the schedule to teach nalbinding at the Folk School next June. And I have also taught classes at yarn shops, fiber festivals, and even taught some classes at Joann's for a while.

Wow! I forget how many classes I have taught until I sit down and make a list! And there are still other places I'd still like to teach. My wish list includes the Black Sheep Gathering, Arrowmont, the Appalachian Center for Craft, Penland, the North House Folk School, Vesterheim, and Convergence. I look forward to making many new friends and meeting up with some old ones in the near future! and if you have a few friends and would like me to come teach a class, please let me know. I'll put a list of classes I teach on my website in the near future.  

We have so many amazing places to connect, learn, and create!

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