I have learned a great deal about teaching sewing in the last 9 months. It started out as an exciting new adventure working with both kids and adults. Each class was something new to me, that, while I had made the projects in the past, I had not taught them. Now, I feel more comfortable approaching a class. I feel more aware of my strengths and my weaknesses. For all that, I am still filled with butterflies and a level of anxiety I was not anticipating.
A rather large part of the process is prep work. Just like with teaching of any sort, you have to consider the process, the learning, the description of technique. While I had a lot of experience working with kids, this has been my first real foray into teaching sewing. I did a few little hand work classes and helped people one on one in the past. So I spent some time bumbling. At least that is the way it felt to me.
I think I have a system down though. To be sure I knew what I was getting into for this sewing camp, I decided to test out the projects on two different levels of sewers. One that was comfortable with the sewing machine but had never made this level of project, and another that had never really looked at the sewing machine before.
I invited each of them to the Casa Crafty studio for a free session to help me work through the lesson plan. Both did great. I was able to work out the kinks (I hope) and write up important points. I could cement what our method was going to be in the class and where the students would need the most help.
We worked on some size grading to the Cine Tank also and I am hoping to get a mini out there for you soon.
Cheers! Here’s to a week full of learning!