This past week has been an absolute whirlwind as I prepare to host my first sewing class… and judging by the amount of work involved, it may be my last! I don’t know how full-time teachers (of any craft, or subject for that matter) manage to keep up. I’ve certainly been having fun with it, but I haven’t managed to do anything else all week except work, eat, sleep, and prepare for this class. Phew!
The class is a little volunteer thing I’m putting together for the winter break at my university. Any graduate student can volunteer to teach/host/create any type of class they want, and I thought it might be fun to host a one-time sewing class. The class is sponsored by the university, so I’m not getting paid, and the students don’t have to pay to take the class. In theory, no pressure! In reality, I’ve been a little stressed out. : )
Since there isn’t enough funding for sewing machines, we’ll be doing a bunch of simple hand sewing activities, from sewing on buttons to catch stitching a hem. I thought it might be useful for people who don’t know how to sew but want to stop paying the local dry cleaner to have pants hemmed. I’ve gotten a good response in sign-ups, so I guess the idea was a good one.
The thing is… i’ve never actually taught anyone how to sew before! I mean, I’ve taught 2 or 3 people how to sew a button back on, but that’s about it. We’ll see how it goes in front of a room full of PhD students. : )
The photos above show a snapshot of the supplies I’ve been putting together and some decorations I made for the door to the room. What you don’t see is the HEAP of stuff accumulating in my apartment, not to mention the step-by-step instructions I’ve been typing up, complete with color photos for each step.
I am exhausted.
But, I am excited too. This was certainly a challenging project for me, and I’m curious to see how it all works out. Wish me luck! I hope to write up a post after the class (later this week) to digest it all.
Hope you all had a good week!