saying it out loud

I want to teach a craft class. I've been thinking about this off and on for quite some time. But this is the first time I say it out loud—all because a friend asked if I'd be interested in doing it. It's kind of scary to put myself on the spot this way but, why not?

My dream would be to have a comfortable studio space where to teach or, dare I say, travel to other cities to be a visiting teacher. But for now, a big table here at home and some interested friends will be wonderful to start off.

Why would I like to teach? Definitely to have interaction with those interested in my ideas. As arduous as it was, writing my book was awesome and sharing tutorials here is also very important to me. But the bottom line is that there isn't anything that can compare to sharing in person. That's why I've loved my two experiences at Maker Faire. I only did two small demos but the opportunity of talking to all sorts of interesting people was awesome.

So, I've said it. Now what? I suppose I should start organizing my thoughts as far as the type of class I'd like to give and reaching out to teachers that are willing to share some advice and tips.

What do you think? Crazy or doable? What about you? What have you been dreaming about doing and haven't done anything about it yet? Sharing may be the first step.

27 comments:

  1. GASP! Would you come to New Zealand? Long shot I know, but worth the ask huh?! xxx
    PS Long time lurker, don't think I've ever commented, but I adore your blog and work :)

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  2. i am in houston. i will come.

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  3. As a teacher (and admirer of your work), I say go for it! I'm sure it would be a wonderful experience for you and your students.

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  4. Sounds good when you say it. I've been thinking about holding a craft class at a friend's home schooling bookstore. I just feel funny about it, like I'm not qualified. I guess the 1st step is having the confidence. Good luck with making that dream come alive!

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  5. Oh I so hear you on the teaching thing, I would love to teach people how to make sock softies. I think anyone attending your classes would be priveliged to have such a talented teacher willing to share. If I lived in your part of the world I'd be there with bells on.

    You should go for it. Long live dreams.

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  6. This is absolutely doable, and saying it out loud is an awesome first step! I've found that if you spend time dreaming about something, nothing will happen, but starting to talk out loud about it, and make plans... that's how dreams come true.

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  7. I think it's a great idea and totally doable. Come to Toronto!

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  8. That's a really good idea! Someone else's space can be better to teach in, for a lot of reasons (insurance, advertising, parking, professionalism, etc.). An independent bookstore, coffee shop, or crafts/art store, perhaps? They'll generally advertise your class in-store and on their mailing lists, and have a nice space for you to work in. Community education series? Adult Education Center? Lots of places have these sorts of lifelong learning programs that it's not too difficult to get involved in.
    Perhaps set yourself up to go to other people's homes? They gather a few friends and you do a sort of private class, perhaps helping them make a specific project or two in one evening as well as teaching some other skills.

    Anyway...my two cents.

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  9. Go for it! If I lived in Texas, I would definitely come.

    I just started a blog about shopping in my local area. It seems to need one--I certainly miss having one. But the process so far has involved much gristling to my husband and much fear. I prefer to be invisible. I've told no one but a good friend who will probably hold me to it.

    I'd like to create a crafting club for my area as well. There's knitting groups but I don't think there's anything more general. I'd like to be able to conspire with fellow crafties.

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  10. They asked me to do a sewing class at church. I got it organized and then only 2 people were going to show up (spring break) so I had to cancel. I was okay with canceling, but I feel I shouldn't have been.

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  11. That will be fun! Teaching is the best way to meet people who like the same things you do.

    I had a chat with a friend this morning, that turned into a meeting about something I'd really like to do! Yep, just saying it out loud got the ball rolling.

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  12. You should definitely do it! I've been wanting to create my own handbag company for years and have finally decided to get it going. It feels so good to make something a reality. Good luck with the classes!

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  13. Good for you! I think I'd like to teach sewing/crafting as well. I love the interaction with others.

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  14. Saw this via twitter; so cool. So cool to say dreams out loud and to be approached to fulfill one, you must be giddy :) I have a few dreams tucked away, and I did say one out loud yesterday, but to just one person, in a private message....hey, it's a start :)

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  15. I could definitely picture you teaching classes. You seem like you'd be good at teaching, plus it would be great to have the human interaction with people of similar interests. I hope it's something that you are able to pursue!
    For me, my dream would be to have a studio in the backyard where I could teach weekend or summer art classes/have art camps for little kids. Their creativity and enthusiasm is so invigorating and contagious!

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  16. I think it's great that you want to start a class! And it'd be nice to be able to start with just a few friends because then you can make mistakes and try things out with them, and they won't mind because they love YOU! I've been thinking of teaching some friends crocheting in my home as well, but it's really just a distant thought right now. I look forward to hearing how you begin and progress...maybe it will help me get some ideas! :)

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  17. I think that sounds AWESOME! It makes me wish I was closer! I think you'd make an amazing teacher. I love the pp's ides of testing it out on a few friends.

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  18. Yay, Patricia, congratulations!!!! I wish someday I´ll be as brave as you are and have a special skill to share. Yay again!

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  19. Go for it! You could rotate a few invited guests to have in your home. But, then you could video it and start an A Little Hut You Tube Channel to upload your classes. so we can all be there to participate virtually! You could sell your upcoming craft packs in your shop. That would be so cool!

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  20. definitely doable! you have such a clean, straightforward style of writing and creative expression, i think you'd make a great teacher. if you ever make it to portland, i'd definitely attend a class!

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  21. You should definitely do this!! As a teacher myself, I can see from the work on your blog that you've got a good approach to breaking down techniques & teaming that with inspiration! You'll be gr8!! ;]

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  22. It's a great idea!!! I'm sure you will absolutely love it!!! and it will be a wonderful experience!

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  23. You absolutely should do it. What a fantastic thing for such a creative person to do. Don't be scared, you're terrific, go for it!!!

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  24. Oh it sounds perfect! It be fun and inspiring to go to a class with someone as talented as you are. I think starting in the home is a lovely idea- perhaps see if the local school can rent you space... or try a local arts district and wow them with your credentials- maybe you can do a class there, and they can help publicize for you. I wish I lived closer as I would totally want to support you- nice social event plus come away with something creative? Sounds like a great time.

    Oh, and now that you've said it out loud, you're 100% accountable... so go for it!

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  25. I think you should go for it! I love seeing your work on the blog and I think people would really enjoy being in a class taught by you! I know I would :D

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  26. I think you should do it! Talk to the folks at Sew Crafty Houston. I haven't been tot he studio yet for a class but they have guest teachers there from time to time. I would be veryinterested.

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