Last night I taught a beginners silk ribbon embroidery class. There were seven students who had the most wonderful energy, were super patient as I threw a ton of stuff at them and very talented which made instructing them a pleasure.
I think I teach to be around new people and learn from them. I’ve taught everything I’ve ever done and not because I set out to be a teacher it just seems to happen and now this morning reflecting on it I realize it’s a theme in my life that started in high school.
I left last night with a wonderful feeling, sounds corny I know. But what else is there? I love to learn and I love to share what I’ve learned and I always learn even more when I gather with a group and work on something!
In the embroidery class we worked with Japanese silk ribbon and Irish linen. The materials are expensive, I feel if you are going to make anything by hand and put in so much time and care use the best quality you can. As far as I am concerned you are making an heirloom and in a world of mass-produced, single use, inferior quality this is a welcome change! And if you’re looking for beautiful linen at really inexpensive prices go to any thrift or consignment shop and you’ll see all those lovely old table cloths and napkins and if there’s a stain that’s your permission to cut them apart and use them to create whatever your heart desires!