Vashti’s Crochet Classes in 2020
Last month I taught two classes for the Crochet Guild of America’s first ONLINE edition of their popular Chain Link conference.
It was my first time teaching online. I’m still excited about it! They were also the first 3-hour online classes for CGOA, and we’re discussing all the valuable feedback we received about them from the participants.
More CGOA teachers are rolling out their online classes too. CGOA’s plan is to have one or two class topics taught by one or two teachers per week, going forward. In the coming months I may teach more topics that were originally scheduled for the onsite conference.
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These first two crochet classes were a total of three hours long each; an hour per day, three days in a row. As usual, I provided comprehensive full-color handouts.
It seems to be the consensus that each meeting time could have been a bit longer than an hour. For example, a three-hour class could meet twice for 1.5 hours each time. Perhaps even on the same day, however I did also like a 24 hour gap before the next meet up. Participants had a chance to practice and swatch what they learned. When we met again, everyone was ready with great questions, and swatches to show.
Even More Show & Tell!
I always bring lots of crocheted examples of topics I teach. In yarn industry lingo I guess it’s called having an in-class trunk show per topic. Normally this means deciding which crochet items to ship to the conference.
This time I had all the crochet at my fingertips here at home base.
Why so many items? I test fibers, dyeing styles, crochet hook sizes, stitch variations, shaping methods, and all the what-ifs. These items often inspire students to try variations with their own projects. A class project may end up being the starting point of a new design.
I discovered that for the first time, I could bring my mannequin to class! I could also show some of the crochet books from my home library, not just talk about them.
I hope to teach many more virtual crochet classes! It’s a great way to learn crochet. Whenever I did a stitch demonstration, for example, each person had the same full screen close up view. Like a good YouTube video, I guess, but anyone could ask me more about any step, such as to explain it a different way. Or to explain when to do something this way and when that way.
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