I've added more dates to my teaching schedule. I'm so excited about this and I'm especially happy that people keep signing up! I really think that people are looking for a connection not only to others but also to making something with their hands.
I realize that there are other classes available in Vancouver but I'll tell you why mine is a bit different. I have small class sizes. The maximum amount of students that I take in a class is 5. More one on one with the teacher is priceless. So that's what I have chosen to do.
I offer only natural fibres to weave with. That includes wool, silk, linen, cotton, jute, alpaca, etc... As part of my own weaving practice, I only use natural materials because I think they are the most beautiful but also if they do end up in the landfill, they take short periods of time to decompose. And so, I want to offer this to my students as well. I never discourage students from experimenting with different things on their own but the materials that I bring to class are always natural. These materials aren't cheap as anyone who has bought good quality yarn knows but I think there is something special with working with beautiful yarn.
One of my favourite things about teaching is just watching new weavers fall in love with this special medium. They're quiet, they experiment, they create such beautiful combinations of yarn and textures...I'm honoured that I get to witness it. It's very inspiring.
EDIT: I want to add something to this as I continue to reflect on why I want to teach. There is a lot about teaching that can be challenging. But for me what makes it so fulfilling is that I feel deep within myself that I should share this knowledge. That it's not meant to be kept only for myself. That weaving is ancient and that when I weave I feel that deep connection to those who did it before me.
Click here for a list of dates for 2019. I've mentioned here before that I've added a new format...the one afternoon weaving project on the weekend for those of you who can't commit to a 3 week course in the evenings because life is busy but you still want to learn and weave.