Saturday, July 14, 2012

Want to take a class with me?

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

Before I start today's post, I'd like to congratulate the winner of my Nicole's BeadBacking giveaway, Kayla of The Eclectic Element! As soon as I get your mailing address, I'll send that package right out.

If you didn't win, don't despair! Rest assured, there will be more giveaways in the future. Sparkly giveaways.

And now....Link

I need your help!

Teaching has been on my mind for awhile. It's something I did a handful of times before moving to the Midwest, and something I really enjoyed. Sharing what I know with others and watching their faces light up when they learn a new skill makes me so very, very happy.

(I don't know about you, but I think of the ability to teach, and to teach well, as a kind of superpower!)

So I've been thinking about teaching opportunities. I don't know if there's a huge market for jewelry classes in my area, and I don't have a place to give lessons just yet, so I'm considering distance education. Online, whether it's through private Skype chats or videos or tutorials, and also... bead shows.

My goal:

I'd love to teach at Bead and Button next year. The thing is, even though I've been making jewelry for over two decades, I'm a newcomer to the beading and jewelry world. The people at Kalmbach are awesome and wonderful, but they're also part of a business -- they need to know that picking me as a teacher is a secure investment.

One of the best ways to show them I'm trustworthy is to get projects published in magazines -- this piece of advice came to me from one of my jewelry mentors and favorite people, Vanessa Walilko. Another way is to send some letters of recommendation along with my application.

My request:

Would you like to take a class from me at Bead and Button next year?

Would you write me a letter of recommendation?

If you're interested, and you think I'd make a great addition to next year's faculty, email me. I'll give you my mailing address so you can send me a letter to include with my application. I have this crazy idea that if I have a bunch of letters, the Bead and Button people will take notice and be more likely to pick me.

Potential classes:

If there's something specific you'd like to learn from me, let me know! I'm still looking for class ideas. Some good places to look, if you need a reminder of the things I've made over the past year, are the My Work and Eye Candy sections of the blog.

I already have two that I've started work on:

Sequin Embroidery

(Rainbow sequin cuff)

I want to teach a class on sequin embroidery. I'd teach some basic stitches, and then we'd work on a cuff or some earrings... or maybe I'd let students go wild and make whatever strikes their fancy. I've always been a fan of classes that are more technique than project-based.

(Multicolored sequin cuff)

I'd like to open this class to all skill levels. Everyone should get a chance to play with sequins!

Bead Embroidery Meets Freeform

(Freeform heart necklace)

I'd love to teach my approach to combining freeform beadweaving with bead embroidery. Of course, I love making necklaces, but bracelets are also a possibility, and they wouldn't take as long.

(Freeform button necklace)

This class would focus more on the freeform side than the embroidery. Unlike the sequin class, this would be for people with a basic knowledge of bead embroidery stitches and finishing techniques. A little beadweaving experience would be good, too.

(My new favorite... Floral Fiesta!)

(Closeup of the beaded focal piece)

So if you've been a blog reader for awhile, or you're an experienced teacher who appreciates my work and enthusiasm, I'd love your help! Whether it's to tell me what you think of my class ideas, to suggest other class ideas, or to write me a letter. In exchange, you'll have my undying gratitude and love. I'd offer cookies too, but I don't want to seem like I'm bribing anyone.

(Although, to be fair, I do make a mean sugar cookie. Wink, wink.)

Thanks for reading and commenting, thanks for sharing this post with your jewelry friends, and if you decide to help me, super duper thanks with glitter on top!

And of course... have a sequintastic day


  1. Thank you again for holding such a wonderful giveaway! I certainly am excited to try out a new medium :)

    As for classes, I would definitely take a distance learning class from you if money permitted! Seeing your beautiful work, I think I'd ask if you could possibly do a beginning beadweaving class since I have never ventured into that, but would LOVE to!

    I really hope that you're able to teach at Bead and Button. I have no doubt if you put your mind toward it, it'll happen :)

    1. Kayla, you're welcome! Your package should arrive on Thursday.

      A beginner beadweaving class. Hmm... that's certainly something I could look into doing. Peyote stitch is the only weave I know, but it's a good starting point. :)

  2. I'd love to take a class on sequin embroidery! This also seems like a good idea for a magazine submission. don't think I've seen much on sequins over the years...

    Would be happy to write a letter of recommendation!

    1. Skylar, that would be so awesome!

      Your email address isn't showing on your Blogger profile, so I contacted you with my mailing address via Etsy.

      Thank you!!!

  3. I would love to take a class with you! The skype class is very intriguing to me, as it would be the most cost effect for me (since I don't live near you and I don't plan on being at bead and button, unless I win the lotto).

    The nice thing about Skype is you could teach right from your studio or living room. You would just need to give students a materials list and then show them basic stitches. Leave time for a little practice and Q&A and then give homework. Maybe with an option of one on one skype sessions if needed (should they have a question in between classes).

    The other benefit to a skype type call is you could be global! How awesome would that be to have students from all over the globe?

    1. Melissa, that's such a good point! Not only would I not have to find a space to teach if I did Skype classes, but I could teach anyone who wanted to learn.

      Better brush up on my French skills!

  4. I would take a class with you in a heart beat, it would have to be a long distance class but it would be so much fun. I think you have so much to offer and would bring knowledge and sparkly fun to the class.

    1. Thanks, Kepi! I think we'd have a blast chatting about beads on Skype. :)


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