Lately I've been bored with blogging. I think it's because it's the same old stuff - totes and pouches and clothes and drafting and cardboard-that-I-cannot-get-to-because-Emily-has-cut-up-all-my-boxes. I have all these posts written up, right? And photos all edited. And tutorials done. And even more projects sewn that I can't bring myself to take photos of because they are boring. Different garments, different bags, different fabrics, different details, yes, but they are still clothes and bags. And I've done clothes and bags. UGH!
So I've been slacking off, exhuming eclectic photos from my past, finishing up old projects - just to buy time till I can figure out what might be exciting to do this year. Check out my feeble ideas:
- Ethnic sewing - saree tops, Chinese suits, that sort of thing.
- More toys - but my kids are growing up and into board games now.
- Costumes - but that's clothes again!!!!!!!
- Carpentry - take those cardboard ideas and venture into wood as a medium. Nahhhhhh - then we wouldn't be able to toss them when they become obselete.
- Reupholster our house - nahhhhhhhhhh. Too much work for the price of buying new stuff ready-made.
Know what? I think I want to write curricula. I think I miss teaching. Not homeschool-type teaching, no. I think somewhere inside me, I want to write sewing curricula - not for a book, no, no. For classes.
I was in Joann last week - the first time since before Christmas (see? I'm just losing interest) and there was a class of bewildered-looking students holding up fat quarters and trying to find the selvedges. I wondered, "what is the lesson, I wonder? Maybe Discovering Fabric 101?" Came home and told the husband how bored I am with blogging and selling patterns and how I secretly want to teach sewing.
"Like in a community college?" he asked.
"No. To people with no money and who might learn to sew to make a living." I could see the wheels turning as he considered that I might take off to a third world country to hold classes for village women with children strapped to their backs while he and the kids lived on mac-n-cheese for the next year.
Or maybe I'll start in church, and see if they'll let me teach people how to sew. But there's already a lovely quilting group full of gentle, well-behaved ladies there that rolls bandages and sews blankets for newborns. I joined them once, and sewed bags-to-hang-on-wheelchairs for a mission trip. It was fun - for one day.
Or maybe, when the kids are older, and I can leave the house for hours on end, I might go to Joann and see if they'll take me. I might have to promise not to say bad things about their quilting cottons section and I might have to make myself enthuse over a 2D project in floral polyester that has only 5 steps, but I could take a big swig of molten nutella and do it.
A reader wrote to me last week for advice on how to teach mending to a group of girls. I loved her question, and - poor thing - I sent her back a sample curriculum. I think she's still reeling from the overload. It's the teacher genes, I swear - I can write tutorials if I want, and I can probably call unsuspecting fabric stores about running a project-based workshop, but oh, to write curricula!!!!!!! A 10-week sewing course for teenagers! An 8-week course on beginner sewing! A 6-month course on drafting! To teach sewing skills! To actual, non-virtual people with non-virtual bewildered faces! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
I wrote up a 2010 Round-up post at the end of last year, like so many bloggers do - and it was so boring that I didn't post it. I mean, I did a lot of random nonsense in 2010. No architectural megaprojects like the Princess Pavilion Tent or the Little Blue House of 2009, pity. A lot of patterns (OK, four) and interactive softies. An inordinate number of costumes. And two big tutorial series-es: drafting and pockets. I liked those last two. They were like curricula. And I began to see a pattern forming.
Or maybe it's just winter getting to me. I miss being outdoors. I miss swimming. I miss being in a classroom with thirty teenagers on that first day of the school year with a brand new curriculum to dive into. There I am, rubbing my hands in glee, dressed in some outlandish ethnic outfit, gloating, "Hyuk, hyuk, you're stuck with me! We're going to learn Physics!!!!!!" and we go on to have a smashing year.
Does this post even have a point?
Sorta. Here's my self-analysis. I like teaching skills, right? But most of you like learning projects. I prefer doing tutorials on techniques and generic elements of projects, like pockets and gussets and styles of garments and adapting slopers and stuff like that, and let you all go on to personalize them and make them your own. Because that's what teachers - even retired ones - do. But many of you like strawberry bags and stick horses and gathered skirts and cardboard ships (and that's why I throw those in the mix). Here's the thing: those What tutorials don't get me excited like the Why and How tutorials do. Plus, maybe those Whys and Hows are beyond what most of you would like to handle, or have time for? We all have day jobs and small kids (or both), right?
Self-disclosure over - now for a question:
What would you like to learn this year that I could write a
curriculum tutorial for?
I'm not asking, "what would you like to see on this blog in 2011?" - because I'll get this typical answer: "Why, more of the same, please!" Flattering, but not as helpful.
So take your time to think of an answer and share it in the comments, and maybe it will shape a new curriculum for the year!
Parting words: what in the world was that first photo about? Hot pads, is it?
Answer: No - it's one of my famous random photos!
OK really, it's just a new pocket. I'm always making new pockets.
I made them this weekend for fun, just to see if I could get piping all around a lined pocket from the inside. These are faux-flap piped lined patch pockets. What a mouthful!
They're going on a garment for Kate. I'll take photos soon.