(photo stolen from Kristi Knox Day)
Teaching at Paper Cowgirls was a blast, and even though my class was small- only 9 people, I was stressed. Even though I was comfortable with my project, I wanted to DO GOOD- and I sure didn't want to let anyone down.
The night before we left for Waxahachie, I had dreams about scissors that wouldn't cut, glue that wouldn't stick and lace that was wound into knotted tangles.
I couldn't get back to sleep because
1. any situation seems worse in the middle of the night
2. I hadn't done a "practice class".
One thing I learned from Karla about teaching a class is to do a practice class with friends to get the kinks out.
Luckily, Karla had the idea to do a practice class in our hotel room the night before I taught. She made two samples and I made one- so I had a lot of examples to show. We did find some kinks, but we worked them out- and it let me be a whole lot more confident when I started my class.
I'll have class kits for sale in my Etsy shop- but first I want to revise my instructions to include all the ideas and tips that I got from teaching that first class.