I had a beginners class on Saturday. It was full of students who were quite accomplished embroiderers. They though that because they were 'self taught' they were beginners.
I often wonder why I put so much work into preparation of my lessons. I revisited the small booklet that I give to students in this class, along with some of the samples I include. Part of the revisiting included updating the web links that I include. I check that the web addresses are active and in doing this I realised that there has been a shift, from 'printed resources' to 'video resources'. ( I only give 4 links, you could give a whole list but if you keep it simple I find people will visit the sites.) It is interesting how we are slowly moving away from the printed word.
The four sites I use are;
needlenthread.com this has lots to look at in the Tips & Techniques section including some good 'how to' videos' at the bottom of the page.
Pintangle's Stitch Dictionary. It you ever want to look up a stitch this is the place to go. There are 100's of stitches and images of different variations.
The Embroiderers' Guild of the U.K. There are some nice videos with Nicola Jarvis demonstrating different techniques. This site also has lots of interesting links. One could waste a lot of time just exploring here.
Both sites are similar with the USA site having more video tutorials.
With the samples I include in my kit I usually put a free pattern from Bronwyn Hayes of Red Brolly but her webpage and Facebook pages have been removed. Bronwyn is fighting caner at the moment and her family want her to concentrate on that. I really miss her breezy blog and all the lovely patterns she includes.
So why do I put so much effort into preparing a class that is free for new members? Well I love embroidery and I like to share that love with others.