Monday, October 11, 2010
I took a class on Sunday, a rare event for me, being as paraniod as I am about copyright infringement. Usually, I avoid classes, (along with more than cursory glances at beading magazines) because it means having a door opened that I feel I dare not ever walk through for fear of being accused of "STEALING!!!" Sigh. But this class was designed by someone who teaches people how to teach classes, and whose work as a teacher I deeply admire, Diane Fitzgerald. And it seems to me that she is always presenting technique, as well as a design, which to my way of thinking is what a beading class should be: beautifully presented technique, with a possible take-home outcome, for those who do not design for themselves.
In this case, when I looked at the class material, the techniques were square stitch and herringbone. WOO HOO! I have never done square stitch and only rarely used herringbone. Something about the texture of the herringbone stitch seems rough to me, and although I sometimes think, "hmmm... herringbone is probably the right solution to this problem," I only rarely move past the sample stage with it. But maybe Diane would offer a new perspective or improve my technique with the stitch sufficiently to make it more usable for me. Plus, Diane's class focused on a new bead from Miyuki, the two-holed Tila. I signed up, thrilled at the idea of an introduction to a new bead, having a new stitch to play with, and a new piece of jewelry to wear by the end of the day. I so rarely make things just for me, it seemed almost decadent!
Later in the day, we worked with herringbone stitch and combined other beads with the Tilas. I have not yet finished my herringbone project. I am working on another piece that has been taking my full limited-beading-time-per-day at the moment, but I am feeling a little pull toward finishing the herringbone necklace today... so we'll see what happens when I pick up my needle tonight.
In the mean time, Diane, thank you for a lovely and fruitful day!