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The following week we choose a random winner.
I had the pleasure of attending the Bead Fest Summer show in Philadelphia last weekend. It’s a great bead show. I went last year but, this year, I didn’t just attend the show, I taught at it! Yep, I’ve had my first experience teaching at a national bead show. This was a personal goal of mine and a major milestone for me. I enjoy teaching very much. I’ve taught lots of classes at local bead shops, but this is on a whole different level. It sure was a wonderful feeling to hang that official badge around my neck! I felt so professional. It was a privilege and a feeling I’ll never forget, but I’ll be the first to admit that badge sure does come with a whole lot of hard work and dedication. The amount of planning, prepping and preparing to teach a class at this show was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. It’s a joyous kind of work that I love doing, but boy oh boy, you sure do need to be prepared, love what you do, love to teach, and be on top of your game to pull this off successfully. I have a lot of respect for all those instructors out there. I know first hand that they must absolutely love every ounce of what they create and love to teach it! I think this must be true because it is true for me.
I was well prepared for class. Each student received a Bohemian Knotted Earrings Kit.
The kits include all the materials to make each of the 3 styles of
earrings in the workshop. “Sun Earrings”, ”
Fringe Earrings” and “Chandelier Earrings”. The kits contain Irish waxed linen cord, colorful gemstone rounds and artisan metal links and ear wires handmade by Shannon LeVart of Miss Fickle Media. I commissioned Shannon early in the year to make these components for me. Her handmade metalwork makes all the difference in the finished pieces.
Each student also received a
spiral-bound, hand-out that included materials lists, clear instructions, step-by-step photos and a resources list . For me, a
thorough hand-out is a vital part of teaching a successful class. It really helps the class to run smoothly and each student can follow along easily even if everyone is working at a different pace. I received lots of positive feedback from students about how much they loved and appreciated the hand-out booklet. My first experience teaching at a national bead show was a good one and well worth all the effort I put into it. Each student enjoyed the class immensely and that is the most important thing to me. In fact, I even received some really awesome complements at the end of class from seasoned workshop attendees!
I know not everyone can get the opportunity to attend a show, let alone take a class or workshop. There are a multitude of reasons that might be the case for many people. So, I’ve decided to turn my Bohemian Knotted Earrings Workshop into a downloadable PDF TUTORIAL! I’ve heard from quite a few that expressed interest in my class, but could not travel to attend it in person. I’m so very excited to offer my workshop in this way. Now, you can purchase my Bohemian Knotted Earrings Tutorial along with my Bohemian Knotted Earring Kit in my Etsy shop. I hope many more will enjoy making these earring designs as much as I do.They are so much fun to make!
Now for my questions for you this week:
a comment answering any of these questions and you will be entered for a
chance to win a digital copy of my 20-page, full-color photo, Bohemian Knotted Earrings TUTORIAL. The PDF file will be sent to the winner via email once I receive the winner’s email address.