Posted By Kathleen David on March 8, 2011
Yes, it is Tuesday and I am talking about the creative process, art and crafting.
But first I hope everyone who is celebrating today does so in a safe fashion. This day can get pretty crazy in some cities in the world.
On the To Do List for me this week.
Top Priority are those post cards made out of Fabric. I am going to get a bunch done on that today. I have the materials I need now just design, cut and sew.
Next is sorting out the calendar with a new added component since I need to fill out my application for the DragonCon Art Show. And you have to show current work. My photos are more set up for recording what I made rather than juried art show.
I also have a Steampunk Doll, a Rabbit, and a re-furbish on the Weird Sisters to do for various doll conferences and swaps and I need to see what the time-table is on these.
And I have this feeling that I am forgetting something in the back of my head.
Some Random Thoughts on Crafty Stuff
Not a particular topic this week. I am still getting my brain back from vacation.
But if you have something you want me to talk about, please tell me. I am still feeling my way through this.
This week Caroline has a project for school that has a crafty part. We have worked out how this is going to be done. Now I am working on how she can do it rather than me. I have more skills and practice but this needs to be her project. She needs to make a mask of a Leopard Seal that will be part of or attach to a paper plate. I figure I’ll make her a template that she will use to make her seal head.
Sometimes deconstructing how you do something so you can teach it to someone else can be very hard. You know how you do it but stop and think how you would explain to someone else how to do it. When writing up a set of instructions or a pattern, you have to think that the person trying to recreate what you did doesn’t have you right there to explain what you meant so you need to make sure that you don’t need to be there for the instructions to work.
Depending on the level of instruction, you can assume some basic knowledge. Like a dress pattern assumes that you know basic sewing skills along with basic measurements and some math. So if it is an advanced knitting pattern, you can assume that the person has the basic stitches down along with how to read the pattern. If there is some new stitch or tricky turn that is not normal, you probably explain that with more detail than the basics.
Trying to teach someone how to do what you do can be hard but it also can be very rewarding. Passing knowledge on especially for crafts that are not done as often (like tatting) is very important because it is part of our collective heritage.
I am grateful to my teachers over the years that have shared their knowledge with me so I can share it with others.