Life isn’t normal just now and we are all trying to find ways to deal with the changes to our lives and for some a way to fill hours which would normally be filled with the structure of work or study or family they can no longer visit. I think I have been incredibly lucky, I do a job which I can do from home and which keeps me really busy. For those of you who don’t know, when I’m not gardening I am actually a digital education advisor for a large university. As you can imagine, I am quite busy just now. But for some of my students, they are not finding things so easy.
However, there is a happy tale to tell you about how one of those students found an awesome way to keep their studies going and to give a little to everyone else who may not be lucky. And an extra bonus, I get to give you guys the opportunity to join in and learn a new skill, no matter where in the world you are.
So, let me tell you about one of the fantastic things I have been involved in at work, I have been working with textiles students who are stepping into the digital world. Some of them for the first time. As I’m sure you can all guess, art students, regardless of their particular area, keep a sketch book as one of their main tools for reflection, thought creation, recording ideas and of course for planning their creations. Well I’ve been lucky enough to be on a fun journey with some of these student as they find their way in keeping a digital sketchbook of sorts, in the form of blogging. We started this before the whole lockdown thing happened, so it’s been fortuitous that we had the main skeleton of this project running. But it has given one student an awesome avenue to explore in the world of digital crafts.
Meet Chloe… a passionate textiles student and artist.
She has been honest about her initial struggle to find motivation in lockdown, but she decided to use the internet to reach out and create a whole new avenue for her studies and has launched a weekly embroidery class for people who want to learn. It goes without saying that I am so, so proud!
Chloe is using Instagram live, every Sunday at 1 pm UK time, with her cuppa, to ask you to grab a mug of tea and join her as she takes you through the basics of embroidery, one stitch at a time. Now, in the interests of complete honesty, I have never embroidered. God, I’ve never even taken up a hem, but I joined in and it was lots of fun.
Last week’s lesson was an introduction to some of the basic stitches, with things like running stitches, seed stitches (which look like scattered seeds), couching and french knots (my favourite). And just for me and my old eyes, she even talked through handy gadgets to help thread a needle (yup my eyes are that bad these days).
So I can’t wait to see what she introduces us to this Sunday, but I’m prepped and ready…
So if you fancy joining in and learning to stitch, see you on Sunday at 1pm.