Medieval Goldwork Course re-run?
Wow, my course filled up within three minutes last night. That's brilliant for me :). But I do realise that quite a number of people, unfortunately, missed out. Many of you have sent me an email to ask when the course will re-run, if they can be put on the waiting list or if they may attend without a kit. I have emailed all of them individually but I think it would be a good idea to publish the answers here as well.
First: Will there be a re-run of the course? Honestly, I don't know yet. The interest is there and this is not the problem! But sourcing the materials during a pandemic is. Although I started placing orders more than a month ago I cannot ship out the kits today. Normally, Zweigart linen fabric is on next day delivery as it is being produced here in Germany. As it did not arrive more than a month ago, I started calling them. The phone wasn't picked up for days. Finally, they emailed me to say that delivery will not be before the middle of November! Still plenty of time to send out the kits :). Another example: paint produced in Germany. To get 15 tubes, I had to order from five different sources. One source being particularly cheecy as it turned out they did not have the stuff and had to order in from the manufacturer! Brushes the same thing. Some silks too. And, oh yes, the freshwater pearls too. Even with a four months period between ordering the materials and the start of the course, I probably could not have sourced all materials for more than 15 kits.
Second: Will there be a waiting list? No there won't. Because of the above pointed out supply difficulties I simply cannot say if the course can run again in its present form. And I do not want to give out promises I cannot keep.
Thirdly: Will you allow students to attend without a kit? No, I won't. From the questionnaire send out after the Imperial Goldwork Course it became clear that students did not like the fact that there was no kit. Sourcing your own materials during a pandemic (and even without!) is a nightmare. They also stated that the small classes on Zoom were a blessing and very much appreciated. I, as a tutor, never liked larger classes. You have no idea what some people are up too when you turn your back on them for only a very brief moment :). For 'live and in the flesh teaching', I limit the numbers to about 10. When organisers push me to take on more, I am not a happy bunny. As a student, I do not like to sit in big classes either. I am far too polite :). The ones who scream the most and the loudest get their money's worth of teaching. I, as a student, end up figuring it out for myself. No matter how experienced the teacher is, there is a limit to the number of people you can teach successfully.
So what is the way forward? As long as the pandemic rages: take it step by step and don't plan too far ahead. I don't know about you, but I found these past seven months exhausting! Learning so many new things in such a short span of time. Not knowing if I would be able to find a way to earn money when all the teaching was cancelled was scary. The many extra hours and worries took their toll. My body didn't like me punishing it that much and started to rebel. My body is way wiser than I am! I stopped working all hours, set some boundaries and I quit Instagram. Instead, I try to make sure that I get enough exercise, work on my art (I haven't seen St. Nick in over a year!) and support my husband as much as I can as he is presently swamped in work.
What that will mean for you? Excellent news in fact! It means that my head is free again to come up with fresh ideas for future classes. But the classes will not be taught back to back. There will always be enough breathing space for me in between classes. I need that. I am not a machine.
So get on my mailing list for my newsletter and keep an eye on this blog for announcements of future courses. They will always have limited spaces and come with a kit. This will ensure that you don't have the stress of sourcing hard to get items and in class, you will not have to shout for attention either :).
I was one of the ones who wasn't lucky enough to get on your course and am very disappointed. I was so looking forward to the information on the background behind the stitching.
I am so sorry you missed out, Kath! Let's hope it all goes to plan and the course will see a re-run.
I second the e-book suggestion!
It certainly is an interesting idea, Emily!
Thank you, Marina! And I am really sorry that you missed out too. The eBook is an interesting idea :).
Nancy Anne White
As always, your care in creating a high quality learning experience with the best materials is first and foremost. How exciting for those who are enrolled. I look forward to hearing about how the class goes.
Thank you Nancy Ann!
How stressful for you but how great for the fortunate 15 in your class. I missed but will look forward to whatever you do next. Please take care of yourself and take your tome on things. So glad I was able to take your last class. Wishing you the best. Darcy Walker
Thank you, Darcy! I will :).
Thank you, Annelies!
Jessica - thank you for providing the above “next steps” blog. Indeed, this pandemic has, and will continue to, imposed many hurdles for everyone. Even more so when resources (such as we stitchers seek) were difficult to locate before there was a pandemic. It is so important that you take care of your self and your family. And congratulations on your successes so far!
Thank you, Carrie! Looking forward to having you in class :).
Hoi Jessica, wat super dat je cursus met de snelheid van het licht zo snel volgeboekt zat. Heel veel succes en let goed op jezelf veel liefs Mabel.
Dank je wel Mabel! En ga ik zeker doen :).
Thank you, Rachel!
Thank you, Brenda!
I had it in my cart, finished entering Credit card info, hit order & it was gone :(
Thank you, Karin! And I am sorry you didn't get in!
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