So now it's less than 36 hours away and it's time to get my act together. Preparation is weird this year. I didn't have to spend a few hours packing up my studio (which over 20 years of taking these classes, I've become a wiz at). No! This year, I had to download Zoom. Take a crash course on how to use it. Play with my new web cam which I told my daughter I would give to her when I'm done with the class. Make sure the lighting for the camera was correct and get my studio ready for a new class.
So in preparation for class or retreat you should....
- Print off two copies of the supply list. Check one off as you pack things and then pack the supply the list last. The other copy goes with your general information you have about the class. As you pack, make sure that your machine is cleaned, extra needles/manual are packed and plenty of extra bobbins are wound. Make sure your scissors are sharp and include paper scissors. Also tape has always been helpful - masking and scotch!
- Check the agenda of the class. If you have any questions, don't be afraid to email your teacher. Honestly, unless I've had the teacher before, I always email with questions on the class before and after I sign up. The more you know about the class the better time you'll have.
- Make sure you do any pre-class homework. So many times, I've seen students show up with it not being done and not only does it hurt themselves, but it often hurts their fellow students since the class needs to be adjusted for them.
- Have a general goal what you expect to get out of the class before you start. Do you want to learn a technique? Do want to create a project? Do you want to find a new focus. I swear my general goal for this class is I want to find a jumping off point for something new and exciting.
- Set up expectations you want from the class. As you progress through the class, if you feel that your expectations
Rosalie Dace teaching from South Africa
are not being met, I encourage you to talk to the teacher rather than just getting annoyed. So many times, finding joy means finding the courage to communicate. More than once I've seen a fellow classmate not speak up and leave the class sour and disappointed. Don't be that person!
- Finally, come fully rested and comfortable. Wear comfortable clothes, have you favorite tools around and keep bottle of pain reliever near by. Many a day was saved by two little advils I swear. Creating is tough stuff!