08-30: Community Thursday!

I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit. – John Steinbeck

I’ve posted about Craftyminx’s Crochet School before, back when it first ran and I went through some of the curriculum. I didn’t “graduate” the class – but the great thing is, there’s no rush! It’s available at any time, and it is chock full of useful tips to get you crocheting anything you like in no time flat. It’s nicely descriptive, with both thorough text and drawing instructions for you to follow. HIGHLY recommended.

Melissa Yoder Ricks at the carder at SpinQuest 2012

You heard me go on and on about SpinQuest, the Creative Handspun event hosted by Spin Artiste and Wild Hare Fiber Studio that happened this past weekend… now you can take a look at the scrapbook and see teachers and students at the event in action! Arlene covers every aspect of the day, with great reporting and photos. If you weren’t there, maybe we’ll see you next time!

Xiane demonstrates how to add in odd things to one’s yarn at SpinQuest 2012

In the realm of educating on fiber types, Abby Franquemont has a fantastic write-up on the differences between roving, top, batts, and other fiber preparations. Often roving and top are terms that are used interchangeably, but they are specific preps that can yield different results.

summer stitch school

From The Floss Box – another tutorial series, but this one is embroidery! If you spin fine enough, you can do needlework with your yarn; it’s also useful to know for embellishment. And it is relaxing! The stitches are explained with very clear photos and descriptions, and there are many great stitches covered. If you decide to “enroll” in this course, please let me know, I might play along with you! [I have been doing needlework since I was small but I can always use a refresher.]

And that’s it for this week! If you enjoyed these recommendations or have some of your own, don’t forget to post or email and let me know! <3