Workshops for Lockdown Learning

Workshops for Lockdown Learning

So we have got this far – have you crafted yourself silly yet?. The lockdown has effected people in many ways but some have taken it as an opportunity to adjust to a new normal and maybe introduce some Lockdown Learning.

This might range from anything in the crafty world to any new skill or just an chance to brush up on some old favourites, maybe even read a book, the good old fashioned paper variety – remember those?

Hands on or Virtual?

I have found over the years I like to learn with a hands on approach. I like to see what is happening, how somebody handles a product, what environment they are in and the opportunity for a natter. In this new world we are in at present that has been taken away with the social distancing and we are resorting to more on line learning, which is not to everybody’s taste.

Last week I hosted my first on line interactive craft session and it was somewhat nerve wracking – both for me and the 4 participants.

The technical set up was mind boggling and I felt like I needed to be an octopus to keep the camera, laptop, microphone all in sync. So with a cup of tea on hand we kicked of the session with a look into the contents of the craft kit that the attendees had first purchased from our website and then I gave a short demonstration of putting the product together whilst the audience looked on and asked questions.

Your turn

So with the kit assembled and initial nerves over a quick recap of the steps to take it was the turn of the virtual attendees. At this stage I could hear some mumbling and then silence as they started to concentrate forgetting they had a camera on them. Slowly I could see the crafters relaxing and we started to see the finished Owls emerging, no mean feat on a Saturday evening.

Phew – mission accomplished

So 90 minutes later we all agreed the session was a success and would meet again in a few weeks with another kit.

I know learning on the internet is not the same as getting around a table and nattering and making but I think this online learning malarkey may have to become the norm for a while…..

so what have you learnt on the internet…did you enjoy it?

Christmas In July

Along with many other crafters I have muttered the ‘C’ word and this time it is not cake. The ‘C’ is for Christmas.

I know we are only in the middle of the summer so I can hear you groaning but a lot of industries have by now decided on their Christmas lines and already in the process of finalising their promotional material.

For a small business it is crucial to get the timing right, this means ordering any core products to make up gift packs and planning workshop content.

This year I will be providing some needle felting, embroidery and Pyrography craft kits to complement our range of hands on workshops.

We will also be selling Gift Vouchers -so if you have that difficult to buy for family member for friend this is an ideal solution and it means they have something to look forward to in 2020

Enjoy the rest of your summer – I am off to needle felt a Christmas Pudding!