Most of our fiber art students are totally unskilled in the sewing department. Some have never held a needle. Most have never used a sewing machine. A few haven’t turned on an iron or cut a piece of fabric.
All of them have to complete several projects for the art department in general and fiber arts in particular.
They had to draw out a design and plan it’s execution and my co-teacher and I had several criteria that they had to meet.
I spent most of the first several days explaining sewing machines and teaching them only how to sew a single seam! “Seam” was a mysterious term to them.
They have an incredible hodge podge of materials from which to choose and we try only to steer them away from things that we know absolutely won’t work. Everything else is open ended and I did not think I would see order emerge from the chaos of the first days.
There is a totally different feeling in the studio today. They are focused and intent on executing their designs.
Can’t wait to see the final products when they are hung at our art show on the final day! I’ll show you—I promise!