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Teaching Urban Doodles

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I recently had the pleasure to teach my Urban Doodles Journal class at the Bella Crafts Connection event in Minneapolis, MN this past weekend. The class went well and I would only change one thing. That change would lengthen the class to 3 hours. I found everyone enjoyed the painting so much that they practised a little too long and we ran out of time and they were not able to finish their journals. When planning a class, it is very important to second guess numerous aspects of that class. Materials, cost, instructions, class numbers, length etc. I think I got everything right except for the length of time. Therefore the next opportunity which is around the corner I will be teaching this exact class but extending the time to 3 hours.

I will be teaching the Urban Doodles Journal class at the Sewing by the Sea retreat held yearly in Ocean City, Maryland. Wish me luck.

Embroidery Collage

Embroidery Collage

Urban Doodles on the Road

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Recently I was asked to teach a 1/2 hour class to the ladies at our Northern Virginia American Sewing Guild’s annual meeting. I decided my foray into doodling might make a good class and hopefully the ladies would enjoy something different although still sewing related yet very different from traditional sewing based classes. We had a total of 81 ladies sign up for the event. The photo above is the project.

Why you might ask did I call it Urban Doodles…well I probably should have called in Suburban Doodles but that just sounded a little strange at the time. My good friend, Cyndi Hansen designed the logo for me and I love it…. Here I am just getting started.
I showed the project photo and the ladies could be heard collectively saying, I can’t draw or doodle what am I supposed to do with this. I reassured them – and moved on with the basics. My wonderful helpers from my local Sew n’ Sews group handed out cardboard templates of sewing machines and dress forms and we got started. The ladies traced their choice of outlines and I showed them how to outline the image and then divide it into sections using a ribbon like line.
Here are a couple of examples of pattern fills that a couple of the ladies chose for their design. I started getting a little worried as the room was so darn quiet I thought I had bored them to death. No, I was okay they were all concentrating on their work. I was awed by what I saw. These ladies apparently can draw.
Now this one is fun. The fabric piece underneath the drawn design is an example of doodling with fabric. Whether hand stitched, sewn by machine or simply fused to a backing fabric this is real fun!

Visiting with like-minded business women

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Recently I had the opportunity to drive up to Maryland with Eileen Hull to visit with Tiffany Windsor, Heidi Borchers and Candice Liccone. It was a true pleasure and really an inspiring afternoon as each of these ladies talked about their businesses, the past and what the future might bring….. We might have different paths for our individual businesses but I believe the thing we have in common is that we are all in the business of providing inspiration to others. We either create beautiful things for publication, teach creatively challenged people how to let go and just create, inspire others through the written word, provide internet TV production or we sell finished projects and supplies on-line or in a store-front. Some of us do all of these things, some of us do a few of them.

I think it is essential to have people around you who understand what you do for a living. Having a hobby and having a job within the ‘hobby’ industry is two different things. Defining the difference is not always easy. Having someone get the difference right away is wonderful. Friends are Fun – Friends are Necessary – Friends are Life.