3/14/11

fallout: my first demo & the american craft council show

I survived.
I did not hyperventilate.
My hands did shake and my voice did falter.
But I survived and everyone was so nice.

Unfortunately, I took very few pictures. There are none of the actual demo and only few from the kids project. Our images have the rounded edges and the rest I am borrowing from the Atlanta Craft Council facebook page.


Image by Karin Koser

The demo went well considering it was my first and that I have a debilitating fear of speaking in front of groups. I took the required public speaking class in college atleast 6 times - I constantly dropped it due to nerves.  Luckily the audience was mostly kids...and they don't scare me as much because they are much cuter than adults. We all made a pug pillow together. And with their help, our newest design is officially named Frank.



Due to my inexperience, I honestly did not have the time I really needed to transition from the demo to the embroidery project. Now I know to ask for more time if we are able to do something like this again. I was unable to introduce the participants to the basic ideas before giving them a hoop and thread.





Once the materials were out, they were stitiching! It took everyone a few tries - a few knots and a few misdirected stitches - to get the hang of it. Thank goodness Josh and Mars were there to help.
I absolutely would NOT have been able to pull it off by myself


My biggest regret was not having the time to show them how easy it is to design and draw on fabric. Again, timing lesson learned. But everyone received a basic instruction card to take home. Hopefully they will all try again and come up with their own designs!

Image by Karin Koser



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All the kids were adorable and did a really great job. Josh is proof positive that men can sew - he helped Gabe get started and reinforced the idea that embroidery is not just for girls.

Image by Karin Koser


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It was a great experience for us and hopefully for the participants as well!

Tomorrow...I will share a few of the artists and crafts we saw at the show!