It's a good thing I'm not going to be teaching embroidery. Today I tried to teach myself the feather stitch. It took all day. I have done a little embroidery in my distant past. The feather stitch has always eluded me.
I really felt out of my element. Perhaps like a new student would feel learning rug hooking for the first time. I felt I had to put myself in that position. I had to feel the emotion of coming into a class room and learning a foreign skill.
The thing that really helped me today the most was going to the computer and finding a tutorial and watching the person actually doing the feather stitch. I had a book with a diagram. That wasn't helping.
Mental note to self.... Students in my beginning rug hooking class are going to benefit from watching me doing a lot of hooking. Maybe in slow motion.
After practicing all day on the blessed feather stitch, I felt I had somewhat accomplished learning it. A little chocolate reward was in order. Okay, a LOT of chocolate. I consumed about twenty of those little miniature Milky Way and Snicker bars.
I hope my students like chocolate.
Judging by the looks of this feather stitching, tomorrow I should get back to rug hooking.