Teaching a Beginner’s Crochet ClassBy Tameko Barnette – 20 Comments
While I have never been to a formal beginner’s crochet class, I have been around a group of people who sat together and worked on their crochet projects. However, there was one person who instructed the others. She was obviously very skilled at what she did and the others in the group hung on to her every word as she gave them the basics of crochet.
When we see the word “class” we tend to think of the desk and chairs, perhaps a large table or desk the teacher sits behind, and everyone sitting around frightened, hoping they will not be called on to come to the blackboard.
One of the things I will share is that a crochet class does not have to be anything formal. If you wish to teach a class on crochet, do not be discouraged by what you would consider to be a ‘lack of knowledge’. More than likely, you’ve been crocheting for a long time and you do have a great amount of knowledge to share with beginners of this craft. You don’t have to possess a degree in order to share the basics of a craft that is near and dear to your heart.
All you have to do is have passion, a desire to share, and a desire to learn as well. Yes! You can learn something while you teach. Actually, teaching is one of the best ways to master something. Teaching offers you the opportunity to remember all that you have learned and along the way you may think about what you’re sharing in a different light.
Meanwhile, here are a few tips to help you get started on your teaching journey.
Be Organized, But Not Really. You should make sure you have an agenda for each class or meeting. However, do not be obsessive about being organized with the class. A big part of the fun is unexpected conversation, the new discoveries, and brilliant twists and turns the class can take at any given time.
Choose Day and Time, Stick To It. When you choose a day and time for your class or meeting, make every effort to be consistent. You will have ‘regulars’ that show up every week, but you will have new people popping in and popping out on a regular basis as well. Just make sure your day and time is always the same. Consistency is very important.
Keep In Touch. Make sure that you start an e-mail listing and bring an e-mail list on a clipboard to every class to sign the participants up for regular e-mail updates such as a newsletter, if you choose to create one or keep in touch about crochet events and let the class know when you need to cancel a class and when class will resume. Be sure to set boundaries with keeping in touch. Make sure the e-mail listing is for your updates to reach them. While you may find that you have made a new friend or two, if you are already a busy person, you wouldn’t want the entire class messaging you all the time in between classes asking questions that can wait until the next meeting.
So there you have it. A few tips to help you jump start your beginner’s crochet class. In addition, remember to just be yourself. This is a great way to engage the entire class. Inject plenty of humor into the class. While we love our craft, it’s not a good idea to take ourselves too seriously at times. For many people who will show up to your class, this is a stress-reliever after a long day or a long week at work and/or at home. So, the keyword is FUN, FUN, FUN!
If you have taught a beginner’s crochet class, share your experience with us. If you have attended a beginner’s crochet class, let us know how the experience was for you as well. We look forward to hearing from you!