working up the workshop
or 'please nag me'
You may remember a while back that I’d been asked to run a workshop at The Workhouse to help people who wanted to try slow, contemplative stitching themselves and who had expressed an interest in my work.
At the time I said that I’d start thinking about it - which I have been doing, but even though I’ve been mulling it over, I knew there were a few things I didn’t feel sat quite right and I needed to work out what exactly I could realistically offer and how I could go about it.
Well, the good news is that I think I’ve finally come up with a plan that I hope will offer helpful guidance and some hands-on experience. I’ve had a couple of flashes of inspiration lately that have fired me up and into action.
So, yesterday I sat myself down and started proper preparation. My plan is this - I’m going to draft out a one-day workshop schedule (which I’ve started - hooray!). Once that has been suitably fleshed out, I’ll prepare the materials I want to use and have a couple of dummy runs (the daughters have volunteered to trial it with me). If that goes well, I intend to offer the workshop at The Workhouse in Dunstable in the Autumn and see how it goes.
Now, one of the issues I had from the beginning was that I knew there were people around the world who’d like to participate and I wanted to find a way to offer the same or similar experience online to them too. So, I decided that as I was working up the workshop format, I would also try to create the same thing as an e-course or online workshop.
I’m getting my head around that, trying to break the information down into useful chunks and work out how to communicate in words and pictures. It’s going to take time, but I’m really keen to make it happen because the global community of stitchers is something I really appreciate being a part of and if there are people who’d benefit from developing a stitch practice, I’d like to do my bit to help.
But here’s the thing…if any of you have read Gretchen Rubin’s book ‘Better Than Before’ or ‘The Four Tendencies’ - you’ll be familiar with the term Obliger…which is definitely my character, spot on.
Obligers are good at doing things that other people require them to do, but can be pretty rubbish at doing the things that they tell themselves they should do - in other words, they’re good at responding to outside pressures, and bad at responding to inner ones.
That matters here, because getting this workshop up and running still fits too snugly into an inner pressure - no one is going to make it happen if I don’t. Gretchen’s remedy for Obligers is to have them enlist the help of other people to whom they can be accountable - and provide the external pressure.
So, dear readers, this is where I’m going to ask your help.
Please, if you think this is a good idea, will you nag me to keep at it? (I’d prefer gentle nagging if you don’t mind, I’m easily scared). Drop me a comment asking how it’s coming along? That sort of thing. I feel fairly sure that will help me keep up the momentum.
Also, now that I’m getting into the nitty-gritty, I’d love to bounce ideas off you - more of that next time, when I hope to show you an outline, then perhaps if you have a few moments, you could tell me what’s missing or what needs more or less emphasis.
So, there you have it. I am getting my finger out. I am inspired to do it. I am a bit scared and at the bottom of the learning curve. Stick around and see what happens.
Best wishes and until next time