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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Each one teach one...

Today I was given the singular privilege of teaching a young woman a new skill...needle tatting. As a relatively new "tatter", it was quite an honor to pass this skill on to my dear friend, Krislynne. As a dear friend had taught me, so now I must teach.

"Each one teach one..."

It is imperative that the "gentle arts" be passed on, from woman to woman, generation to generation. A few years ago, tatting, lacework, knitting, etc. were slipping into obscurity. Thanks to the enthusiasm of the very young, not to mention an incredible array of resources, the image of "granny" in her rocker with her knitting/sewing basket has been dispelled forever.

The needle arts are hip...whether you are male or female, old or young. The desire to create and the meditative aspect of the gentle arts appeals to this fast paced society of ours. You can't multi-task and tat, thank heavens!

Make a list of things you want to learn and set out to learn them! Find a teacher, read a book, study online tutorials.

Then pass it on. The delight in the eyes of your students will be all the reward you'll ever need...


scmom (Barbara) said...

I love "Embrace Your Inner Granny!" I'm very much like my grandma -- except she never crafted -- too busy raising her children, I guess. I can't wait to start teaching my daughter how to craft, something I had to learn on my own.

Kimberly said...

Same here, own dear mom has not a crafty or artistic bone in her body! I've had to learn it all on my own. My oldest daughter was given the "assignment" to learn how to knit (she used the internet) and she taught me! How's that for the "student teaching the teacher!"