Crafting space
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Posted by Underground Crafter on April 29, 2011 | Short Link

Like many urban crafters, I have limited space.  Since moving in with MC about 2-1/2 years ago, I have been trying to figure out the perfect crafting space.  Last week, with a few days off, we reorganized into something workable. We started by clearing out this cool and weird bookcase.  It was custom made for […]

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Crafting goals
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Posted by Underground Crafter on April 27, 2011 | Short Link

When I first started secretly blogging in 2007 (yes, I still have a top secret blog hanging out on Blogger), I kept a list of works in progress (WIPs) that I dreamed of converting to FOs (finished objects).  Here I set forth a list of 25 crafting goals (some extremely ambitious, others down right lazy) […]

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Knitting Teacher Interview: Angela Davis (alittlebird from Ravelry)
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Posted by Underground Crafter on April 26, 2011 | Short Link

As an add-on to my series of posts about getting started as a local needlecrafts teacher, I’m virtually interviewing some teachers I’ve met online. Today’s interview is with Angela Davis, also know as alittlebird on Ravelry.  Angela is based in Portland, Oregon, and we are in several groups together on Ravelry. Angela’s bio is pretty […]

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New Needlecrafts Teacher Interview: Vanessa from Mixed Martial Arts and Crafts
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Posted by Underground Crafter on April 25, 2011 | Short Link

As an add-on to my series of posts about getting started as a local needlecrafts teacher, I’m virtually interviewing some teachers I’ve met online. My first victim, er, I mean interviewee is Vanessa from Mixed Martial Arts and Crafts.  We are in a group together on Ravelry and that is how I learned about her […]

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Staying creative and current (Part 6: Getting started as a local needlecrafts teacher)
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Posted by Underground Crafter on April 24, 2011 | Short Link

In my last post of this series on getting started as a local needlecrafts teacher, I’m focusing on how to stay creative and current. Current needlecraft trends There are many reasons to stay abreast of the latest trends in the needlecrafts you teach. Student interest.  Students are often interested in whatever technique, styles/patterns, or celebrities […]

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Preparing for class (Part 5: Getting started as a local needlecrafts teacher)
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Posted by Underground Crafter on April 23, 2011 | Short Link

If you are following this series of posts, you did a self-check to see if you are ready to teach, thought about whether to get a needlecrafts credential, scouted out some possible teaching spots,  and considered various ways of marketing your classes. Now you need to get yourself ready for that very first class.  Preparing […]

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Drumming up business (Part 4: Getting started as a local needlecrafts teacher)
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Posted by Underground Crafter on April 22, 2011 | Short Link

If you’ve decided that you’re ready to teach needlecrafts and have even found a place (or places) to start teaching,  you are probably wondering how you will attract students. Online Establishing an online presence can definitely help with advertising.  Even if you don’t have your own website, there are several sites where you can promote […]

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Location, Location, Location (Part 3: Getting started as a local needlecrafts teacher)
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Posted by Underground Crafter on April 21, 2011 | Short Link

You know you’re ready to teach.  You’ve made a decision about whether to pursue needlecrafts teaching or master certification.  But now that you are ready to teach, where (physically) do you get started? First, consider your space requirements.  If you are teaching knitting, crocheting, hand sewing, hand quilting, rug hooking, or embroidery, you are pretty […]

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Credentials, or do I really need that certification? (Part 2: Getting started as a local needlecrafts teacher)
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Posted by Underground Crafter on April 20, 2011 | Short Link

Now you’ve asked yourself some basic questions and you’ve decided you want to teach needlecrafts.  You may be wondering if you should get some sort of certification. FULL DISCLOSURE ALERT!  I am a Craft Yarn Council (CYC) certified crochet instructor (level I) and certified crochet teacher (level II) and I’m in the process of getting […]

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Getting Started (Part 1: Getting started as a local needlecrafts teacher)
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Posted by Underground Crafter on April 19, 2011 | Short Link

If you’re thinking about becoming a needlecrafts teacher in your local area, you should know that I was in your shoes just four years ago.  Now that I’ve taught over 100 beginners to crochet or knit, plus many other students to move beyond the basics, I am happy to share some of the things I […]

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