As it turns out it will be 10 years this year that I have been doing the job that I do, which is teaching patchwork at a college. It has changed greatly over the years and the number of classes have diminished. Sadly this is due to funding, and it pays little to no attention to the quality of social interaction and sharing that classes like these offer… it is the modern way – money matters. In the end it meant that I was around for important events for my children and that worked out pretty well because they are both now on paths that they have chosen and worked hard for.
So this started me thinking.. ok lets try a few things for me then. So I tried a couple of things and they worked – and at some point I can reveal what these are – but for now I just keep trying things. One of them was setting up classes in a city centre fabric store. The first class kicks off on Monday and I am very excited about it. Also excitingly I was asked if would consider working in the shop! Well… getting paid to touch fabric, why not. So I start that this week, and I am really looking forward to that. I’ve already purchased 3 and a half metres and I haven’t started!
To advertise the fact that patchwork classes are going to start I have been sewing in the store. A woman approached me one of the days and asked me about what I do. She was extremely interested and explained to me a project she is fronting and we chatted. We met up this week at the Glasgow Gurdwara Sikh Temple, and she and I have agreed to work together on her wonderful project. It will be a community “Tapestry” – well banner really – where they wish to celebrate 550 years of Guru Nanak. I’m not going to dwell on the fact that the “Banner” will possibly hang in the Museum of Scotland or be hung at the Scottish Parliament as is quite a big deal… I’m just going to focus on bringing the celebration of Guru Nanak and Scotland together and how the local community will help bring such a wonderful project together – so watch this space, we have until November 2019.
Then I got an email this week saying the college that I work for are trying to bring back daytime classes that are community based, which is great, so I put up my hand saying “count me in”… are there more than 7 days in a week?? In truth this offers people more than a sewing class and more than making skills, there can be such a wonderful social environment which is confidence building and offers many people who maybe don’t get out, a chance to build friendships and that can only be a good thing. So fingers crossed this is something that will grow arms sooner rather than later.
(..and i’m going to try and get my act together and write this blog more often!!)