With my training as an anthropologist and 8 years’ experience teaching college students, I approach teaching as a pedagogical blend of theory/practice. For example, I strive to help students understand the anatomy of knitted fabric alongside developing the muscle memory for specific stitches.
Are you a local yarn/fabric shop or fiber retreat interested in hosting one of my classes? Here are some of the classes I offer:
BODY POSITIVITY 101 FOR MAKERS/DESIGNERS
What’s up with the word “fat” and what is fatphobia? What is the difference between the political project of body positivity and the individual pursuit of self-love? How does body size intersect with other marginalizations and why does it matter?
This class provides an introduction to body positivity and tailored instruction for skill-building depending on the audience. For example, a class geared toward makers will put the students behind the camera to take their own pictures and reflect on their attitudes toward their bodies; a class geared toward designers will dismantle common misperceptions about designing for a wider range of bodies.
KNITTING MATH FOR CURVES
This class provides an overview of the modifications most common in knitted garments for plus-size or curvy knitters, like different types of bust darts, bicep adjustments, and waist/belly shaping. Students see examples and work through resources to understand these modifications, which they are then guided to apply in a step-by-step guide to modifying any given pattern.
URSA: THE WORKSHOP
From swatch to bind-off, this weekend workshop teaches all the skills necessary to work Ursa or Ursa Minor. While it is unlikely that any student will finish their sweater in a weekend, in this workshop, students can expect: instruction on getting gauge and making alterations for a custom fit; guidance for setting up and working the beginning of the sweater; hands-on instruction for half-brioche stitch, including how to correct mistakes; a demonstration and instructions for finishing and blocking their sweater.