(I coordinate the fiberarts SIG, special interest group)
Hi! Don’t know if we’ve met, so just throwing some things out here (and feel free to PM me too):
We’ve had beginning knitting periodically and they usually seem to make if they have a little time on the calendar and folks see it. So have at it!
If it helps, the second half of April and all of May is wide open on fibery happenings (we’re coming to the end of this cycle of planning), so that’d be great timing. (We make a flimsy attempt at kinda somewhat coordinating so there’s fibery stuff happening regularly, like 1-2x week). The stuff earlier April are Fiberfrolics (personal project freeforalls) but no classes I know if, so if you want that’s cool too.
In general, any classes, we have good support for post-learning as well. If you tell new folks to watch for Fiberfrolics (1-3x month usually, next are April 2nd and 11th) that’s a great time for them to come with what they’re working on and hang with fibery peeps, or if they learned recently but might need help. There’s usually about 75% of us spin/knit/crochet or a mix/all, so someone can help a new person if they’re stuck after recently learning something or need help. Or plotting their next move. Or need help being infected -er- finding a new project. All will be assimilated. Come on in, the water’s fine. Muahaha.
Lemme know if you need help with the logistics part, like needles to teach with, yarn, etc. We have all that for teaching classes if you need it. Or general suggestions on what we’ve found works well.
Or if you need something in particular to teach with, we can get it. Lemme know.
LOOOOVE that you might teach fair isle or other technique things.
We have a decent amount of intermediate and experienced knitters always interested in something new. Colorwork has been an interest mentioned a few times.
We have an active group on Facebook that is where we communicate, reminders, questions, do interest checks, etc. It’s a GREAT idea to post when you have a class hit the calendar and remind folks close to it. It seems to make a big difference in attendance. Also recommend posting in Creative Arts fb group. The fiberarts SIG is “Dallas Makerspace Fiberholics”
Recommend putting a cap on class number of however many you’re comfortable teaching. Generally classes of 6-8 (up to 10 if we get really cozy without adding tables) fit nicely around bowling table (if you teach in CA room), match up with our equipment/tools, but up to you. Also gives wiggle room for no-shows. Reminders on fb help greatly with that though. Sometimes will have unanticipated turnout if no cap.
We started capping just in case after The Kumihimo Incident (went from 8 to 23 registered a couple hours before class when folks overflowed from a different cancelled class but we’re already at dms). Yikes. It worked out. But yikes.
There’s a fiberfrolic tonight if you want to meet people or run class ideas past the hive-mind