January 9, 2016 at 4:35 pm #8036
My name is: Deb Robson
I teach: Textile crafts, mostly spinning and knitting, but anything with fiber is fair game–and I specialize in wools.
Why I signed up for The Great eCourse Adventure: I’ve done two video courses with the support of publishing teams, as well as some public TV segments; I’ve wanted to put together some online classes for a long time, but have trouble getting myself over the “sheesh, it’s boring” phase, and if I’m not psyched about doing it, well, it isn’t going to happen (and if it did, it would be boring)–when you said that you wanted to consider your course a work of art, that’s what got me interested. Income? Yes, of course. However, I can’t do anything I don’t find fascinating, and I like working with people who feel the same.
What kind of e-course I want to create: One that I have fun making and that others will have fun participating in. I want to learn things and convey that learning–and I want others to come away with a sense of discovery and greater personal capacity.
What makes me come most alive is: Learning things and making stuff and seeing how this connects to that and why things we enjoy doing can make the world and our lives better.
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I visit sheep in the fields. I spin yarn. I make textiles (knit, crochet, weave, other). I care about endangered breeds of livestock, and endangered communities, and endangered connections–of individuals to their own imaginations and skills, of people to each other, of humans and animals and plants to the planet.January 11, 2016 at 7:23 pm #9593
Bradley MorrisMountain Guide@bradleytmorris
Woohoo!!! We’re gonna need a lot of wool ponchos for the trek up the mountain Deb. Think you’re up for it 😉
So happy you’re here. You are in the right place for learning how to create an effective, fun engaging course.
Excited to see and support what that destined eCourse will be.January 11, 2016 at 8:58 pm #9628
Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay achieved the first ascent of Everest (a/k/a Sagarmāthā and a/k/a Chomolungma) in wool. Ponchos? Maybe not. Too loose a garment for serious climbing. But we can get the right stuff.January 12, 2016 at 6:26 pm #9873
@bradleytmorris – I just got to the poncho-and-Peruvian-style-hat episode. What a costuming (and cultural mash-up) coup! Thanks for the belly laughs.January 17, 2016 at 7:08 pm #11651
Hi Deb. The wooly world is soooo amazing and spinning and making textiles are magical arts! Not boring! I”ve been weaving Saori style in wool on a little Ashford Knitters loom for the past two years and LOVE it. I learned by watching a how to video online. More people making stuff by hand makes for a more beautiful world. I happy you are taking this creative journey with us.January 18, 2016 at 9:30 am #11739
Luma, Saori is a lot of fun. I don’t have much weaving time right now, but friends have been making wonderful things with that philosophy. So DO-able and creative!February 16, 2016 at 11:29 am #17244
Hi Deb, I had a great aunt who knit like a maniac when I was a kid. I think that’s all she ever did. And she wouldn’t eat Lamb because of the wool thing. Somehow that got passed to my family. We never ate lamb. And I still don’t! Interesting how what we learn in childhood sticks with us.
Sounds like you have an interesting course in the making!February 18, 2016 at 9:55 am #17463
I love the idea of a fibreshed — riff on the word watershed — the idea that what we wear comes from close to where we live. In the northern climates, wool is one of the few fibres we could actually attempt to do this with.
All the best!
SarahFebruary 18, 2016 at 11:01 am #17470
I love the fibreshed idea, too, @SarahP–and I’ll figure I’m doing well if I can get some more movement going away from throwaway fashion and sweatshops, and into textiles that are beautiful and durable, that support small producers, and that bring joy into lives (even generations)! There’s *so* much waste in the textile world.
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