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  • #18746

    Deb Robson
    Adventurer
    @robson

    As I work with generating names, I find that my science theme is likely to be pushed over to a different course–for a couple of reasons. One is that I learned that another video medium has already used lab coats for their fiber studies (in a very different way, and it doesn’t preclude my using the idea later–but using it on my first course feels derivative). The other is that I think this course needs to be more about relationship.

    In a way, I think that I will be rotating themes (in different courses) between

      relationship
      exploration
      approachable science

    . . . and that relationship is where it needs to start.

    I’m floundering a bit on naming. What I have at present for the “top” choices in titles and subtitles is:

      A Wool for All Reasons
      From Fleece to Fabric
      Making Friends with Fleeces
      Three Fleeces Walked into a Field. . . . (or Three Sheep Walked into a Field. . . . or maybe better Three Sheep Walked out of a Field. . . .
      the intelligent spinner’s guide to wool types
      the curious spinner’s guide to wool types
      a relaxing guide to putting the right wool in the right project
      an introductory guide to wool types for fiber folk

    {The following potentially appropriate titles have already been used: Know Your Wool (this, fortunately, is a class I teach online), World of Wool (a wholesale distributor), Three Bags Full (another teacher’s DVD).}

    #18787

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    Hi Deb,

    I like where you’re going. Finding the right name and tagline is definitely about playing with words, mixing phrases up and seeing what blends together. You definitley want to have a “flowing” feeling when you say it or see it.

    We also want to make sure that the tagline describes the transformation they go through.

    I’ve made some more suggestions below and my advice to you is to write down another 10 Titles and 10 Tag lines (more would even be better) and share them below. Unless you’ve found one you really resonate with.

    NAMES:
    The Wool Story
    The Fleece Freaks guide to discovering the wool world.

    TAGLINES:
    From Sheep in a Field to the Fabric you Create with.
    The beginners guide to discovering the wool world.
    A Sheep Lovers Guide to……

    Name games are fun. So have fun naming your baby!

    #18817

    Deb Robson
    Adventurer
    @robson

    @bradleytmorris, thanks for the ideas. I’ve got a ton of titles and taglines, of which most are completely off the table (when I brainstorm, I come up with some weird stuff).

    I *love* “The Wool Story”–but it’s too general. It could apply to any of several courses I have in mind, and more to another one in particular than this one.

    “Fleece Freak’s Guide” is somebody else’s personality (and the thing is, I know who that person is–as will many of the people who might consider my course).

    I DO like “A Sheep Lover’s Guide” and it might work as a lead to a main title.

    Here’s a collection of my thoughts:

    Woolly Wonders (too general)
    Sheep around the World (this is another course)
    Wools around the World (this is another course)
    Wool at Your Service
    Shear Magic (eh)
    Shearly Splendid
    One Wool to Rule Them All—Not
    Wool Basics: Breeds, Fleeces, and Uses (no person/theme implicated)
    Speed Dating with Wools
    Which Wool for What?
    Making Friends with Wools
    Woolpath
    A Wool for All Reasons
    From Fleece to Fabric
    Making Friends with Fleeces
    Three Fleeces Walked into a Field. . . .
    Spinning the right stuff
    Making Sense of Wools
    Sensible Guide to Wool Types
    Take a Fleece for a Whirl
    May I Have This Fleece? (cf. dance)
    How about This Fleece—!
    Wool: It’s not all white, it’s not all soft (but some of it is)
    You mean there’s more than one kind of wool?
    Wool: the long and the short, the tough and the soft, the sleek and the bouncy
    From cozy to scratchy: each wool in its place
    Pick the right wool, make a great project
    Wools for you and for the ages
    An overview of wool types: beyond what mass production gives us
    Spinning yarns from different fleece types
    Lamb’s wool, ram’s wool, longwool, shortwool
    A quick spin around the types of wool: how to choose them, how to use them
    An abundance of wools
    In search of your golden fleece: which wool will make you happy right now?
    From camisoles to camel halters: a wool for every purpose
    A vocabulary of wools

    the intelligent spinner’s guide to wool types
    the curious spinner’s guide to wool types
    a relaxing guide to putting the right wool in the right project
    an introductory guide to wool types for fiber folk
    choosing and using breed-specific wools

    {used: Know Your Wool, World of Wool, Three Bags Full}

    #18841

    Stephanie
    Adventurer
    @sssheely

    Just wanted to give my two cents. I love all the creative names you’ve come up with! Glad to see I’m not the only one who can totally nerd out on word combining. I looked at every name and the one that jumped out at me the most for my understanding of what you are trying to communicate was “A quick spin around the types of wool: how to choose them, how to use them.” It’s complete as a title and tagline. It explains the benefit of the course, is an attention getter, has a really nice flow and is super clever.

    But many of these titles are great. I also like, “You mean there’s more than one kind of wool?” and “A wool for all reasons.” “Speed dating with wools” and “Shear magic” work great as attention getters, and could be grounded and clarified with the right tagline.

    I guess it all comes down to imagining who will be coming across these names, who could best benefit from the course, and what they will be most attracted to. I’m imagining those who are kinda intermediate with fabric art, and want to vary and deepen their skills. So I imagine they want increased skill, but need appreciation, history and biology understanding. My philosophy, were it me, would be to focus the tagline on the increased crafting skill that they’d gain from taking this course. Therefore, I like:
    a relaxing guide to putting the right wool in the right project
    an introductory guide to wool types for fiber folk

    Hope this helps a bit. Good luck!

    #18871

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    Oh, I love Shear magic!!

    #18924

    Lorraine Watson
    Adventurer
    @lorrainewatson

    As an outlier for opening up room, what about going super boring but clear:

    Making Sense of Wool: Understanding which wool is perfect for your projects

    Any thoughts around using the idea of matchmaking for this particular course?

    #19210

    Deb Robson
    Adventurer
    @robson

    Really appreciate the feedback! I’ve been stalled out with lots of ideas and no sense of reaching even a placemarker decision. (Then again, I’m prepping to teach a week-long workshop, which involves a lot of wool-washing and writing up four accompanying handouts.)

    Stephanie @sssheely , I agree that emphasis on increased crafting skills is key. The group tends to be beginners through fairly advanced–because you can be quite an advanced spinner in many ways and never have encountered more than one or two wool types. And yeah, those subtitles tend to resonate.

    Bradley @bradleytmorris , I love Shear Magic, too–and I wonder if it’s the absolutely right title for another course. . . . the one on how wool is so amazing as a physical and chemical entity that it seems like magic what it can do.

    Lorraine @lorrainewatson , I’ve been pondering the matchmaking aspect. It *definitely* fits with the larger scope of this class that I originally envisioned. Then I realized that I needed to break it into pieces, and the *true* matchmaking part comes in the next phase.

    The thing is–I have a whole lot of courses in my mind–!

    I think where I may be landing for *this* one is:

    A Sheep Lover’s Guide to Wool Types:
    an introductory guide to putting the right wool in the right project

    The only drawback is that living as close to Wyoming as I do, there are all sorts of off-color jokes about things like sheep loving. I suspect they could be dodged. Or evaded:

    A Wool Lover’s Guide to Fleece Types:
    an introductory guide to putting the right fiber in the right project

    #19217

    Lorraine Watson
    Adventurer
    @lorrainewatson

    Deb @robson, I actually think using “wool lover” in the title makes it more clear. When I think of sheep lover, I’m actually imagining a sheep rancher (??) or wannabe, so I actually think “a sheep lover’s guide to wool types” makes me think of a course that will help me decide what type of sheep to raise.

    For a tagline, what about “an introductory guide to matching the right fiber with the right project?

    LOL – here’s a funny thought … “Don’t Get Fleeced: the wool lover’s introduction to matching the right fiber with the right project”

    PS: Also get the feeling Shear Magic is intended for another course

    #19277

    Stephanie
    Adventurer
    @sssheely

    I like this best:

    A Wool Lover’s Guide to Fleece Types:
    an introductory guide to putting the right fiber in the right project

    I also like “Don’t get fleeced.” That’s fun.

    #19327

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    Awesome Deb. Excited that you’ve got other future courses in mind already!!

    A Wool Lover’s Guide to Fleece Types:
    an introductory guide to putting the right fiber in the right project

    sounds great. I like it. It’s a super clear title. Curious what the .com will be because “A wool lovers guide to fleece types” is a pretty long URL 😉

    #19881

    Chris Gilmour
    Adventurer
    @ChrisG

    I think the most current one folks are chatting about is great as well:

    “A Wool Lover’s Guide to Fleece Types:
    an introductory guide to putting the right fiber in the right project”

    It is super clear but intriguing as well, I suspect a lot of folks have not given a ton of thought as to what IS the right fiber for their specific job. I also support “wool lovers” over “sheep lovers” for a number of reasons.

    #20033

    Caroline
    Adventurer
    @calliope6

    Love this thread xxx no pun intended xx

    #20955

    DavidJ Jurasek
    Adventurer
    @DavidJ

    Oh My gosh!

    Reading this thread is so fun and inspiring. Love how everyone added something and you kept evolving and following the thread…

    Out of it all, Wool Lover’s Guide… stays memorable for me and clear.

    Thanks for sharing your process here.

    All the best in the ongoing development of it!

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