Often, when I am devising a new class or workshop, I need help. Sometimes I just need something made for a photograph, other times I need samples, and most importantly, I need to test the craft out to see if it is something that non-crafters can do.
I do get people who come to my classes who want to start crafting, and we don't want to put them off by giving them something achievable do we?
So I use my friends, family, anyone who makes the mistake of visiting, as unpaid testers.
This is Hubster, doing Needlefelting for the first time. This was a "Young Folks" class, so I thought if he can do it, they can do it.
He managed not to stab himself too!!
(Now, if you have never stabbed yourself with a needle felting needle, don't be in a hurry to try it. The tool is barbed, it hurts so much more on the way out than on the way in, and you usually just jab so it is out and in before you realise, and boy, does it sting..... for ages after too)
So, thankfully in this case, no blood on the felting wool.
Using a cookie cutter to protect those fingers, and to give the shape of the piece, he got to work making a duck.
Didn't he do well for a first attempt, I was rather impressed.
A couple of days later my son, Iain, came for tea (I'm Northern, the evening meal is Tea, not Dinner as my Southern Hubster keeps insisting it is called)
And guess what? He got a crafting job. "Make me a dinosaur", I asked. "No" he said. "Then I won't have time to make your Tea", I said... so he did.
I'm thinking that this 25yr old, father-of-one is a little too pleased with his dinosaur, don't you?
He made me a fish too - Hubster made the butterfly, and I cooked Tea. It seemed like a fair deal.