Favorite Quotes

Therefore do no worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. – Matthew 6:34

Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. - Jane Austen

If you don't like something, change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. -Mary Engelbreit

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Teaching Week One

Between visiting with family and playing/feeding/changing diapers over the Thanksgiving weekend, I tangled a few times. The first one is a prestrung tile.

When I finished the second tile, I did not love how it turned out but the more I look at the picture the more I like it. It is another lesson to not be so critical of myself and just focus on the process. I left it the guest book at a bed and breakfast I stayed at last week.

On my soapbox: If the artistic juices have been encouraged throughout your life, I can see how structured tangles could feel restrictive. I think the structure adds a feeling of security. Plus if someone does not want to follow the method exactly, they do not have to. The corner dots, borders, and strings are optional. Even the tangles are optional. Mindful drawing is the key instead of mindless. Off my soapbox.

This week was my first week teaching at my facility. I work as a Therapist at a adolescent residential facility in my local area. Right now, I am teaching two groups, each 30 minutes once a week. One group is 12, 11-15 year olds and the second is 12, 15-18 year olds. Both groups went fairly well. Some of the girls were just going through the motions but I'd say more than half of each group got into the process. Unfortunately I can't post pictures of the residents' work but I will make a habit of posting my practice pieces to get ready to teach.

 Prior to figuring out what tangles I wanted to teach I did some more practicing:

Throwback project: I made a t-shirt quilt for my husband to sleep with while on his ship. The layers are tied, not quilted together.