Normally when I teach my Norse Seam Treatment Class I do it at 1 day events as a single hour class. Most students go home with a grasp of the general concepts, the beginning of their project, and instructions on how to finish at home.
Each stitch gets about a 3 minute description and explanation of the stitch, and then 7-10 minutes of the student trying to learn the stitch while I walk around and answer as many questions as possible. The handout is basically there to remind the student of the basics and techniques for finishing their project at home.
Though I feel like this is a little rushed, I don’t want to take up anymore of the students time, and want to make sure they still have a chance to enjoy all the rest of the wonderful activities the event has to offer.
I did things a little differently for my Norse Seam Treatment at Gulf Wars 2013- Each day had its own stitch. The first day I handed out materials, the students learned the straight stitch, and we constructed out 6 panel hats. By the next day a majority hand their hats together, so they learned how to finish their edges doing the blanket and crossed blanket stitch. The third day I taught my favorite stitch- the heringbone. The next day was a day off, so the students could catch up if they were falling behind anywhere. The final day was the ossenstich, as well as answering any questions the students had.
The class was much slower and relaxed then my 1 hour classes. Teaching took about 5-10 minutes per stitch. Then I walked around for another 10-15 minutes making sure everyone had it and answering questions. Everyone then relaxed, stitched and talked for 30 minutes in a sewing circle. The final 10 minutes allowed us to pack up, clean up the space, and make sure everyone had everything they needed to finish up before the next class.
I had numerous requests from students to teach this format ( but another subject) next year, so I am taking it that it was a success. The biggest compliment came from one of the students who took my shoe class last year- she said she liked my teaching style and have started to look for my name within the class books at various wars.
I am happy to report that everyone who took the class, ended up with a firm grasp of the concepts and had a good time.