Many of us who do crafts also teach them. You may teach formal classes and workshops, do demonstrations, talk to random people in the street who show interest, write books… we do our best in our individual ways to pass on our knowledge to others.
But some of us have someone we would really love to teach who just isn’t biting.
Perhaps it’s a friend who would be fun to play with… if only (s)he played with the same toys you do. Perhaps it’s someone famous you dream of having a good stitch and bitch with. Perhaps it’s someone you know who desperately needs an outlet for creativity or a good stress reliever. Perhaps it’s even someone you couldn’t actually teach because that person is gone, or never existed in the first place.
For me, it’s that lost person. I would truly love to be able to sit down and teach my mother to make bobbin lace. She taught me the basics of craft after craft only to see me put them down again and not bother with a second project. I know that made her sad, but none of them were my crafts. If she were still here, I know I would have sat her down at a pillow to toss bobbins long before this. She might well never have done a second project, but I think we would have had a really great time making lace together, even if she didn’t go on with it.
We bonded over crafts quite a bit, as we did over cooking and her soap operas, and classic literature. I would dearly love to have one more chance to bond over handcrafts.
So what about you? Who would you teach? What? And Why?