Sew Mama Sew

Good ways to learn stuff, Interactvity tips and ideas, Mmm...nice.

From Sew Mama Sew website

One of my (recently taken up) hobbies is sewing. My mother’s family are all sewing demons, and I resisted the bug as long as possible.

I’ve never been able to learn from my mother (too impatient), so  I’m very interested in how people teach sewing skills without shouting.

The trouble with teaching sewing remotely is that you can’t get your hands on the fabric;  you can’t hold the fabric in your hands, try something, demonstrate a screw-up, show people where you went wrong, and how to get out of it.

Video tutorials are one way of working, but they go too fast, and it’s hard to pause and go  back over things you don’t understand.

So far, the best thing I have found have been illustrated tutorials like this one.

The tutor goes through every stage, with illustrations.

More importantly, she uses high-contrast fabrics, simple shapes, and clear photographs. Now…where can I find me some fusible webbing?

The next step, I suppose, would be an interactive session, where you post your efforts and ask questions…


RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms « RSA Comment

Good ways to learn stuff, Mmm...nice.


I absolutely love these.

The Royal Society of Arts is an education charity, best known by people of a certain age for running typing and shorthand qualifications (I have an RSA Stage II in Typing, don’t you know).

They also run a series of free lectures and seminars on various cultural issues. The speakers are usually prominent in their fields: the likes of Slavoj Zizek and Sir Ken Robinson have all delivered lectures in the past few months.

The RSA blog also has a series of ten minute animations based on their lectures. The method is deceptively simple stop-frame animation of somebody drawing an…hmmm…I don’t know…infographic? as the lecturer speaks.  The combination of text, audio and images complements the lecture beautifully, and really keeps you engaged with the arguments.

All done with a microphone, a camera and a couple of felt-tips.