Using Your Noodle

Packing for a teaching trip is always a bit of an adventure. But before I get to that, here’s a heads up: I have a wacky request for help at the end of this post, so please keep reading!

Back to packing. For some classes, especially at venues I can drive to, I tend to pack everything plus the kitchen sink. That way my students don’t have to bring tons of stuff. (Sorting through stuff can be a dangerous stall tactic for a student who’s reluctant to take the next scary step in a class.)

Whether I’m driving or flying, I generally try to make things roll in and out as simply as possible. This plan has backfired a couple of times, when I found myself teaching in facilities with steps and no elevator.

I’ve seen other traveling teachers elevate packing to an art form in itself. You really have to use your noodle to keep your checked luggage under the normal weight restrictions, have everything you need for teaching, and find room for a second pair of shoes.

Speaking of noodles, while packing for this trip I had to move a box of wacky noodles to get to the rolling duffel.

I use sections cut from these foam pool toys for all kinds of things — stamping dye on fabric, padding shipping containers, shibori, even as a jig for teaching a willow lashing technique.

How many other ways might you use a wacky noodle in fiber art? Since I won’t be able to post again for a few days, I’m asking you all to help out. Please post your suggestions in the comments below this post. Nothing is too wacky, when you’re using your noodle.

I can’t wait to read what you all come up with. Thanks for helping out!

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Donna Kallner

fiber artist, teacher and explorer, inspired by ancient fiber techniques and all the ways contemporary fiber artists give old ideas a new spin

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