Building An Online Course

My inner Tim Gunn has been advising me to “Edit wisely.” And I’m paying heed. Not that you can tell by the mess that’s piled up during production of my new eCourse, Freeform Looping. (Trust me, this is a selective view of the chaos.)

Elements from the freeform looping online class during production.

Freeform is what I had to leave out back in 2008 when I was writing my book New Age Looping. It was a hard choice, but I had to do it. One more chapter and I wouldn’t have been able to bind the book. So I’ve been waiting a long time to get this material out. And ever since the very first survey I did of the pilot group for the New Age Looping Basics ecourse, this is the online course most students want.

It’s getting closer.┬áThe classroom should open on February 11, 2014. Registration will begin once I have all the handouts uploaded to Etsy, so students can download them when they pay for the class.

I had to make another hard editing choice while building this online course: How much basic information to include? And how much would make it impossible to bind, so to speak?

Since I’ve done two online courses that cover the basics thoroughly, I decided that Freeform Looping won’t review those skills. The new course is designed for students who know how to make round and oval starts, how to work back and forth, how to manage thread additions, how to work increases and decreases while controlling the allocation of thread, and how to work needle chains and other live edge equivalents. Those skills are essential for freeform, and they’re covered in New Age Looping Basics and Cross-Knit Looping.

The new Freeform Looping course explores different ways to divide space and fill it, ways to build on small units called motifs or scrumbles, and some amazing dimensional textures you can create with looping. And as with all my online courses, students will learn to integrate design considerations. Then they’ll be able to relegate design to the barely-conscious level that makes working freeform so much fun.
And while it’s fun to do the samples for any class, it’s been especially fun to work on the demonstration projects for Freeform Looping. I’ll show you more when I have links for registration. For now, though:On the way to the mailbox.This is what fashion looks like around here when it’s 19 below zero and you have an Etsy order to take the the mailbox. I wonder what Tim Gunn would say?

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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