Please note that for now, at least, enrollment is closed in all classes. Hosting and maintaining a site for online courses has grown more complicated and expensive since I moved to my present hosting system in 2013. Technical problems are few and far between on this site, but my skill set doesn’t include what it takes to solve problems. And problems usually come in the middle of an aging parent crisis. In between crises, I’ve been mulling what to do, what to do. It’s time to decide. I will look at some different hosting options over the next month. But it’s very likely that I won’t be able to continue to operate the Two Red Threads online course site in 2019. I will keep you posted but I ask that you try to finish your classes and review old class material before the end of 2018, just in case. Don’t panic about finishing, but if it just dropped off your radar please try to get it back onto your to-do list.
When geography, timing, or other factors keep you from taking a workshop in person, consider taking an online class. I even offer a free class so you can see for yourself how it all works (details below). This page includes information about current courses. New courses are announced in my free email newsletter, which you can sign up for here. eCourse FAQs are here, and eCourse Orientation information is here. Please note that for now, at least, enrollment is closed in all classes.
New Age Looping Basics eCourse with Donna Kallner
This online class puts a new spin on “knotless netting”, one of the more familiar forms of looping. Video lessons, PDF handouts and coaching on a private course site help you build a solid foundation of thread control skills and learn to design projects that suit your own tastes and materials. The format is built around a suggested 8-week study period. But this is a self-paced course with no expiration date, and the classroom is open 24/7. Complete details and registration are here. Below is a video sampler of what’s included in the course.
Cross-Knit Looping eCourse with Donna Kallner
This online class explores contemporary ways to use an ancient looping technique that’s sometimes called Coptic knitting, Tarim stitch or Viking knit. It’s worked with a single needle, with the entire length of thread passing through each stitch. Video lessons, PDF handouts and coaching on a private course site help you build a solid foundation of thread control skills and learn to design projects that suit your own tastes and materials. The format is built around a suggested 7-week study period. But this is a self-paced course with no expiration date, and the classroom is open 24/7. Complete details and registration are here. Below is a video sampler of what’s included in the course.
Freeform Looping eCourse with Donna Kallner
This online course explores different ways to divide space and fill it, ways to build on small units called motifs or scrumbles, and dimensional textures you can create with looping. A focus of the course is helping you learn to design in this technique, then shift design to the barely-conscious level that makes working freeform so much fun. This is not an entry-level course. It’s for students with a solid foundation of basic looping skill. You’ll need to 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. You can learn those skills (and much more) in my online courses New Age Looping Basics ( https://www.etsy.com/listing/95079899/online-workshop-new-age-looping-basics ) and Cross-Knit Looping ( https://www.etsy.com/listing/117050101/online-workshop-cross-knit-looping ).
Intro To Looping – A Free Online Class With Donna Kallner
This free class is a great way to sample online learning. It’s a self-paced class, so there’s no need to “show up” at a particular time and no deadline for completing the material. The class includes videos for both right-handed and left-handed stitchers, with a focus on thread control. The basic techniques covered will help you get a good start at building a solid foundation of skills for all kinds of looping variations you might want to explore next. You can register for the free class here.
How Does An eCourse Work?
My eCourses include video lessons, PDF handouts, and a private course site for questions and student interaction. You don’t have to be in the virtual classroom at a particular time: Sign in when it’s convenient for you to watch the video lessons, or to post a question or comment. Watch the videos as many times as you want during the course. Use them to guide you as you sample techniques (it’s great to be able to press “pause”). Each lesson includes suggestions for sample projects that reinforce your skills and help you learn to design projects of your own. On the course forum you can post photos of your samples and projects, see what other students in the class have done, share ideas, and learn from the questions and comments posted by other people.
How Much Time Does It Take?
Each course is different. The complete course descriptions will tell you how many lessons it contains and approximately how much video instruction the lessons include. Time for sampling and projects will vary from student to student, and that’s no problem. The courses don’t have an expiration date. If work, travel, family commitments or other events conflict with your class, you can just put it on hold until the timing is better for you.
Can I Just Buy The Videos And Study At My Own Pace?
Maybe. Eventually. But I decided to run courses rather than sell videos because the type of exchange that comes in a class is so beneficial for students. The opportunity to frame a question or hear another student’s comment can elevate a lesson from instructive to illuminating. And as a teacher, I know the value of delivering lessons in a logical progression with time between to integrate and incubate the material. (Your mother was right when she advised you to “sleep on it.”) Beyond that, I know many recovering perfectionists benefit from a gentle nudge to stop ripping out imperfect stitches and move on to a next step, (where they’re amazed at how much “better” their work looks). And I know many people who, when pressed for time, find a big goal easier to set aside than a series of small benchmarks you can celebrate with other people who are also challenged by time constraints but share your interests. Bottom line — I want you to have a great experience, and I want to facilitate that.
Is An eCourse Right For You?
Some students have said they were nervous about a digital interface before the class began. They also said they found it much easier and more relaxed than they expected. It isn’t for for everyone, though. Here are some things you should know:
The class materials are available in English only. The videos are not subtitled or dubbed in other languages, and handouts are not translated. Still, students who are not fluent but have studied some English should be able to understand the materials. I’ve had students who speak Finnish, Dutch and Japanese complete courses successfully.
Practice. The teaching progression is designed to help you build a solid foundation of skills in much less time than it took me learning on my own. But videos, PDF handouts, and course site interaction are no substitute for hands-on practice. The same is true in a traditional class, but in an eCourse it’s harder for the instructor to see who’s not stitching and guess why.
Time. For some people, it’s a challenge to block out time for learning unless they physically remove themselves from their usual environment. If that’s you, you may feel more content in a traditional class where I start by closing the door and asking everyone to turn off their cell phones. However, if you’d still like to try an eCourse, I’m happy to write a note that “excuses” you from Facebook, returning texts and emails, and select household chores for a few hours each week 🙂
How Do I Sign Up?
Please note that for now, at least, enrollment is closed in all classes. For the free Intro To Looping short class, sign up at http://eepurl.com/i35eT. For full courses, registration is handled in my Etsy shop. To purchase space in New Age Looping Basics eCourse, go to this link. To register for Cross-Knit Looping go here. For Freeform Looping go to this link. After reading the particulars for each course, click the large green button that says “Add to Cart” (if you’re reading on a smartphone or tablet, you may need to scroll right to see the green button). If you don’t already have a free Etsy account, it only takes a minute to set one up. You can pay for the class with PayPal or with a credit card (need step-by-step instructions on how to place an order?) After you click the “Submit Order” button, you’ll see a confirmation that your order is complete. Your PDF handouts will be available right away as an Etsy digital download. And once I receive your order, you’ll receive an email with your username and a password to get you into the course site so you can start learning.
I hope to see you in an eCourse soon!
— Donna Kallner