If all synesthesia is idiosyncratic, then why doesn’t anyone like 9?

Since I was very little, each letter has had such a distinct personality and relationship between its nearest letters. As soon as I knew letters, I knew who they were, just as if I'd met someone. There's handsome G, stuck between sweet, gentle F who he pines for, and on the other side: H who… Continue reading If all synesthesia is idiosyncratic, then why doesn’t anyone like 9?

The scourge of the heavy “student spindle”

For the third time in as many weeks, on Saturday a would-be spinner told me of her woes trying to spin on a spindle. I diagnosed her problem: a way-too-heavy spindle. I have been delighted recently to demo spinning and learn more about how to break down the steps and condense my tutorials down to get… Continue reading The scourge of the heavy “student spindle”

How much scaffolding does your creative class or workshop need?

Samples by Karie Bookish

I've been very lucky to have gone to a few creative knitting and spinning workshops. Apparently, I'm obsessed with colour work, hence I've taken TWO classes on it! This of course led me to compare the experiences and reflect on the differences. I love learning, but I can't help myself also paying attention to how the… Continue reading How much scaffolding does your creative class or workshop need?

Why I turned off my IFTTT recipe for auto-posting Instagram to Twitter

Isn't it annoying that Twitter will show "cards" including a summary and image in your twitter feed when you post most links, but it won't show images from Instagram links? When you share via Instagram you do have the option to connect several networks and automatically post to them. However when you do, your image won't be… Continue reading Why I turned off my IFTTT recipe for auto-posting Instagram to Twitter

Review of Creativebug – fun friendly quick online learning

Creativebug feels like Pinterest come to life. Short, bite-sized snackable tutorials, curated and quick. This makes it feel fun, friendly and light. Most of the creative online learning platforms I'm reviewing in this series have the same features: video players, shared student projects, downloadables, etc. So it's worth it to focus on what makes them… Continue reading Review of Creativebug – fun friendly quick online learning

Review of CreativeLive – social creative learning

At the most essential, all of the online learning platforms I'm reviewing in this series have similar features: Online videos, some student interaction, a way to share projects - these are all common features. Most of the courses also follow a formula where the outcome is fairly clear. Such as "Learn to do X", where… Continue reading Review of CreativeLive – social creative learning

Review of Craftsy.com – online crafty classes

As mentioned in my introduction post in this series of reviews, I want to take a close look at a number of online learning platforms which focus on the niche area of creative and crafty pursuits. First we'll look at Craftsy. Video tour Here's a quick video tour showing some of the features mentioned in… Continue reading Review of Craftsy.com – online crafty classes

Comparing online learning sites for creative people

In my soon-to-be former life I created learning materials, classroom guides, live webinars and instructional videos. I can appreciate a good learning experience, and look at it with a critical eye as well. After studying learning and technology however, I concluded the best thing technology can do to facilitate learning is to get out of… Continue reading Comparing online learning sites for creative people