Two parcels arrived this week. One was a copy of this book, as recommended by Meg. I see that the cheapest price currently listed is over £30, while I paid only £3.64 for my ex-library copy which is well-read but perfectly serviceable. I suspect that the sudden surge in weavers all buying the same book has done wonders for the market.
I love an ex-library book. There are several decades’ worth of homework memorialised under that label.
Meg has also organised an informal study group for weavers and designers who want to work through some of the exercises during 2014. I would love to sign up, but will have to wait a few weeks before I can commit to a New Undertaking.
The other parcel was waiting for me when I got home from the Taster Day on Saturday…
…and was the first indication that I have a new job: I am going to be doing some tutoring with the OU for a few hours a week. Since Stuart has been an OU tutor for the last 10 years I am aware of both their strengths and their not-so-strengths. On the plus side, they are a great deal more organised than the university where I currently have a teaching role and the pay is better for less responsibility. What’s not to like about that? On the minus side, ‘organised’ in the HE sector has a fairly low bar. Remember that I said this was the first indication that I have been appointed? The contract arrived on Saturday as well, even though it apparently started last week.
I have been putting off organising my weaving class schedule until I knew about this job. I will need to work out my calendar to accommodate occasional OU tutorials as well as weaving workshops and I am really pleased that I can now get on with this. I have an idea for a themed series of one-day classes which I am keen to start. If I am feeling brave I will try and implement online booking as well — it is going quite well in the sandbox, but I’m safe in there….