I'm having trouble viewing my "comments" and responding to them in the usual way...but (on the admin page) I read Diana's comment and she brings up a good point.
She wondered why we had to pay the teachers to teach the Two-Needle Classes.
Good question, Diana.
We decided to introduce the Two-Needle classes and PAY THE TEACHERS for two very important reasons.
First of all -- attendees say the One-Needle classes often feel like an "infomercial". The teachers MUST sell their products, new patterns, books, notions, etc. -- precisely BECAUSE WE DO NOT PAY THEM TO TEACH. Paying them would allow them to focus on teaching their subject and/or project -- because they wouldn't have to worry about "making sales".
Secondly -- we paid the teachers for the Two-Needle classes because they had to provide a "substantial hand-out" with the step-out information, designs, instructions or project they were teaching.
We hoped that if we paid the teachers, gave them TWICE as much time, equipped a special room with the newest and latest technology, and asked them to provide a detailed, in-depth hand-out -- these Two-Needle classes would be a good value for you. We wanted them to be a compromise between the One-Needle classes and the hands-on workshops.
It was a noble experiment.
But -- hey -- how does that adage go? 'If you don't fail sometimes -- you're not trying hard enough."So the good news is...you know we are ALWAYS trying hard...
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