Training new friends

Over the last 2 weeks I have had the pleasure of training 8 new home sewers. For me it is so much more than a job training session. It is an opportunity to spend time meeting new women, initiate new members to the Bamboletta team and share the skills and vision that Christina shared with me years ago. My favorite part is when everyone is sewing and the conversation begins. Of course these moments
are short because we have so much to learn, but inevitably they happen. There is something so timeless about women chatting and doing handwork together.

One of my lines that I use during the training session is, ‘Christina is an artist and we are being asked to help create her art, so consider yourself an artist.’ I get such a warm feeling witnessing a new sewer learn, struggle, complete their first doll and bring it in as a completed work of art. Making a first doll is a moment that will not be forgotten. I always feel so honored and blessed to train new sewers.

xo

Shauna

Renea Pike - June 20, 2012 - 4:26 pm

Silly question, but I have to know..When you are training new sewers and they make their first doll, do they get to keep it? Or are they displayed somewhere in the shop for all you ladies to see? 🙂

Linsay - June 20, 2012 - 4:37 pm

Renea, not a silly question because I was thinking the exact same thing!

admin - June 20, 2012 - 7:46 pm

Yes! They do get to keep their first doll 🙂 Then the subsequent dolls get done, seam ripped apart then re done. Then after that ‘phase’ we have the ladies make dolls out of our booboo parts – marks on them, or old ‘skin’ – we have LOTS of these bits that don’t make the ‘cut’. Then the ladies start making dolls that we keep here (we have over 200 now since January alone!). This phase varies with each sewer – we have some that make incredible dolls after only 10 or so then we have ladies that take quite a bit longer. It’s slow going in the beginning and it usually takes about 6 months before a SM is producing dolls to our standards. Even then each doll goes through Rachel and Sarah who spend two entire days going through every doll and check everything to make sure that it’s built to last! (we have a 74 point checklist they go through with every doll that we keep here) I am so lucky to have Shauna teach. Her doll making skills are amazing and she is a natural teacher (she actually teaches Five Rhythms here in the Cowichan Valley!). It’s so amazing to see how many people are a part of how this all works flows and it seems that the most perfect people come along at exactly the right times!

Matty - June 20, 2012 - 11:44 pm

Please come and train me in South Africa??? Pretty please?! You can combine it with a lovely holiday in our beautyful country. 🙂 I would love to learn your skills and quality of work. Imagine having a Bambo sister-workshop in SA!

Atarah - June 21, 2012 - 8:09 am

Such laughter and fun going on at that table. <3

K - June 21, 2012 - 9:06 pm

sounds like a lot of fun!!

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