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    Hello eveyone, I have recently been considering teaching Parchment craft. I love my craft and thought it would be nice to teach it. I have done a couple of seminars at a friends shop and enjoyed it very much. I would be teaching at home and I wonder where I would stand legaly. Does anyone else teach their craft at home?

    Sue x
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    We teach our craft

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    • #3
      I would love to teach mosaics but I think the risk assessment would be pretty high, I went to a few classes run by a woman in a church hall. We had to provide all our own tools etc, and pay for the lessons and the tea and coffee.

      Actually we werent taught very much at all, which is why I left and bought lots of books and taught myself.

      Also the woman opposite me and the two either side had pieces of glass tile flying everywhere because they were using the cutters wrong and not shielding their work. (we were never told to wear safety goggles)

      I would be really worried about someone injuring themselves!!!
      Diane
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      • #4
        I do in a small way to the elderly through Age Concern each Monday. On a volunteer basis.
        Carol
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        • #5
          I teach card making and scrapbooking at a local adult learning centre and other venues in and around the county. In fact it's my main source of income. Because of the size of the classes it is not practical however, to teach in my own home. Make sure you are well insured.

          Good luck in your new venture. It's the best thing I ever did!
          Last edited by ChrisCoxon; 03-04-2009, 10:56 PM.
          Chris Coxon
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          • #6
            Have you considered approaching your local college? As well as paying you a good rate, they may pay for all/most materials, and provide a room for you to teach in. You'd probably need to have a teaching qualification, but they may even fund you to do one (for adult ed it's a part-time course).

            I taught crafts years back, then spent 12 years in prison education, then got made redundant, and am just about to start teaching crafts again (as well as Adult Literacy) as a back-up to self-employment.

            It can be great fun. I'm looking forward to starting it again.
            digital stamps for cardmakers: http://www.handmadeharbour.co.uk
            blog: http://handmadeharbour.blogspot.com
            hand painted personalised plaques, clocks, canvases, etc: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk
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            • #7
              You would need to do the C & G course for teaching adults, it is great fun and the tutors are very helpful. Part of the course work is to set up 2 courses where the tutor attends and watches and comments afterwards about abilities etc. I set up my classes with 3 friends, they were happy as they walked away with a finished item (did not charge them) and the learned a new skill. Plus of course there are the classroom lessons, we had to make a film of us giving a talk about an inanimate object or skill, I used my craft at the time, giving history etc, worth giving it a go as the certificate at the end is always useful and makes it easier to get into studios etc.

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              • #8
                I teach SilverClay & Silversmithing (only part time though)
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                • #9
                  I've got a city & guilds teachers certificate. It was hard work (especially the theory) but really good fun. I would definitely recommend it.

                  Caroline
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                  • #10
                    I'd love to teach my passion of the Cuttlebug and die cutting crafting, but there are no opportunities where I live. So to satisfy myself, I've developed a blog and I write tutorials on techniques with pictures to illustrate my work. I have visitors from all over the world, especially from the States. If you have time, please drop by and leave me a message as to what you think of this type of crafting. I love to have your views.
                    ikki

                    http://ikkiscuttlebugcupboard.blogspot.com/

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                    • #11
                      I taught embroidery for many years, starting off as a tutor at Art College, then an evening class tutor, a secondary school art teacher ( my claim to fame is that I managed to get the rugby team doing embroidery on their coaches to away games!!) and latterly doing classes at home.
                      I stopped these a while ago as our business was growing and the classes were taking up valuable making time.
                      But they were good fun and I really loved showing people that anyone can be creative no matter how terrified they were at the start.
                      Marion
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ikki View Post
                        I'd love to teach my passion of the Cuttlebug and die cutting crafting, but there are no opportunities where I live.
                        Why don't you teach it as part of another class? Cardmaking classes seem to be eternally popular, as well as scrapbooking.

                        Marion, your story of the rugby team reminds me of myself. I taught in a young offenders' institute, and had them cardmaking (they loved it!), silk painting and doing doughcraft.

                        The cards were great, always really soppy, and earned them brownie points with their girlfriends and mums.
                        digital stamps for cardmakers: http://www.handmadeharbour.co.uk
                        blog: http://handmadeharbour.blogspot.com
                        hand painted personalised plaques, clocks, canvases, etc: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk
                        blog: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk/blog

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                        • #13
                          Thank you Sparkysdad for your nice comments.
                          And Wendy, isn't it great to get good response from people who you'd never think would want to do it? It's more satisfying in some ways than teaching those who want to learn.
                          To get back to Happybunny's original post, I did teach at home for a good number of years, without ever checking the legal side of it. Maybe I should, but it never actually occurred to me. The classes were held in my living room at first, which at least made me tidy it up on a weekly basis! They were two mornings a week, two hours each time. I started the home classes because I had had enough of trotting out to evening classes three times a week, travelling 30 miles to one of them on dark wintry nights. I thought it was time for them to come to me.
                          The downside was what finished them for me in the end - they became too popular for their own good. Each class had 15 people in them, nobody wanted to give up their place to newcomers, they were supposed to start at 10 in the morning, but because it was my house people arrived earlier and earlier and left later and later. Some days I didn't manage to chuck them out til after 1, they were having such a good time!
                          That would be OK but I was also running a business and time was precious.
                          Marion
                          Embroidered Originals
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                          Embroidered_Originals website
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                          • #14
                            Happybunny, I've just seen the picture you did of the dog on the other thread and you are extremely talented so if you decided to go ahead I wish you Good Luck, I'm sure it will be a great success

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                            • #15
                              I teach Parchment Craft both at home and at other venues and I love it. I'm also starting a class at my daughter's home near Manchester. I find it much better to teach in a home than in a shop environment.

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