A few months back, I wore one of my t-shirt scarves that I had made to work. One of the ladies I work with, Shirley, plans ministry events for girls fairly frequently, and when she saw my scarf, she asked if I would be interested in teaching a group of teenagers how to make scarves for the craft session at one of the events she had planned. Being excited about scarves at the time, I said yes. When I said yes, I wasn't really thinking about the fact that I am not really used to speaking in front of crowds.
Fast forward a while, and reality set in. To say the least, I was freaking out a little-wondering what I was thinking saying yes! There would be around 170-180 girls and their sponsors attending this event. Yikes! But, once I commit to something, I don't back out-I knew I had to do this. I tried not to think about it too much. I planned for the event only thinking about the scarves, and not the crowd, as much as possible. I decided to go with a different scarf-one that had simpler steps, and that I liked a little better for this session.
Yesterday I went to the thrift store and picked up 10 t-shirts for $1 each to practice on.
I had one of our college students come over to teach her how to make a scarf-that way I could have a helper with me to help me ease my mind. Hers turned out pretty neat-it was made from a tie-dyed t-shirt.
I prepared a couple hand-outs-one that had the tutorial printed (directly from the blog), and another that showed examples of how to wear the scarves, which was actually a compilation of pictures I found around the web:
The event turned out great! To say the least, I was incredibly nervous before the event started, but as time went on, I got a little more comfortable. It kept my mind at ease to have a little help there, and the students were great-receptive to learn how to make the scarves. I was a little surprised-in each of the sessions (it was divided into 3 separate sessions), I asked how many had made a scarf out of a t-shirt before, and only about 5 in the entire group had. I guess I had a misconception that people knew how to do this.
All in all, it was a great day-it took me out of my comfort zone for sure-but that is a good thing every once in a while!