I love what I do. However, this business isn’t just about me. I’ve worked hard to create online instruction that goes above and beyond the average. It’s important to me that I don’t just create throwaway patterns or quick content that you could easily find anywhere. I want you to turn to Marly Bird online courses for knit and crochet because you know that each course is going to give you something above and beyond. And I believe that the four things I always include help make that happen.
My Knitting and Crochet Teaching History
Did you know that I became a crochet and knitting teacher on a whim? Yep, it’s true.
It was 2006 or 2007 when I was approached by my local yarn shop owner. She asked me to take over her beginner crochet and beginner knitting classes at her shop.
I was super shocked and immediately doubted I could do it.
I had never taught in my life! I wasn’t sure if I would be good at it or if the students would feel like I knew enough. The last thing I wanted to do was embarrass myself or leave the students disappointed and no more educated than when they started.
However, I hadn’t even been sure if I could knit … and then I did! (Read that story here.)
And so, after some reassurance from the shop owner and my fellow knitter friends that I in fact could do it, I decided I would give it a try.
Marly Bird Online Courses Have What I Wanted In Classes
Of course, after agreeing to do it, I set out to look for good instructional books on my shelves. I sought out tutorials online to help me understand teaching better. And while some of those resources were helpful, I realized that there weren’t really any classes out there that taught me all of the things that I needed to do. And that’s where I came to discover the four key components that ultimately make up each of my classes.
Four Key Components for a Complete Class for Everyone
I realized quickly there wasn’t much out there for people like me who needed things taught with:
- Visual representation
I could sometimes find 1 or 2 of the four but never all four! Some instructors were great at instruction and explanation but lacked the ability to really show me what to do. Others could show me but they didn’t verbally explain the steps in a way that would allow me to not just replicate what they were doing but actually take that skill as my own and build upon it.
That was when I decided I was going to be the teacher that provided all of it! I was going to be the teacher that taught the how and the why, and then show you what to do as well as give you examples.
This is a staple in the way I teach and the reason students keep coming back.
They know I am making them better knitters and crocheters! And this is something that I am immensely proud of it. It’s what makes Marly Bird online courses different.
The Marly Bird House
Fast Forward nearly 15 years and I no longer teach at a shop. Instead, I’ve created a place online, The Marly Bird House, where I can set the standard of my courses in my own space. Students from around the world can take my courses on their own time. And all of that instruction includes detailed forays into each and every one of those four key aspects of classes.
The Marly Bird House is more than just a place for me to list courses, workshops, and pattern collections. It is a place you are sure to find AMAZING COURSES, OUTSTANDING PATTERNS, and FUN WORKSHOPS by designers and teachers in the industry who are also passionate about the crafts.
Listen, every product in the Marly Bird House includes all the items I would want in a class or workshop or pattern if I were to buy it. I stand by it because I did my research, figured out what people needed in classes, and honed my skills in providing all of those things.
Marly Bird Online Courses Are Made With The Crafter in Mind
I didn’t rush into making these classes. I’ve taught in shops, at events, and through many online channels for the past fifteen years. I’ve honed my skills, taken in feedback, made adjustments, grown as technology has changed. I’ve taken everything I’ve learned about teaching classes at Craftsy and Creativebug and at stitching events and put it all in these courses. I bring you my best.
I Give You My Best, Every Time
When I tell you that something is the ultimate, incredible, or masterclass quality, you can be sure I am telling the truth because that is the way I do it!
I give you everything…EVERYTHING…you need to be successful in these crafts.
➸ YOU CAN TRUST THAT!
Why am I telling you all this? Well, I had dinner with new friends last night and they asked me what I did for a living..
When I thought about explaining the Marly Bird House I realized that to best understand the house you have to understand the person responsible for building it.
So here I am.
Marly Bird: a knitter & crocheter, a designer, a teacher, and a constant cheerleader. My goal is to help all of you become better knitters and crocheters and I KNOW my courses
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can do just that. I believe in it because I have worked hard at it. The amazing people who follow me and join in my community believe it, too. And I hope that you’ll give it a chance. Because what I truly want is to take what I love and give you all of the skills necessary to help you love it, too. That’s what makes Marly Bird online courses better.