Thursday, July 24, 2003

Engineering Knowhow

I'm blown away by creative problem solving. I like to think of myself as a creative problem solver, but just when my head gets a trifle too big I realize that the most innovative solutions DO come from a combined effort of creative minds.

One of my students in my Wed morning Sampler Bag Class came up with an idea to stiffen her bag that has blown me away. I am kicking myself that I didn't take a photo of the bag (I forgot my camera) but I'll get a shot of it for next week! She used the stiff felt you can get at any craft shop and cut it in 5 pieces (bottom and 4 sides of bags) Then she punched 3 holes in each piece along the edges and tied them together so they had a little give.


Comme ša - Gigi, tu est brilliant!


When I told her how impressed I was with her ingenious solution (her gorgeous knitting aside...) she modestly said, "Well, I'm an engineer, we're supposed to know how to do stuff like that!" Gigi is my hero of the week!

Needless to say, everyone else in the class is furiously scouring Michaels and the Rag Shop for their OWN stiffened felt. I think I'm going to try a version of this with that stiff foam sheet stuff, too.
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