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Learn How To Juggle and Make and Design Your Own Juggling Balls

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Lessons in This Class

22 Lessons (1h 1m)
    • 1. Introduction video

    • 2. Step 1: The materials

    • 3. Step 2: How to prepare your fabric

    • 4. Step 3: The inside

    • 5. Step 4: Shaping the juggling ball

    • 6. Step 5: Dividing the ball in to work areas

    • 7. Technique exercise: Lagnette stitches

    • 8. Step 6: The Framework

    • 9. Step 7: Filling the triangles

    • 10. Step 8: New Colors and attaching the thread

    • 11. Examples and Inspirational tips

    • 12. Extra: Inspirational photos for class project

    • 13. History of juggling skillshare

    • 14. Learn How to Juggle: Exercise 1 - Getting Started

    • 15. Learn How to Juggle: Exercise 2 - Scooping

    • 16. Learn How to Juggle: Exercise 3 - Two Balls

    • 17. Learn How to Juggle: Exercise 4 - Two Ball Scooping

    • 18. Learn How to Juggle: With Three Balls

    • 19. Learn How to Juggle: Challenge 1 - One Hand Two Balls

    • 20. Learn How to Juggle: Challenge 2 - Juggle With Different Objects

    • 21. Learn How to Juggle: Challenge 3 - Over The Top

    • 22. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Have You always wanted to learn how to juggle?

Are You a creative and innovative person?

Then this course is the perfect fit for you!

During this course I will teach you the basic and essential knowledge that you need to know to start juggling with three balls at the same time. You will also master the skill of making and designing your own juggling balls in an easy and fun way. I will include a short history segment where I will give you a brief overview of the juggling history of northern Europe.

The course will consist of the following three chapters:

Chapter 1: Make and design your own juggling balls

These step by step instructions will give you all the tools to customize your juggling balls in any way you like concerning wight, shape, size, colors, and feel.

Chapter 2: A short history lesson regarding the juggling history of the north.

Chapter 3: Learn how to juggle

In these instructions videos I will give you step by step instructions on how to start juggling with three balls. We will start with several exercises to improve your control and multitasking skills. After this we will move on to juggling with three balls and end with several challenge videos that you can work with to impress your friends even more. Slow motion videos, pdf document and detailed instruction videos included.

What are you waiting for? Let’s get our juggle on!











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Niklas Kleberg

Teacher, Musician and tech-savvy


Niklas Kleberg works full time as a teacher and has a masters degree in pedagogy from Gothenburg University and Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg. For 10 years he has been teaching around 350 students a year in all ages, in the subjects of music, crafts, drama and history. He is also a voice coach and a choir conductor.

Niklas is also teaching computer science and development, and is also specialized in research regarding formative- and summative evaluation of students knowledge. (How to use evaluation to better understand and help students learning process) As a teacher and programer he developed interactive classrooms for musical students.

Niklas grew up with music as his trusted companion. The piano, trumpet and base was natur... See full profile

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1. Introduction video: I welcome to this online course regarding how to juggle and how to make your own juggling balls. This'll course is for beginners that want to learn how to juggle, and also for those who wants to learn how to make their own juggling balls. Let's take a closer look at this class outline. This'll class is divided into three different chapters. In the first chapter, I will teach you how to make your own juggling balls in an easy and fun way. I will also teach you a new technique called Land Net Stitches things type of stitches you will use while you're making your own juggling balls. But you can also use it in other ways if you want to. For example, you can use while making that new embroidery that you have always wanted to. In Chapter two, I will give you a short but tasteful a little bit of history where I will tell you about these types of juggling balls on the lands of northern Europe, and in the third part I will teach you how to chuck from scratch. But what qualifies me to be your online course instructor? My name is Nicholas and I've been teaching for 12 years in Sweden in the subjects off music , history, drama, crafts and sick. I am also specialized in computer science, on informative and some motive evaluation of students learning process. And what about the class project? You may ask? The one thing I want you to do is to take a picture off your finished juggling balls, or, if you have made civil off them, use them in action, film it and post videos like and check out. Do so in the project. I will be sure to comment on every project that you post there. When you have taken this course, you will be able to juggle. You have made your own juggling balls, you know the history behind it all and had a lot of fun. 2. Step 1: The materials: Let's start with the materials and tools that we need to do this. First up, we need a good sister or a bad one. It's up to you. You will have to acquire some small plastic bags. We will also need a good needle. Adapt the size of the needle to the thickness off the yarn that you're going to use to make the bowl. We will also be using some type of fabric. In this video, I will be using an old white bed sheet who will need some materials that we can fill the ball with. I will be using rice in this video, but you could use sand or paper or a sword dust, if you want to, really depends on what characteristics you want the ball to have and what you are using it . For now, you only need some type of yarn. What type is completely up to you? Choose one that you really like and move on to the next video 3. Step 2: How to prepare your fabric: to prepare the fabric for this project, we need to tear the fabric to about one meter long strips, take the scissors and make a tiny cut in the edge off fabric, like so to several about 1 to 2 centimeters apart. You could now put down the sister and then take your hands and tear the fabric apart like this. Good job. Now you can continue to the next video. 4. Step 3: The inside: Let's begin this part by putting some rising one of our plastic bags the first time you make one of these juggling balls. It can be hard to know how much rice use, and the only way for you to find out is for you to weigh the plastic bag in your hand. Get a feel for it. Is it heavy enough? Is it too much rice? How do I wanted to feel and how much we wanted to weigh when I'm juggling? Good tip is to use a scale so that all three of the bowls, or five or eight, depending on home and you need always the same. I know from experience that if I want to three of these 110 grams, it's about what I want them to weigh. But now I'm just going to do one, and I thought that I would make one a little bigger, so I will use 150 grams for this one. There you go. Now let's put away the rice and the skate. Good. You're now ready for the next step. Let's continue to the next video in this class 5. Step 4: Shaping the juggling ball: begin this part of the lesson by trying to get as much air as you can out of the bag, then tied together. In the end, it's close to the rise, as you can now try to shape the bag as a bowl as good as you can. It can be. A big trick gets first, so keep at it. Good. Now take out. Just drives and try to shape the bowl by winding stripes around it like this. Keep a tight grip and be sure to close all the gaps. You should only see the fabric, not the bag itself. Be sure to wind it as tight as you can. There. - Good Now move on to the next video in this class. 6. Step 5: Dividing the ball in to work areas: in this part of the clause, we will divide our bowl into eight different parts. It will become eight different triangles that we will feel when different colors, well, the same colors. If you want to. You feel that juggling ball is losing shape at any time during the making of it, you can likely tap it against the table to reshape it. The armed we will use now will be the same as to frame off every triangle plan ahead, so you get the right color combination that you want. I will be using Brown Yard for this spot. Begin by winding your your like this around the bowl. Do it three times and then tie or not now do the same, but in the opposite direction like this, so that they cross each other. Good. Now, tight off. Make sure that the four past that we now have is equally big in size. Now do it one last time like this, so we get a triangles that have the same size. Be sure to adjust the thread so that they all get the same size. That's important. That's why I'm emphasizing that point. Good job. Now move on to the next video in this class 7. Technique exercise: Lagnette stitches: this video will be a practice video where I will show you the type off stitches that you need to learn to make this juggling ball. It's called Lang Net Stitches. And for this we need some fabric that we can practice on. We need some threat. We need a needle, Onda sister. Begin by cutting off a bit off threat and then continue to thread the needle. Good. Now start by taking the needle from underneath fabric and up. Then continue like this. Take the needle down and then up again through the fabric and over your own threat. This is important. So pay attention over your own threat. Now repeat the same procedure like this through the fabric and over my own threat. Keep this up for a while. - Good . You now know how to make Lang net stitches and are ready to move on to the next part of this class and the next video. Good job 8. Step 6: The Framework: we're now going to work with something that I would like to call the framework. We're going to use our new skill with the new stitches and use it all around the juggling ball. To do this, we will need a sister, our juggling bull, a needle and some yard. Usually I would use the same color on the R s. I did while dividing the ball into triangles. But this time I will use another color. I will use Green. And I will do this because it will become clearer for you how I use the new stitches. If I had used the same color, it would be a bit of a blur, I think. Yeah. Once again, check that all the triangles are the same size. Begin by pulling the needle under the yarn where X marks the spots like this. Then choose which way you want to go and pull the needle under the yarn and over your own threat, just like we practiced before. Now keep this up. Pull down your own threat. The green one in this case, go under the frame yarn. In this case, it's brown and over the green yard. Keep this up and try to maintain the same distance between the stitches all the way around . If it changes, no worries, You can adjust it later on. To save time, I will speed up the process of it and only slow down when I'm doomed. Something you when reaching a new cross. Just keep on going all the way around there. After a while, you may get out of yarn. No worse, we can fix this. Just tie a new piece of yarn to the old one and continue. You don't have to worry that it will be noticeable on the finished juggling bowl. Now, when you have gotten whole lap around the bowl, you can continue with the other two. The whole framework must be done before we can continue to the next video there. Good job. All the framework are now done. You can tie not to fasten the yard where you can just drag it under the cross and tend to it later. It will not be a problem Now you can continue to the next video in this class 9. Step 7: Filling the triangles: we will now start working on our triangles. To do this, we need our sister, a needle, our green John and our prepared juggling bold. I know that I am a bit repetitive regarding this one, but once again check that all the triangles have the same size As you can see. We have some loose ends here that hangs out from the juggling bowl. No, where's I will show you later on how to fasten them good and tight. As you can see, I have chosen the same color as the last time, the green one. But you don't have to do that. You can change however you want. This time I chose to start with the green. I will change to another color in the next triangle. Now let's start the same way as the previous video. After threading the needle with yarn, move the needle under the cross and up into your triangle. We will use the same stitches as the last time, but instead of using the brown framework will use the loops that our stitches has previously made. Like this. Now go down through the loop and over your own threat off yard, and you have created a new lung. That stitch Keep on doing this. The whole road down to the next cross. Now we will continue to do this triangle round and round again. But you can see that we now got a problem. The loops created bothers stitch. It's in the other triangle. How can we solve this? Yes, You guessed right. We will use the backside off the stitch like this. Now we have created Lang net stitches on both sides off their framework way can now continue doing this and thereby making the triangle smaller and smaller Until we reached the middle and we confess in the threat, I will speed up the process to save time. - Ah , we have finally reached the middle and the triangle is full. When all the sides are connected, you can then pulled the needle down in the middle and out side. Don't worry about fastening it. We will do that later on. - Now continue to the next video in this class 10. Step 8: New Colors and attaching the thread: who will now finish the juggling ball. Right now we have one triangle filled with color light green. Let's go ahead and fill another triangle. I am now chosen a dark green. I always try to fill triangles that are opposite to each other. I'm doing one side now, but you could do another triangle that its opposite triangle that you just work with on the juggling ball. This will prevent the framework from being stretched to only one side of the juggling bowl . And as you can see, we have, Ah, a lot of threats hanging out here. I will soon show you help to fasten these threats. You can do this in different ways. Some of them will just disappear underneath and you triangle. So off them you can just pull under the yarn with a needle and they will disappear. A swell Well, you can just tie to off them together and then cut him. Let's fill in some new triangles, as you can see, have chosen a brown yarn in a dark red one. I will now use all of these colors on the other side. To all the triangles are now filled, which colored John and we have two threads left. Let's fasten them. Take your needle and pull the yarn underneath the surface off the juggling bowl. Cut them off and they will disappear like it were magic doing it. Let's do it one last time. But you ask, Will the threat not loosen with this technique? No, it will not. I have never had any problem with it There it is now nearly finished, but I can see one place that needs fixing. It's a little gap where I can see lots of white fabric underneath way can fix this. Just take some yarn with the right color and pull it together. It will not be visible with the naked eye. In the next video, I will show you these types of different juggling balls and give you some inspiration in different techniques and tips that you can use while crafting your own juggling balls. No, continue to the next video in this class 11. Examples and Inspirational tips: in this video, I will show you more examples off different types of juggling balls that I have made. I will also give you some inspirational tips on how to adapt and change your juggling balls to your liking. Let's start with the one we just made. All the other juggling balls that I will show you is made from cotton or wool, but this one I made with the yarn and made from linen, so it has a bit of a rough feel to it. When you hold it in your hand, you could do it like this. I've only used two colors here, black and red. The framework is in black, but it's not that visible because half off the triangles are black. Here is another one. It was made to accompany the previous one in the air. This one also has a black framework, but I have used red and green triangles. I have also chosen to use more fabric in these two juggling balls. Eso they are a bit softer than the one we just made in the previous videos. You can also go a little crazy like this one. Where have used yarn that changes in color all the way around. There are eight triangles, just like in the one we just made. I really think that this one is really full of life. For sentimental reasons, I will now show you the very first juggling ball I have ever made with this technique. It's a bit smaller, and it's also very light. It doesn't weigh anything. It's just paper and fabric in it, so it's not really suitable for juggling. But it's fun, and you can use it in other ways. This one is one of my personal favorites. It's not made like the other ones I've shown you. It only has four work areas I didn't do. The last thread around. The bolts with work areas got larger and fewer. I'm very pleased with the results, this one. And because I used black yarn as framework, black areas are a little bigger than the green walls. Try it out and post a picture in the project section, and then you can go absolutely crazy for this one I have used. They are, and that changes colors all the time, the same yarn for the whole juggling bowl. It is made with the usual framework and eight triangles. But you can't see them, can you? I love this. I think it's really fun. I used the same technique with this one, but the yarn is a bit different. You should really look at this up close. It has some glitter yarn in it and has some testable. Fred's peeking out. It's fun and has a nice feeling that there you go. If you want some more close ups at this, juggling balls sure to shake out the last video in this class where I give you some inspirational photos can now move on to the next video in this class. 12. Extra: Inspirational photos for class project: 13. History of juggling skillshare: I will now give a short history lesson regarding these types of juggling balls in Sweden and in the northern countries of Europe. We have an old tradition of making these types off. John Bowles. Let's stop this story with me as a young boy in my early years around 10 years old. I remember that I was playing in the yard and my grandmother came out to play. I then Sovereignty were amazed, which has started juggling several bowls once. She could also keep up to five balls in motion by throwing them against a skill that it's not easy to most. I then learned that when she was a young girl, this was one of the many games the girls spent the time doing while out of school. They made these type of juggling balls with only yarn inside of them, so they were a bit lighter than the ones that we are making in this class. The girls did not get to play soccer like the boys because they were girls and could obviously not handle football. Men thought up this waas and is of course, a silly notion. Instead, the girls and my grandmother had a lot of challenges. Life juggling, throwing the bowl up there, turning around, clapping your hands and then catch the ball. My grandmother also told me of several rhymes that you speak while tossing for the stuff has told hair in Speed it against the wall in the West. Several of Mycroft teachers colleagues are now making these juggling balls with their students. So right now we're all doing our part to keep his one fishing alive. My grandmother sadly passed way a couple of years ago, and I missed so dearly. But I think she would be pleased, knowing that we now are crafting thes types of juggling balls once again and also maybe trying to learn some new tricks. So with these words onward to the next video, it is time to start juggling. 14. Learn How to Juggle: Exercise 1 - Getting Started: Here are some tips on how to improve your juggling skills. Use one bold and start tossing it from one hand to the other and tried to let it stay in. I work on tossing it in an angle to the other hand, so it's easier to catch. Also try to catch it without looking at it wide, catching it. We're tossing this first bowl back and forth. You will get a feel for juggling. 15. Learn How to Juggle: Exercise 2 - Scooping: Now we will practice something called scooping, scooping the bulls. We do this to make the juggling more smooth. It will help you. When you're using three bowls before throwing the ball, you make a scooping motion. Keep it shallow, though you should not get it to Deke. This is to mimic motions juggler. 16. Learn How to Juggle: Exercise 3 - Two Balls: you should now start juggling with two balls. Hold the ball in each hand, just one bowl up in the air so it peaks around your eyes. When the first bowl is in its highest trajectory, you switch the second bowl from the second hand to the first hand. Then you catch the first ball you threw in your not so dominant hand and repeat. 17. Learn How to Juggle: Exercise 4 - Two Ball Scooping: now take one bowl in each hand, toss bowl, a to hand be and while catching the first bowl, you throw Bowlby to hand a. Practice this until you can do it with ease. 18. Learn How to Juggle: With Three Balls: stop by picking up your very own juggling balls. Hopefully, you have made them so that they have approximately the same weight. You should start by holding two off the balls in your dominant hand and one bowl and the other one. It is much easier to start if you have the two balls in your dominant hat. As you get better, you will be able to switch starting positions. You should have your elbow spent in 90 degrees and your palms face upward. Look straight in front of you. Tell us one of the balls gently up in the air on approximately the height of your eyes. This good starting height. When you get better, you will be able to throw them even higher. Toss it in a slight animals all that it moves in the direction of your other hand. That will make it easier to catch when you're about to catch a bowl that it's now in the air, you at the same time, throw the second ball up in the air and simultaneously catch first. Second ball is now on a trajectory towards the first hat, your dominant hat and you repeat the same procedure always catch the balls in the water that you throw them. Each bowl shoot end up in the opposite hand that look through this video in slow motion several times to help you get a grasp of how you should start your juggling. I will include these sketches in class. Resource is so that you can download it and keep it for yourself. And it's with a learning. You should practice every day, 10 minutes every day. It's much better than one hour once. 19. Learn How to Juggle: Challenge 1 - One Hand Two Balls: in this exercise, we will have one hand on our backs and try to juggle two balls while catching one of the bowls. We just throw the other ball up in the air and so forth right and see what you think. 20. Learn How to Juggle: Challenge 2 - Juggle With Different Objects: to make the practice a bit more fun. You can try to juggle things that are in different weights and different sizes like this. I don't use anything too expensive, beginning and not too sharp, either. 21. Learn How to Juggle: Challenge 3 - Over The Top: I will also include a short video in slow motion showing a trick called Over the Top. In this trait, you just juggle as you feel with three bowls. But then something happens. Once in a while you make a circular motion but scooping it up from the outside and tosses the ball over everything and catches in the next time. Look closely on this slow motion to trail to see how it stopped. It's like one of the ball's going over the net like a tennis ball, you might say. Or over the top, this slow motion tutorial. I do it quite randomly, but could do if you have, for example, one red, one blue and one green ball you can always green. 22. Final Thoughts: So it's time for some final thoughts. I hope you have found this online class to your liking and that you have a quiet new skills that it's really useful for you. If you now have learned to juggle, I would much like to see it. If you upload a video of yourself juggling and let me know where to find it. I will be sure to check it out. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding my videos in this class. No, that was sold for this time. Happy juggling and see you later. Bye.