Saturday, February 17, 2018

Teaching via Video

I do not think I will ever be much of a "live" teacher.  I am a terrible traveler, unless it is by car that I drive myself, and teaching seems to require mobility.  I also am introverted, and not comfortable for long in groups.  Plus there is the anxiety management for public speaking.  I will teach "live" for what I believe will be the last time on April 7th, at the Upper Midwest Bead Society Demo and Do event.

But I do think I have useful information and skills I would like to share.  So I have taken a page from Mikki Ferrugiano's book (I must say she has been kind and supportive!) and created my first video tutorial support.

I had a partial box of Volcano Triangle jewels, purchased to re-kit my very first offering, Spiral Damsel Dragon Necklace.  This project features a spiral Chenille stitch rope, and the scales follow the spiral around the rope.  As on all my dragon projects, the back of the rope is smooth, sitting comfortably against your skin.  I believe that with the video support, an Intermediate level beader could manage this project with reasonable ease.


So, my first video supports this project, and will be provided at no additional cost to purchasers of the E-tutorial.  It is hosted by Google on YouTube, and you must have a gmail address to access the video.  I am incredibly pleased that there is a way for me to store and offer this 90+ minute video to you, and it seems to me that a free g-mail account is not a huge price to pay for the experience.

I will explore other options as I learn more, but for now, YOU MUST PURCHASE THE TUTORIAL, AND HAVE A G-MAIL E-MAIL ADDRESS TO VIEW THIS VIDEO.

NOTE:  IF YOU PURCHASED THIS TUTORIAL WHEN I FIRST OFFERED IT, I WILL SEND YOU A LINK TO THE VIDEO SUPPORT, IF YOU SEND ME YOUR G-MAIL ADDRESS.  PLEASE CONTACT ME THROUGH ETSY CONVO FOR THIS PURPOSE.

Here is a link to the tutorial, which includes the 90 minutes of video support.

I am pleased with my results, although I have to say, it was a steep learning curve, and I know I will improve with time and experience.

I have 13 kits, which I will list sometime this weekend in my Etsy shop and I will list the newly polished tutorial at that time as well. Additionally, I have one original kit in the shimmering, golden Chili Pepper colorway available and will list that after the tutorial listing goes up. These dragon wings look like leaves in Autumn to me.  :)



I have also played with the beautiful new TOHO colors of Galvanized PermaFinish beads and recognized the fact that Butterflies Have Scales Too...

I have not make kits for this colorway, but if enough people express serious interest, I will put together some for you.  I love how the shape of the butterfly feels like a feminine little bow.


Next up on my video list, Pineapple Blossom Necklace.  I have SOOO many requests for more kits, and this seems like a good opportunity to get it filmed.  Also, although I have two other exciting projects in mind for the near future, but I think it's best I work on another video while I remember what I did to get it cemented in my mind.

As always, thank you all for your kind support and for reading my little blog!