For a long time most of my learning was via books, diagrams and instructions. But when I began beadweaving I discovered all the video tutorials out there. There’s no doubt if you combine book learning with actually seeing how something is done you can really expand your knowledge.
I find the best way to deal with online videos is to first watch it all the way through. You can’t get all the information in one fell swoop. Or at least it doesn’t work for me. My brain does an overview and then it can work on details!
RAW is one of the beadweaving stitches which floors me. So I chose to watch the Right Angle Weave class with Barb Switzer.
The video is divided into 7 sections:
Right Angle Weave Basics
Adding a Clasp
Two-Drop Right Angle Weave
Tubular Right Angle Weave
Cubic Right Angle Weave
As you can see from this screen shot, the video is on one side and on the right there are questions from other people taking the class. The questions are relevant to each section You can ask your own questions when the moment arises; make notes when a thought hits you; pause and study one frame of the video. It’s a pretty good system. Curious about the beading surface Barb was using, I asked her about it and very quickly she came back and answered. (Now I have a Bead it on Board, in fact 2, and will review them in the future).
Personally I found I could see every detail of how Barb was weaving, she explained it as she went along. But I noticed one or two students found it difficult to see clearly. They felt there was too much finger and thumb coverage. Mmmmm…. decide for yourself.
A couple of simple projects are included. Always nice to have a finished piece of jewelry and somehow it makes it easier to learn when you are making something rather than putting together samples. You can post a picture of your bracelet for the other students to see. I like the variety of designs already posted. It’s astonishing how different the same instructions can produce such diverse pieces when colours, finishes, types, and sizes of beads are changed.
Next I’ll go back through each class and really study what’s going on. Choose beads and crystals for my bracelet and get the hang of RAW.
Craftsy video workshops cover many skills:
- Cake Decorating
- Food & Cooking
- Home & Garden
- Paper Crafts
Of particular interest to me is the fabric dyeing class with amazing tutors such as Jane Dunnewold:
And of course my favorite part of quilting – Hand quilting with Andi Perejd:
Just to entice you Craftsy have a few free mini-courses so you can see if the set up works for you. Here’s a quilty video class: Tips for Creative Quilt backs.
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