Now for the sad. I love to teach. I do it at work all the time, and for me the greatest joy is when someone has that look in their eye of "I GOT IT!". I like to share my achievements and my mistakes to get another person psyched into creating Art. I do love doing Square Stitch. It was my very first bead weaving technique I taught myself. I went crazy with it in the beginning making bracelets for everyone I knew. I even sold many of them. Then I made a few amulet bags which I gave away, and started playing with dimensional Square Stitch. It has never been a very popular bead weaving technique, but it is one that I still enjoy as it has a rhythmic trance producing path that lets me escape into my inner being. I knew that plus the fact that this was a level three (intermediate) class that might put people off. Then it was split into two sessions of 2 2 1/2 hours on Friday nights. Not good either. So here I am with a big graph and half written instructions. I am not going to just ditch this project. I intend to finish it up and maybe send it off to a magazine as it is a very nice design & makes a lovely bag.
So what has this taught me. Well, first off, I have decided to not submit anything to teach for the Summer. I really need to take a few steps back and wrap my head all around this. First off, do I want to continue to try to teach at the local bead store, and if so what do I do to try to build up a student following.
Lori Anderson during these past month was asking people to send her inspirational photos that helped you beat the Muse and create. I sent her my picture of Kauai which she used in her new motivational e-book called : Follow the Path which can be purchased at Lori's website.
One thing is that I definitely need a new banner for this blog. I haven't beaded a beanie in years, and I do love dolls almost as much as beading. But then, I love my Scotties too...and the beautiful city I live in. So like Lori, I'm going to just blog about what I want. Definitely a new banner is in store!
Second I decided to take this Summer to back track a little with my teaching. I want to use the advice Lisa gave to me. I definitely need to scale back my classes to things that people can complete in a weekend or even in the limited time set aside for a class. I need to also look at whimsical themes as they always attract my attention. I was trying to go for elegant, when that definitely is NOT me! I like crazy out of the world or amazingly cute things. So I'm going to sit down and design easy fun classes for the Fall term. I know people cannot commit to the tons of hours I do in my personal projects, so I have to do simple things: Fun simple you got to learn to make that things. I'm going to give it my best try.