Sew I was realizing today as I worked in my studio that my fabric art and my video making are fairly well merged together finally and I have really begun to enjoy playing/working in my studio again. It has definitely been a huge challenge.
I started back about September of last year, thinking I would just take some of the classes I used to teach and add a few more and turn them into videos to share on YouTube and make downloads to accompany them. Simple, right? I had no idea what I was about, how to really accomplish it, and the journey I was undertaking. Using my single little GoPro camera I just made a video and edited it on my video editor that was designed for home videos. I had to learn to edit just for that.
After my family and I saw the video result I had loaded up on YouTube, we all realized it would not do. It had many problems from lighting to scripting to quality of the filming. Plus, the talent (me) needed to figure out a little better how to address the watcher. So I took it down and my family swung in there and helped me get set up, figure out how to do the videos, and are still helping me produce better videos. It was a period of frustration, especially when my computer failed just after we got started and it it took a couple of months before that was solved. Now I have a wonderful setup as well as a good computer that is designed for this work (thanks to my family set of professional techies). Grown kids are the greatest blessing!
It’s been a major change in my studio and the way I work and I’m still learning, but this past few weeks I had a lot of fun. I realized that fun has returned to my studio work, frustration has cooled down, and happiness is centered around fabric art again.
Sew new ideas are flooding in and I have quite a few directions I will be taking this newly merged activity based on what I have learned over the years. And yes, I do still plan to make show quality and experimental quilts, perhaps, though, with some videoing along beside them.
One thing I have been adding to help fund this rather expensive activity and keep the YouTube video teaching free for my followers and friends, is to add some affiliations with companies so I can recommend products I use myself with links for you to use both here on my Blog and on my YouTube in the information box below the videos. If people use them and purchase something at the time or shortly thereafter, I will get a small percentage from the purchase and it won’t cost them any more for the product and they won’t have to hunt for it.
I so far have only had people reference the links and not purchase enough for anyone to pay me anything (it has to add up to a bit before you get paid), but I hope this will improve as time goes on and my followers understand how it supports my little business to help keep things going.
So far I have an affiliation with Connecting Threads, Dick Blick art supplies, Accuquilt cutters, and yes, Amazon to cover the blank areas the others don’t.
Very recently I added Wonderfil Specialty Threads. Now you all who know me know I love Superior Threads too, but the thread types I use and like from Wonderfil are not made by Superior Threads, so between the two of them I’ve got the many types I like to use covered.
I am planning on a number of YouTube classes and Quick Tip Videos that will involve extensive thread work using these specialty threads along side of the Superior I like too (even though they don’t have an affiliate program). It will be fun…small wall art whole cloth quilts that feature things I love like trees, rocks, trains, birds, flowers, and architecture that are sized right for a small space on your home walls or even in an office or for use on pillows or tote bags, etc. They should be fun…fun to make, fun to watch being made, fun to think about.
Sew happy everyone! Have fun in your studio and treasure your family and friends. If you have something you want to have me present on my videos, please tell me in the comments.