I am a class junkie. I want to learn from everyone I can. I may not have felt this way when I was in school but those classes weren’t needlepoint, now were they. Now that I have the opportunity to study the needlearts I am interested in what everyone is doing. Particularly if it is a new technique that I may not have explored before.
I’ve been taking beadwork classes from Cynthia Rutledge who is amazing and basket making classes from Marilyn Moore. Also amazing. I’m dabbling in wirework. Who knows where these new techniques may lead. Watch out, they may come to life in a needlepoint canvas yet.
Taking the classes gets me excited to do my art and stop letting everything else come first for just a short period of time.
When deciding whether or not to take a class it is easy to get caught up in “do I like the picture or not”. It’s important to look beyond that at the techniques and the instructor. Many of our most talented teachers are retiring and the window of opportunity to take a class with them has closed.
I particularly like cyber classes. We offer cyber classes with national teachers on Bedecked and Beadazzled. There are also other websites offering cyber classes so you have lots of choices. It’s a wonderful opportunity to take a class with a national teacher without having to leave the comfort of your own home. It’s also a more relaxed environment. You don’t have to commit to 3 days in a row that may have seemed convenient when you signed up for the class but are now filled with deadlines, and kid’s soccer matches. You have the supplies and instructions, you can read the teachers additional tips and hits at your leisure and participate in the online chat as desired. 2AM is an okay time to chat if that’s what works for you. It’s all about convenience.
Cyber classes are the best of all worlds. Meeting the teacher in person is still the best, but this is a great alternative that offers you the best of both worlds. I hope you will give it a try. Take a class. Explore a new technique. Stretch your skills. I bet you will enjoy it.