It was a small group of women who signed up for my class yesterday at the Harwood Art Center. I was surprised that none of them had done any bead embroidery. But they were all experienced in art and craft, and two were professional artists. And I could tell they has all used needle and thread, so I knew they'd catch on quickly, and they did. After I teach, I always like to consciously reflect on what worked and what could have worked better.
This is quickly becoming one of my favorite classes to teach, for many reasons.
- It's easy to pack for
- It's easy to prep for (just a little practice on my sequins samplers and I'm ready to "splain it.")
- The pace is relaxing -- For beginner groups, I can focus on the basic stitches. For ultra-experienced students, I can introduce more techniques and variations, because they get the basics done fast. For mixed groups, advanced students aren't bored because they can go in their own direction.
- There's always a magical moment -- Stitching with sequins is not rocket science but it's not exactly intuitive either. There's always a moment when the students say they're so happy to learn the techniques. Instant gratification is afoot. :-)
- I make money doing something I really enjoy.
So I need to decide -- do I want to self-publish a booklet, propose a magazine article or two, approach a publisher, or what?
- Self-publish -- I wrote a 20-page booklet for my color theory workshops, and I'm just about ready to start selling them on Etsy. I have the equipment I need to produce them at home, a little at a time. Do I want to do the same with my sequin instructions?
- Magazine articles -- I've written many craft magazine articles and I'd love to do more. The money isn't much, but it keeps me in the game, ya know? My first invitation to speak (thank you Nancy Z!) came right after my very first magazine article came out. Should I pitch an article on a sequin stitching technique?
- Book -- The least appealing choice for me, but also the one where I stand to make a nice chunk of change, is pitching a book to a publisher. It's an awful lot of work that involves a lot of people besides me, which means I have to prioritize it and work on their schedule. There goes my beading time.
Thanks for reading. If you have experience publishing a craft book or want to weigh in, feel free.