Have you ever thought about taking an online course but not dared press the yes button ?
This was me. Now I am a convert to the amazing things you can learn via on line courses : in your own home.
Online sewing skills courses
My first foray into online courses was a craftsy course into modern sewing skills. As my sewing skills are rooted in my mothers lessons 50 years ago , I had a lot to learn.
- The importance of the accuracy of cutting out
- How to use sewing weights
- Never using tacking again. !
- The relevance of hand positions when using a sewing machine.
I have still away to go before I can apply to the Sewing Bee but I really feel more confident with my machine.
I followed this course with a stitch and rip course by Carol Waugh. What fun. Her textile work is so vibrant.
Online Drawing for textile course
I began to be more adventurous after this and look for courses more related to my felt art.
Dionne Swift makes machine stitched textile work inspired by Yorkshire .
I do like the way Dionne machine stitches. Racing away. Using miles of thread. I considered long and hard before taking the plunge to follow her drawing for textiles course.
Why did I wait so long ?. Dionne’s delivery and refreshing outlook was really inspirational. The drawing exercises were fun : real fun . It was great to have a private Fb group and share the progress week by week.
Not a long course but a real hands on fun course that’s make you forget your drawing inhibitions and that left me with a little book of golden drawing nuggets.
Online Blogging course
Sticky blogging !! I did not really think much about taking this course. It was a whim. I loved the title and I did a free taster session on the importance of blog headlines.
I had wondered for a long time how to get someone other than my mother and hairdresser to read my blog.
Well now I know
I learnt a ton of useful stuff blogging stuff .
- Like good grammar ( not I am not joking ) and how to get it checked.
- The importance of the title and the first sentence.
- Stock photos
- Less blogs of higher quality
Kelly is so lively and interesting. Always unexpectedly appearing on the private Fb group to answer questions . The other participants were also so helpful. The outcome of this course has been a small change in style of my blog and maybe a slow increase in my number of true fans.
Online creative strength training course
I have a number of friends who have taken a course run by Jane Dunnewold called Creative Strength training.
This is a serious course about reconnecting with your inner self as a means of focusing on your art.
It’s about clearing away the barricades that prevent us all getting time for art .
To just start making !
One of the techniques it uses is to write things down . I found it interesting to do this without wondering what the outcome will be. It has made me consider some of the techniques I use and I now have a process rationalization plan as well as a plan for a new series of work in 2017.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this course to anyone who wants to think their way forward with their art work.
So that’s it : My short collection of fantastic online courses. I’d love to hear from you with some more ideas.