When I saw that my quilt guild had a beading class with Lisa Yoder coming up, I debated with myself about taking it. I’ve been beading on fabric for years and have even done demos at the guild on basic beading techniques. What more was there to learn?
Fortunately, I talked myself into taking the class. After all, a class gives me a chance to practice a skill I won’t practice at home. I’ve taken multiple machine quilting classes over the years, even after I started getting compliments on my quilting, and never regretted it. Classes remind me of things I’ve forgotten, and I always learn something new, though it may be something small.
Here’s what I got from taking Lisa’s class:
1) Inspiration: Lisa’s quilts are hand-sewn gems, tiny bead-encrusted worlds that are delicate, whimsical, and breath-taking. I loved her work.
2) Fun: I thoroughly enjoyed making my little beaded quilt during class (and yes, I got all but a dozen of those beads on during the 3-hour class). I remembered how much I love to bead things.
3) Learning: Even though I’ve beaded for years, Lisa had things to teach me. She did some things differently than I do. I gave them a try because I was in her class and discovered some tips to make beading go more smoothly.
As a rule, I love to learn. But it’s easy to forget that just because I know how to do something doesn’t mean there isn’t more to know. I’m really grateful I took Lisa’s class. Not only can old dogs learn new tricks, but there are so many new tricks out there waiting to be learned.
6 thoughts on “3 Reasons to Take Classes on Techniques You Already Know”
I am in awe! Beautiful <3 I laughed at tip #2 when you said you got all but a dozen put on during a 3 hour class. I pictured myself running from class crying, a few beads on, tired, frustrated, feeling clumsy :))) Jen
Awww, thanks. I’m afraid I’m a bit of a manic beader, which explains how I got so much done. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and sometimes they are the same thing. 😉
Yes! It makes sense. I have taken quilt classes twice. I learned more the second time around.
Glad to hear I’m not the only one.
Always wanted to try beading. It’s on my list of crafts I want to add to my life. 🙂
I love it. Wait until you see how much stuff I’ve made since class… 😉