We are a creative bunch. Given the right tools we can soar in our given field. Some areas require advanced education and some skills can be self-taught. I’ve always been one to read up on whatever subject happens to be of interest to me. I can’t begin to tell you how many books I’ve read about writing and various needle crafts. And to tell you the truth I might not be the master of anything, but I’ve come a long way, baby!
I signed up for my very first fiber arts class. I was sooooooooo (does that tell you how much?) excited. Then, bummer…..the rug was pulled from beneath my feet. I had done a lot of research and found the perfect instructor and signed up for an embroidery class. I wanted to do one focusing on nature/landscape but the one that was available was more of a variety. I paid for my class and got an email (to verify my email address) which then rerouted me to create an account through them. The instructor was teaching this through another site which offered a forum. It timed out and wouldn’t let me back on. I spent two hours trying to get on and kept getting the message my email address had too many redirects to that site. Dirt Man (who is also my IT guy) spent several hours trying to get on. We couldn’t get on through another computer in the house either. Apparently my server blocked it. I was unable to email the forum site because their email was a “do not reply” email. Fortunately, I emailed the instructor who couldn’t figure it out. She suggested I go onto the site under a different email, but I couldn’t even get onto the web page. She ended up refunding me money.
I am looking for the silver lining here. This class ended up being one that focused on hand embroidery when I was looking for one mainly with machine embroidery. I already use a lot of hand embroidery in my art quilting. I’m sure I would have learned something, but it is not a weak area for me. So perhaps the up side is it saved me some money. Maybe I’ll look for another class through a different web host or maybe I’ll spend the money on some fiber arts books. One good thing is that it intrigued my interest in incorporating more hand embroidery into my quilting. I’ve even drawn out my main pattern and cut templates to start my next one….so yes, good things really can evolve from crappy situations!
Before I start that one, I have to finish my Betty Boop quilt. Here are a few of the embroidery pieces I’ll be putting in the quilt. Will update with complete quilt photo when I ‘m finished. This quilt is going to be a surprise for my Mama.