Welcome to the world of lock down craft tutorials!
Just a few short weeks ago I was hosting my weekly craft sessions at Welholme Works. We’d all sit together in our craft room and we’d hug and share cakes and drink loads of tea and coffee. Some of the crafters would stay for a bit afterwards and we’d have a sneaky hot chocolate or bacon sarnie from the truck around the corner. Now I’m hosting lock down craft tutorials in The Craft Hub.
I’ve had to have a total refocus on how I replicate anything like what we were doing each Wednesday. To start with, we’d have a Zoom call and catch up with everyone but as lovely as it is to see each other’s faces, it’s just not quite the same is it?
It’s clear that people still want to craft – and actually a lot of people have some extra spare time and they want to learn something new. Usually I’d be on hand to show them what to do, or I’d set up a workshop. Something that’s just not possible at the moment.
So the bullet has been bitten. I’ve been gently nudged to a way of teaching that I’m not used to and that I’ve been quite nervous about. I have a new tripod set up that stands on the kitchen table and 2 sessions in and all seems to be going well! So far there have been lock down life craft tutorials on how to make solid granny squares, with a follow up happening this Saturday at 11am which will demonstrate how they can be joined together.
The beauty of the Facebook Lives is that people can comment as I teach, I can respond straight away and conversations are being started. Viewers are spotting people that they know who are watching and we’re starting to build a new community! There have been extra suggestions from viewers of what they would like to see demonstrated. As you can imagine, the list is growing.
We’re looking for small wins and silver linings so I suppose that at least we seem to have a bit more time to check some more of these off of that list. If you want to join my group on Facebook, The Craft Hub you’ll find all the info for upcoming crochet and embroidery tutorials.
If you’re reading this and have some ideas of what you’d like to see then please do get in touch! There’s plenty of social media platforms out there and I tend to be on most of them. That means that there’s no excuses to not get in touch!
This post was written by Gemma