I had an exciting opportunity to try my hand at something new the other day.
I know trying new things makes some crafters nervous – better to stick with what they know; but remember, you were not always a card-maker, knitter, water-colourist etc. – whatever you are comfortable with and know how to do now, was new to you at some point in your life.
Remember also, that if you go along to a class in something new you are not expected to know what to do or how to do it – you are taking the class to learn these things; speaking from the perspective of a craft demonstrator and tutor, there is nothing more exciting than passing on the enthusiasm and knowledge you have to someone who has no experience with a product or technique and seeing them gaining skills and confidence.
I was lucky enough to attend a class using Metal Clay – a product I had seen, but had never used. The class was run by Julia Rai and I produced the two ‘charms’ pictured having had no prior experience ….. and yes – one of these charms does have a gemstone set into it.
Nine of us took the opportunity to learn from this wonderful lady who oozes enthusiasm and knowledge and has 10 years’ experience with Metal Clay, and never once did Julia make any of us feel we should already know the things she was showing and telling us or that a question being asked was a silly one.
So, go on, don’t let those nerves stop you – have a look around for a class using a product or technique that you have always wanted to have a go at but have not had the courage or the knowledge to take the first steps on your own …… you really will not regret it.