“Share what you make and soon enough you’ll discover which part of your creative work resonates with people.”
This quote was the main point of an article I wrote here on the blog not too long ago. Well, well,… My experiences this past month of March, just proved how so very true that statement is.
I spent the entire month sharing with the folks on the Fire Blog I really had to do a lot of juggling – to pull this off. Putting the teaching material together took a great deal of my time. Meanwhile, I still kept writing and publishing here on my blog consistently.
But it turned out that it was all worth it. I got to meet and interact with so many people last month. It must have been one of my busiest months to date. I responded to several emails, I’ll say, every day of the month. My interaction with the blog followers was the most fun part of my Resident Artist Job on the Fire Blog.
Before long, I was beginning to receive requests to teach a course on my Stitched Drawing techniques. So many people were having so much fun they wanted more.
Feedback on Stitched Drawing Tutorial
Here are some of the comments …….
OMG! I am so excited that you will be doing this!
I have learnt so much from these write-ups Clara.
This info has been very helpful to me. Looking forward to more in this series.
I kept on getting asked repeatedly about where I teach my techniques almost the entire month. Also, I got a lot of notes from grateful people.
Thanks for answering my questions in past posts. It has been good to see and read about your work this month.
Thank you for your March tutorial. and the links added today. helpful when steps are broken down in chunks! I totally agree repeated efforts lead to better result!!!
Awesome! Thank you for being so generous.
When in the first week I had several people tell me they’d ordered the items on the supplies list and couldn’t wait to start, I knew we were in for a good ride.
Stitched Drawing Course in the Works
So, I listened.
I thought about all the things which were said to me.
Finally, I made a decision. I decided to create a course that will meet the needs of those who are really interested in learning my Stitched Drawing techniques.
If you’re interested in combining drawing skills with free motion quilting skills to create uniquely beautiful designs, then this course is for you. You don’t even need any drawing skills to do this. How wonderful is that?
I’m currently working on creating the content – both videos and reading materials – for the Stitched Drawing course. So exciting!!!
If you’re interested in learning my techniques and having fun creating your own original designs, then get on the list to be notified when the Stitched Drawing course is ready. I’ll have EXCLUSIVE bonuses for those who enroll for the Stitched Drawing course early. So you’ll want to get notified as soon as the course is open for enrollment.
Showing Your Work is Important for Creative Growth
Finally, let me say this if you want to grow creatively, begin to share your work. Share with those around you. Share your work every opportunity you get. Sharing your work stretches you and makes you grow in leaps and bounds.
Initially, you might be hesitant or you may react strongly when someone rejects your work or criticizes it negatively. But you know what, you get better at receiving negative feedback, the more you receive it. You learn to take such feedback objectively. You learn to accept rejection and use it as a springboard to pursue greater things. You’ll learn to improve your work based on the feedback of others.
Great companies do this. They allow their products to be poked at, and broken apart and reengineered. They put quality controls in place to ensure they create only the best possible thing they can.
Creatives must also get in the habit of doing the same. Sharing your work with others has many benefits. It is the way to get feedback to help you continuously improve and also find what people like about your work.
If you’ve been on the fence about whether to show your work or not. I hope this encourages you. Don’t forget to sign up to get a notification when enrollment opens for my Stitched Drawing course.
What are some of the obstacles you’ve faced in trying to show your work? Share the wins you’ve made as a result of sharing/showing your work.
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