We certainly are having a heat wave! My studio Fritz is the warmest room in my home. This is where my longarm sitdown Bernina Q20 and my computer setup lives. I also have Studio Gibbs, where I store my fabrics and where my Bernina 880 Plus lives, and there is little Studio Betsy, where my little Bernina 350 and my old Baby Lock Serger lives in one part of my bedroom. These rooms are all on the top floor of my home. It’s over 100 outside, supposedly it feels like 117 here in Ashburn, Virginia, right now and is very humid. Our AC is good, but is struggling to keep up for the upper floor.
So I am working down in my main level on my laptop writing this blog and doing some planning for some videos for YouTube I hope to make. I finally have gathered all the cameras, software, and so forth I need for that and am currently getting it all setup and figuring out how to run it all.
- I now have three cameras and several tripods and clamp-on holders.
- My son Ken gave me two of the cameras and a gadget he made with a remote that attaches to the wall so I can focus one camera over my island where I cut, do some paint/dying, and can even set up some ironing. That will allow me to show a lot of things flat from above. I still have to install that on the wall, but that should be easy and I will probably get that done tomorrow.
- I will be able to use two cameras surrounding wherever I am working, which is always a great help when you are trying to show techniques involving sewing.
- I have a nice video editor from Corel that I have been studying how to use and trying to set up some templates for the videos. This allows me to use multiple cameras in a single video.
- I also now have a webcam, a clip on microphone, and even some stuff I haven’t yet figured out that Ken gave me. hahahaha I think some of it assembles into a device that I can hang a background or a green screen on.
I guess when you ask a tech-oriented family to help you get setup for videos, they think well beyond your own simple thoughts into a reasonably professional production set for the self producer. LOL. I may need some help doing some of the videos, but I think I will be able to do most of them alone once all is set up. I’m hoping to get this all done this week, but we’ll see.
It is a great blessing, and I am thrilled, but it is taking me some time to figure it all out. I figure I need to do some plans…not really a script but maybe some talking point and gather the pieces for the projects and other videos I will be showing. I’ve been planning this for several years and am finally getting it all put together.
So in the late afternoons when it is too hot upstairs I will work on scripts or guides or whatever they should be called.
That’s probably more than you ever wanted to know about my production setup, but at least I have it all recorded so I can possibly figure out what I’m doing…hahaha.
My plan is to produce videos, books, and downloadables for intermediate to somewhat advanced people interested in advancing their fabric art/quilted art. After doing some research there appears to be a plethora of these informative things for beginners, but a bit of a gap for the intermediate and above people.
I will be presenting what I have learned over the past sixty years of sewing and sixteen years of quilting (overlapping), while acknowledging there are many ways of doing things but these are the techniques I like. I feel compelled to share this before I age out to the point I can’t. Some of it will be free, and some will be for sale at reasonable prices. I hope to get this fully launched at least by September, and there will probably be a few videos within a few weeks.
These are the main categories I am planning on addressing:
- Working with a sitdown longarm…quilting, free motion thread work, couching, and a few specifics for the Bernina Q20.
- Using high end sewing machines with all those wonderful things they open up to the fabric artist, going beyond the obvious.
- What you can do in-the-hoop embroidery and more on the Bernina software V8 to go along with my book I already have published.
- Projects that use multi media techniques and/or take advantage of a studio that has both a high-end 9 mm sewing machine and a sit down longarm and even occassionally includes a little 5 mm sewing machine.
- I am hoping to develop workbooks, project books, and patterns for sale to go with some of this. I’ve been working on these this past year but I still have a ways to go,
So there you are. I will not be teaching out of my home for some time, so I thought it was really time to push forward with this plan that has been in my thoughts for years.
Sew happy everyone! Let me know if you have a particular technique or some such you wish you could learn more about. Maybe I can work it in. Stay happy everyone…go do some sewing or drawing or reading or watching of videos or just chilling. Cheers.