Morning, ladies and gents! Now you’ll be getting the post I meant to write the past two days and, well, kind of sort of didn’t. I guess you can say that other topics demanded my attention and pushed this one out of the way. Or, more simply, I am very distractable. Hey, look, bunny!
Hmmmm. Tea. I think I need another cuppa.
Focus, Tahlia, focus.
I believe that I may have mentioned in a previous post, but one of the hallmarks of my patterns has become the tutorial videos. They are only available to people who have purchased the pattern and they provide tips on various different aspects of the pattern.
First, you start with a typical introduction shot:
Then I say a little piece about the new pattern that just has been released and show you what you’re working toward:
From there, I do a series of videos walking you through the process of piecing your toy together, piecing together my tutorial toy together live on camera.
I have been known to accidentally smack my camera (which is attached to a harness I wear) with my hand, but that’s just because I’m still getting used to it. Trust me, it’s a lot better than the earlier videos, where I had to figure out how to hang my camera from my clothing so you could still see my hands from my point of view. The worst of the camera-smacking videos get deleted and rerecorded. I watch the videos as I record them, so generally can catch a camera-smacking before the toy is permanently put together.
So if you ever wonder why it takes so long for me to come out with a toy, this is why. Not only do I put together the prototype and write up the pattern, but, prior to testing, I crochet up all the pieces for the tutorial toy and then record tutorials while piecing together the toy. And the process of recording and uploading the tutorial videos can take 4-6 (or more) hours of work. So I need a good block of time put aside for that.
But my toys are kind of unique in certain aspects and the time spent is worth making them a little easier to make. And some things can’t be written and just need to be shown.