How macrame can easily make you fall in love with the knots knows best one of our latest teachers. Silvia is a macrame teacher and on a journey of showing the most wonderful macrame magic.
Before she opened up for a world of macrame knots she was a Civil engineer master only to discover that she has another call to pursue. In addition, she became a proper macrame teacher with an array of easy to follow video lessons. This is her story.
Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into creating macrame pieces?
Hello everyone. My name is Silvia. Nice to meet you all. For society, I am a Civil engineer master, but for me, I may best describe myself as a ridiculously passionate dreamer and macrame addict. My first memories of me making macrame pieces are maybe when I was 9 or 10 years old when I started to make friendship bracelets. I was so caught from it, that I remember I was spending every free minute making knots.
What inspired you to become an online macrame teacher?
About 4 years from now I was put in a situation where I had to choose whether to continue with my old way of life or turn my back on everything in an attempt to seek my true happiness. So I took a risk, but I found myself in a place where I couldn’t find a job quickly. And the idea of why not make my hobby my job came to my mind.
What do you remember about recording your first video? Are there any interesting stories about getting your first students?
It was terrible. It was a photo collage video tutorial for YouTube because I was too ashamed to be shown off or to speak in front of a camera. This way I made 2 videos but I didn’t have any success with them, so I had no choice but to start making real videos and again was a disaster. But slowly with time, I understood what will work best for me, and until this day I am continuously learning how to provide the best possible content.
How do you come up with ideas for your macrame classes? Is learners’ feedback valuable for generating new ideas?
In the start, there were only my ideas but with time I started to have very supportive subscribers, who were giving me new ideas, showing me pictures of projects, asking me if I may make tutorials of particular projects. When I have this kind of tutorial I never copy a piece. Always try to develop it and change it, I try to put my own soul in it. And I truly believe that my students do the same. Every piece is unique, because the person, who is making it, is unique.
What is your advice for other teachers who would like to start teaching online?
If you can imagine it you can achieve it! I am sure of it! For sure there is a lot of work behind and a lot of commitment, but I truly believe that there is nothing impossible on Earth. So, really, if you want to do it, today is the best day. Do not be driven by fear and prejudice, simply go for it. Even if you make one little step, by doing it you will be proud of yourself and this is the most important thing.
What is one thing you learned from your students?
Patience. Everyone has his own speed of learning and gathering knowledge. So I respect it and put efforts to explain as many times as necessary.
What is one thing you would like to teach your students?
Patience again. Everyone has his own speed of learning and gathering knowledge as I said. So if you can’t do it from the first attempt, don’t give up but patiently repeat. The truth is that with every attempt you are getting better.
What do you like about the InfoDepot platform, and why did you choose it for your video classes?
It’s a really user-friendly platform. It is accessible to everyone. It’s really a place for sharing knowledge where everyone can teach and learn at the same time. This community concept is very valuable for me and I am so happy I have the opportunity to be part of it. Thank you for giving me the chance.