Sara Hardin

5 Tips for a Winning Make-It-Take-It

9:00 AM

One of the best parts of my job is teaching others how to use our products. I've had to design and teach a few Make-It-Take-Its over the years. I've certainly picked up a few tips along the way.

1. Consider your audience. Will you be teaching beginners, a mixed batch of people or more advanced designers and trade people. Design the MITI for their skill level.

2. Keep it simple. Most people want to learn something but have it be quick and easy to learn. Unless working with more advanced folks, try to keep the MITI to one or two techniques.

3. Not too small. A lot of people don't have good eye sight and forget their glasses or just have a tricky time working with extremely small parts and pieces. Try to design using bigger crimps and crimping pliers, or larger beads so that everyone can participate and be successful.

4. Give color options. Although the design can be exactly the same, offering color options means that people can have more of a voice in what they are making. It is nice to see different variations.

5. Be flexible. Some people will want to take the parts and pieces that you offer and create something slightly different than what you are teaching. It's fine! What is important is that they are learning the technique and using the products. Creativity is a good thing!

I will be teaching some variation of the MITI shown above at two locations in the next month. 

Double Joy Beads
Saturday 10-8-11 12pm-3pm (or until I run out of kits)
7131 E Mercer Ln - Scottsdale, AZ 85254 - (480) 998-4495

John Bead
Wednesday 10-12-11 & Thursday 10-13-11 (hours tbd) - 20 Bertrand Avenue - Toronto, ON Canada M1L 2P4 - (888)755-9055

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2 fabulous thoughts ...

  1. Your tips make so much sense and are very easy to implement; experience often does seem to be the best teacher...thanks for sharing!


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