My friend suggested and tagged me in her response, so from this point, I joined as well.
I gave her a discount coupon for my Crochet Basics course, but she immediately replied, why to spend money, if she can find this information for free?
Fair point. And it made me think.
On one hand, I assume, she knows already how to crochet, was only looking for particularly the granny square - which I have as well on my youtube channel for free, so no need to invest in a course.
I started to think about, what extra am I giving, which makes it worth to pay for my tutorials?
Furthermore a great collection of all the needed skill, is really hard to find.
I try to design my courses in a way, they include some special tricks and skills, which also took me years to discover and master.
FSC - Foundation Single Crochet technique for example I only learned some years ago, and I find it really useful!
I will soon release the Floral Wreath course on Udemy, where I collected 6 items - each of them took me a while to find, how to make, and none of them can be figured out easily, just by looking at them. They are very special crochet items - not a surprise, half of the items are coming from irish lace crochet, which technique is fascinating me.
I mean these little - but crucial details. I believe, these articles are made by non-crocheters, they have never made this item, found the nice picture, looked good, asked someone to make a description, and that is it.
I have a book, with lots of basic techniques described, from England. All the items has a diagram, they explain the pattern with abridgments and with the diagram also. I look at the diagram, I try to make it following the instructions, and it looks not nice. I try to do it again and again, finally I come up with a better solution. Because how to go to the next round, can be solved in many ways, (talking about patterns here) but it is matter, actually HOW you are going to do it!
So I keep on doing it, until I find the best solution.
And I provide these knowledge to my students. Everything I teach is tried and tested.
There is a reason why they emphasize in the cooking recipe books or sites, that these recipes are all tested and cooked.
A proficient chef can figure out a meal in their head, like I can come up with new patterns easy. But when I actually do them, turns out, that what I imagined, doesn't work 100% the way I thought it would. And that little matters a lot!
So that is why. I put extra - hard to find patterns and techniques, most of the people never heard of, and I do actually try and test them, and provide a simple demonstration, with the most complicated thing can be done easily.
And my courses are really fairly cheap ;)
Spring is coming, time to make some fresh beauty into the room!