Fun and practice with YouTube

My husband reminded me we can watch YouTube videos on our Roku. It was weird and fun to see myself on the TV!

I’m still working on those knotting shuttle videos.  In the meantime, I created a YouTube account, and my husband and I are trying to get used to our video editing software.  I’m also still trying to figure out the format we’ll use for my videos.  Since I’m not sure how much I will actually do with videos, I want to have a little fun with them.

We decided to play with some of the footage we took at the garden during the recent photo shoot. It was fun to play with options for a quick video, not to mention, have my first video of my first 18th century costume!

This video does show me using a knotting shuttle at the end, but it’s not instructional. Those videos will be posted later when we’re finished with them.  I hope the quality is correct.  Since I’m still learning, it’s hard to remember every little thing.  The quality on the iPhone was good, and the Roku/TV version was in HD like it is supposed to be.  What I’ve seen on my computer seems to be lower quality, but that could just be that I need to clear the memory.

The knotting shuttle videos also won’t show me in costume. I wanted the focus to be on my hands and the knotting shuttle itself.  Yet another reason to have a little fun with the first video posted below.

I mentioned that on the day of the photo/video shoot, it was so hot and the videos were taken at the end of the outing. I had sweat pouring off me (it was early in the morning, but Texas has been having very hot weather for a while), and it made it difficult to knot with ease. The thread kept sticking to my fingers, and it was one of the bigger knots that involve capturing several knots in a row.  I also discovered another reason to make my fingerless mitts bigger (the fabric had less give on the bias than I expected, so the pattern turned out tighter on my hands and wrists than I wanted) — my hands stuck to them and it was difficult to take the mitts off!

It was still fun, and it was also a blast to finally have my first video.  Thanks to my husband for making the bulk of it. I definitely had to use it, especially when I realized that I actually don’t have any video of me — costumed or not!  I think it’s time to change that, even if it’s just for our own personal memories.

Let me know if you’re on YouTube as well! I’ve been adding friends and people I know from various place online.  If I can’t tell who someone is, especially if they don’t seem to be into the same things, I may not add them back. I definitely would love to follow other costumers, as well as people who are into the same interests as me.  Best wishes!


About Cynthia Griffith

I have way too many interests and hobbies, and continually cycle through them -- paying attention to some, while others wait for when I can get around to them again. My main interests are sewing and costuming (I enjoy historical clothing, such as 18th and 19th century, as well as fantasy costumes like elves and hopefully someday even dwarves), as well as getting back to art by drawing fan art of Thorin Oakenshield and Company. My husband Christopher and I spend a lot of time together, enjoying the outdoors and shared hobbies such as juggling. This blog and website is my way to share what I'm up to with friends and family.
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4 Responses to Fun and practice with YouTube

  1. I’m glad we got out to the park early that morning. It was hot for me in shorts and a t-shirt; I can’t imagine what it was like in all those layers! But it was a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing what you make next and shooting more video…in COOLER weather! 😉

  2. Oh no kidding! Not only did we have perfect light (especially in front of those flowers!), but I just can’t imagine how quickly I would have been melting if we’d waited. I’m definitely looking forward to cooler weather and more costumes. Also looking forward to fun photo and video shoots with the others (you included, if I ever finally get around to making your costumes!)

  3. Diane says:

    The video is lovely, and I love seeing the way the dress moves when you walk. You look so sweet and nostalgic (if that’s the right word) with your knotting and your hat obscuring your face. I have a youtube account under unaspenser with a few very amateur scottish dance videos that need to be remade. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

  4. Thanks so much Diane! It is neat to see historical clothing in motion, so I’m hoping to get more videos of other things I make 😀 And I’m very happy to find you on YouTube! I thought you had an account, but I couldn’t remember what it was. It can be so hard to find each other with the way we’re all spread across different social networks — links get buried. My memory is awful, too… I’m sure there are a lot of people and video likes/favorites I’ve wanted to add for a while. I hope I find them all!

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