- Choose the right pattern.
It’s tempting to try an advanced or intermediate pattern right away when learning a new stitch. After all, it was probably a beautiful, complex pattern that made you want to learn something new in the first place! But the more complicated a pattern is the more likely you are to miss learning the fundamentals of a stitch or get frustrated and give up. Instead stick to the most basic pattern for the stitch that only uses 1-2 colors.
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- Choose the right beads.
Keep your frustration low and success high! Use larger beads so you can see the pattern better and, more importantly, immediately spot any mistakes. Stick to basic shapes or shapes that lend themselves to the type of stitch you’re learning. Delicas are great for peyote stitch, bicones work well with right angle weave, and cubes are ideal for loom work or square stitch. Don’t use a hard to see finish, like metallic or luster. The way these shiny finishes reflect the light can make them difficult to look at for extended periods of time.
- Choose the right time and place.
Get comfortable and well lit. Nothing will go right if you can’t see your project! If your overhead lighting isn’t enough, try getting a portable light source like an Ottlite Lamp. Make sure you have an extended period of time to really focus on just this project. Learning something new takes concentration and focus!
Remember you can always make swatches to practice before you start a project you want to finish!
Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen