Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Time To Stitch... Two!

Time To Stitch... Two!

(Hosted by Therese and Christine.)

When I signed up for the second A Time To Stitch challenge, I had this idea that I'd make something elaborate and crazy like I did for the previous challenge.

Sure, I'd never successfully tackled Right Angle Weave (RAW) before. I was even a little bit afraid of it, the way I'm afraid of every stitch that isn't peyote. But I figured I could push past the fear. Especially when I took a look at the fantastic instructions by Karen Williams. She has such a knack for explaining and demonstrating beadwork! It's like a superpower.

So I sat down with my beads and my thread and the instructions on my computer screen. At the end of my beading session, I had mixed feelings. On one hand, this was the first time I'd gotten past the first row of RAW. On the other hand, I couldn't get much further than that without my eyes crossing. So much for a big, crazy project!

What I have is this itty bitty swatch. It may not be what I envisioned, but what I've come to realize is that it's something -- which is way better than nothing at all.



This challenge was a lesson to me that when we're starting out, whether it's with RAW, learning a foreign language, or learning to juggle dancing flamingos, even the smallest steps we take are significant.

The important thing isn't to be an instant success at something, but to get as far as we can on that first try and appreciate the result for what it is. Maybe not a masterpiece, but a step in the right direction. And if we keep working and learning, and if we have the right teachers (like Karen), we can make a lot of little steps that will eventually add up to amazing progress.

After all, that's how it worked for me with peyote stitch. My first few projects were painful, and there was a lot of trial and error (and error... and more error) involved. But now it feels easy and comfortable. Maybe with enough practice, I'll feel the same way about RAW.

Thanks to Therese and Christine for this challenge! And thanks to you for reading, commenting, and of course, checking out the other participants. I can't wait to see what they made!


Sarah Sequins <--- here's me!

 

And of course, have a sequintastic day!


24 comments:

  1. I can definitely say AMEN to that! I had a 'hate/hate' relationship with RAW for several years, and was convinced that anything someone could make in RAW, I could do better in peyote! My lightbulb finally clicked when I made Nancy Dale's 'Trellis' rope for Beading Babes. Then I watched Heather Collin's video for CRAW, and it was so seriously easy for me to grasp, I kept insisting to myself that it wasn't 'really' RAW!! :) You've got a great start, so keep on with it, cause now I can honestly say I love CRAW as much as peyote.

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  2. Good for you!!! I'm glad you gave it a try. I felt like for YEARS I couldn't 'get' RAW, but once it clicked with me, I have grown to truly love it!
    Looks like you are on your way!

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  3. Yeah Sarah! I think this is how I felt about sequins :) ha! But I might just have to try sequins again - you make it look so beautiful!!! I never thought of using them that way. Good for you giving this stitch a go

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  4. Great Post and great work on tackling this head on! I agree with you 100%.

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  5. Good for you. The RAW looks perfect once you get your mind around how the beads fit in you will be making all sorts of things using RAW
    Have a great day
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  6. Hi Sarah,
    Thank you for joining in on mine and Christine's challenge. I am so glad that you gave it a try and that you posted about your attempted at RAW. Just keep on with those baby steps and it will all click into place and there will be no stopping you then. I hope that you join in on the next ATTS challenge.
    Therese

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  7. Sarah, I am thrilled that you posted this! RAW is hard. Really hard. Karen's tutorial was the only one that clicked with me too. Your swatch is a great start and it looks pretty good with the tension. You met the challenge and did just what we asked...you tried hard. With a swatch of success :-) Thank you so much for signing up for this hop! I hope you are at the next one too...any suggestions?

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  8. What a great start! It takes some practice to get the hang of RAW and it is so hard to tell the stitches apart with the first few rows. You have a great base though .. and a reminder that you can do it. :)

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  9. Sarah, I hope RAW isn't too painful for you and that you keep going, you are off to a BEAUTIFUL start!!!

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  10. Sarah, you should see all my starts and throw aways!! My husband knew not to ask when my hand would fly towards his face in the car(undoing once again)...sometimes I just chucked it in and started again!! I sort of had to come up with a rhythm and that helped me....

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  11. I think you have done very well Sarah, it looks incredibly fiddly! Things always improve with practice and I am sure you will get to where you want to be with this technique in time. :0)

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  12. Bravo, Sarah, for tackling RAW. Your attitude towards it is great and I'm sure you'll go back to it and finish the piece. It's a great start!
    I love you're Halloween banner!

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  13. I love your honesty Sarah~ I used to love beadweaving... like really love... as in everything I made had to contain Russian Spiral in it somewhere. And as time went by and I learned new things my tastes change. I had to do 3 russian spiral bracelets for the bridesmaids for my sisters wedding... And Boy oh Boy! Did it take every ounce of oomph to get it done! I had so many other things wanting me to come play. I hope you continue this piece because I'd love to follow it's journey!

    {Hugs!}
    Dawn

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  14. Good for you for tackling the dreaded RAW -- we all have those stitches that are like big, bad bogie men, but I know you'll conquer this one. But I really want to see the video when you learn to juggle dancing flamingos (which I first read as "flaming flamingos" -- much more alarming than what you actually wrote!)

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  15. It is wonderful to learn new things even if they are daunting and difficult at first. Peyote was one of those I that was afraid of for a long time, and it was difficult for me to see also. Good start.
    Sonya

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  16. Hi Sarah! Thanks for this wonderful post and sharing the steps involved in moving out of one's own comfort zone ;)

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  17. Woo Hoo! It does get easier from here! You are so right that often a step in the right direction is more than enough. I've had to remind myself of that several times recently.

    And right angle weave combines so well with so many other stitches, including peyote stitch. It also works wonderfully as a base for additional stitching.

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  18. You did an awesome job!! RAW is confusing when you first start, but once it clicks, it sticks with you forever! I really find it relaxing to do and is probably my favorite stitch! I haven't seen your blog in so long, I see a lot of yummies I must come back and see! Hugs!

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  19. I love the honesty in your post because I feel the same way. I want to succeed but in order to get better I have had to do a lot of learning and throwing things in the corner. We all have our comfort area and thank goodness we aren't all great at the same things! You did great so just keep doing what you love to do.

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  20. This is such a beautiful post - thank you for sharing your experience! I hope you finish the piece, the elegance of the contrasting colours is breathtaking!

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  21. Don't really know what RAw is but your post about lewrning bits at a time reallyresonates with me. Things click and the suddenly whole new doorways of creativity open up. Love your swatch and all of you that went into it. xox

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  22. I'm so glad you didn't stop...the learning experience can be painful at times but so rewarding when we finally get it. We must remember that everything we ever learned had to begin with the first step and build from there. We didn't learn to walk or talk immediately. It takes time but pretty soon it's like second nature to us. Keep on learning new things!

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  23. Ok you got the hang of it, now make something really small and simple. Zip your piece together and make a tube for a focal. I am glad you went out of your comfort zone, RAW will get easier as you work with it more.

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  24. Great post ... and your swatch is beautiful! I have lots of little swatches for designs, stitches and color combos I've tried, and I love having them around. Who knows when the contents of a swatch will be exactly what you are looking for! =)

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