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!