Daily Prompt: Practice Makes Perfect?

Daily Prompt: Practice Makes Perfect?
by michelle w. on September 22, 2013

Tell us about a talent you’d love to have… but don’t.
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A talent I would love to have is to sew, knit, crochet, etc… In general, to be able to make things. I can cross-stitch a simple pattern and love to embroidery, but to really sew; no talent there.
My ex-mother-in-law could make anything. She could go shopping and look at things she liked, go home, make a pattern, then proceed to make the piece of clothing, etc… She did a lot of quilting and was beginning to teach me to cut patterns and piece them together, but I never did learn to put on the backing.
My mom and both of my grandmother’s sewed a little; none of them were great sewer’s, but the gene just totally skipped me. Instead, I got the impatience gene. If something didn’t turn out right the first time, forget it. I was not going to do it again.
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  1. I know how you feel. I had always wanted to learn how to crochet, as my mom was a whiz at that but she could never teach me. Eventually, when I was pregnant with my first child I had some free time and decided this was the time to learn. I got some “how-to” books from Michael’s (the craft store) and bought some supplies and started learning on my own. I can only do doilies – which no one uses anymore! – but at least I finally unraveled the mystery that has always eluded me! I would heartily suggest that store. A couple years ago I learned to knit the same way. I can only knit scarves, though. Last year I thought I’d try a baby sweater – the supplies and unfinished materials are still in the bag in my closet 🙂 Too soon? 🙂 Now you can learn using YouTube. I wish you the best of luck!

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  2. I had to laugh as I read your post. My post today mentions sewing. I do sew, but that is a skill that can be learned. I always tell people that the first thing you must do is tell yourself you will never, ever wear the first 5 things you make. They are practice. As for quilts… I’ve yet to attempt one. That was definitely throwing you into the deep end. Try a skirt… One with some fullness (you’ll learn gathering) and a zipper (that requires a pot of coffee and no interruptions, but gets easier).

    I learned to knit from watching videos on YouTube. I’m amazed at the things you can learn online!

    You can do amazing things!

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