K Tips: ♥ Tips for starting a crafting hobby

6 Feb
You start creating a birthday card for your friend but it gets all messy, or you start making a new bead necklace but you stop half way through?

Here are some tips to take into consideration next time you start a small, or big, scale project:

~ Don’t do things in haste; for instance when you glue paper or fabric to another surfice, do it with a lot of concentration and care, and you’ll get results that you will like.

~ Crafting is a personality-changing experience. You learn patience a crafted-object at a time, which means, you may loose interest, or get impatient at the beginning, but if you stick to the project and continue your efforts, your temper will change, and you will start acquiring new skills, until the day comes and you are considered to be skilled, or skillful :-)

~ Plan ahead but also leave some space for spontaneity. You really need to have at least a general idea of what you want to make, if it involves some cut-and-paste, decide on the general outline before you actually start cutting and pasting. For sewing projects, you need specific dimensions and a lot of precision, the same goes for other different types of more elaborate crafts, skill-wise.

~ It’s OK to make something ugly the first time you start crafting. It’s also OK to have a “crafter’s block” when you are half way through. It’s OK to get results you don’t like, and it’s OK to feel annoyed with it. BUT all of this is only part of your crafting journey. GREAT SATISFACTION AWAITS YOU once your skills become more honed and your “vision” for what you want to make is clear.

~ Sleep on it. You don’t have to finish the project you are working on in one go. In fact, it’s often very useful to put it away for a day or two ~ and to come back to it with a fresh eye. This will give you a better perspective on where to go next, what to fix, what to leave as is, and to really evaluate your piece.

… And the most important tip is…

:: Love what you do :-)

♥ ♥ ♥

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