It was nearly a year ago that I decided I wanted to try bead weaving. I saw these amazing bracelets by Julie Rofman in the Anthropologie catalog and I was inspired to try it myself. I bought an inexpensive loom from these folks (no joke the beads cost more than the loom!) The loom arrived, I was excited, but until this weekend it sat in a corner.
Looking back now I recognize that the reason it sat for so long is two fold. First and most significantly, I was paralyzed by perfection. I wanted my first attempt to be perfect, spectacular, as awe inspiring as Julie's designs. Yes I know that that is an unreasonable expectation, but like a lot of folks I apply higher expectations to myself than I do of others. The second issue is that like many of you I have to many projects and not enough time!
So I am setting expectations with myself and you upfront. I AM going to make a terrible woven beaded bracelet and I AM going to subject you to photos of it! Together we can have a good laugh (and I will really be laughing, because even though I sometimes set unreasonably high standards for myself I don't usually beat myself up over mistakes) AND I am going to have fun learning something new!