Wednesday, December 31, 2014

What I Learned in 2014

OK, this is not a metaphysical post. I actually acquired some new skills in 2014 and have been using them to take my beadwork in new directions.

Skill #1: bead crochet. I took a class earlier this year at Creative Destination, my favorite local bead store. I did not leave the class with anything remotely looking like bead crochet but I practiced and practiced over the next couple weeks and while I am not a master, I definitely completed quite a few projects and love the way it combines fiber and beads.

Skill #2: crochet. My entry into bead crochet led me to explore sites like Ravelry and Etsy for patterns and I was inspired to pick up crochet hooks that belonged to my mother, who was an amazing crochet-er. My projects have been VERY basic - a few bracelets and of course Sashay scarves like the one shown below. All my friends received these Steeler Sashays as part of their Christmas care packages.

Skill #3: Photoshop. I actually started taking classes in Photoshop last year but they extended into this year. Some of you may be thinking. Classes? Why not just use it? Well I have learned many software programs in my years in corporate business but I did not find Photoshop to be intuitive... at least for me. So I bought about a gazillion books and took three online classes and have really enjoyed learning new methods of creating impactful photos. This is a skill I will work on for many years to come.

So that's my round up of new learnings for 2014. For 2015, I'd like to:

  1. Create inventory for my Etsy shop (yes, this is a repeat item!)
  2. Improve my crochet with more complex projects
  3. Learn more about appliqué quilting with beads (just purchased Nancy Eha's book Bead Creative Like Crazy)
  4. Improve my resin skills
  5. Maybe even venture into polymer clay
What skills would you like to develop in 2015?


Amy S. said...

Hi Paula! What a great round up of 2014! In this crazy world that moves so fast, I think it is so smart to keep taking classes and learn more as often as you can! Bravo! I'm jealous of your crochet skills - knitting and crocheting are at the top of my list of things I"d like to learn. I picked up a loom just before xmas and I"m hoping that will get me started. Happy New YEar!

BackstoryBeads said...

I have always loved the look of bead crochet - will look forward to seeing more of your designs this year! Your Turkish crochet has me intrigued. My goals for 2015 include developing a social media strategy and exploring micro macrame - the lure of fiber and beads! Wishing you a creative New Year!

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