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