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Reader responses: my best piece of advice

We've got the #1, hands down, most amazing and generous readers here at Beading Arts!  I asked for your best piece of advice, and you responded with some great thoughts!  Thank you all.
Saturday Sequins said...
My answer is also related to bead embroidery, and it's a lot like yours: take your time!

The neater your stitches are, the nicer they look -- and also, the sturdier! The slower you go, especially at first, the more likely you are to make tidy little stitches and keep your spacing right.

My other advice is to play and experiment. A lot. :)

Anonymous Pat Gray said...
Copy the masters - find a piece you like and try to recreate at least a part of it. This used to be the method used to study art, and I've found it's a great way to learn or improve my skills, or to just get out of a rut.

By the way, I am NOT advocating the theft of the designs of others and/or representing them as your own. When you're done, rip the pieces apart and build something original using the same technique/colors or tuck them away for future reference instead.


Blogger MiddleEarthsJewels said...
Hello.. just would like to thank you all for these bits of advice..I am starting my first beaded project tomorrow after receiving a 'gift box' full of supplies from a very kind accomplished bead embroiderer, and they certainly help!

May I add my bit of advice? Don't be afraid to do what you really like or 'feel' is wonderful. It took me years to get the courage! Do not to be too influenced by what is the 'rage', what sells the best, or in is fashion. Your own 'niche' will make for the best art.


Blogger Jeanne aka Gem Chick said...
I agree with MiddleEarth's Jewels comment to do what you love.

I would like to add that if you are working with wire do practice first with inexpensive craft wire before moving on to sterling or gold.


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Bobbie said…
I'd like to add one more -- if you're going to invest the time, do it right. Pay attention to your finishes. If you're using fabulous art beads or spending hours weaving an intricate seed bead piece, don't stick on a cheap mass-produced clasp. Respect your work, and it'll show!
Sarah Sequins said…
Some really awesome advice here! Thanks for including me. :)
Cyndi L said…
Bobbie, yes! Something that I often did when I first got started, thanks for the reminder!

Sarah, thanks for sharing it!