I first found DeviantART a while ago when I was in elementary school. I didn't have a lot of
friends, but did enjoy the Legend of Zelda series. I was looking for some pictures of it through Google, and sort of accidentally found this site. I kept finding good art on it, and signed up shortly after I got a computer of my own.
At first I was convinced that I could draw, or do something with visual art, but I'm not all that good at it, and eventually I smartened up and figured out that I am much better at working with my hands, specifically with fine detail work and projects that can take patience to see through to the end.
At first I could only really make these lizards. I still do enjoy making them and they are a point of personal pride as they are my own design (and took several epic failures before they started looking good) and they improved overtime. They reminded me of road kill at first, and the arms or loop would break and it would fall apart. Knot that and add clear nail polish. Go back through it to give it stability and knot the tail. I still make a lot of them and they get sold through a store I used to work at. Some of them have semi precious beads in them as well.
I also knew how to use a bead loom, and my hand got steadier after practice. I only knew how to make simple designs at first, and eventually I started to figure out the importance of having the right colours for the job, even if that meant waiting to start and saving some funds to get the right colours, but it's always been worth it in the end.
From there I eventually got some courage to try out some new things and ways of working with beads. There was a lot of trial and error. I knew about peyote, or brick stitch, and gave that a try with mixed results at first. There were a lot that looked bad; I didn't have a steady hand and my beads aren't always the same size (they're all size 10, but some are bigger and some are smaller).
Soon I wanted to start figuring out my own patterns, so I started turning things on their side to see how they would turn out. Some were great to work with, some not so much.
Eventually I wanted to keep things more true to how they were originally designed, and that involved figuring out a new stitch, which I think is called square stitch. I'm really not sure, and the tutorials I saw online weren't the most helpful (I was likely looking in the wrong places) and went back to the drawing board. I figured out those too, so I'm almost entirely self taught and will keep trying something until I figure it out, and some have been looking stellar and wonderful.
If I had known that just flying mostly by the seat of my pants would feel so good I would have gotten into it a lot sooner.
I also dabble in some writing and cross stitch on the side, but what I really enjoy and look forward to working with are the seed beads, and some yarn that I am getting back into.
That is the main part of my crafting journey. I have met some truly fantastic people through this site and I always appreciate the messages and the critiques and ideas shared. This has helped me get through some really tough times in my life, and I can't really imagine what it would look like without some of the interactions from here. I know that sometimes I can't make it on for a while, but it almost feels like coming back to an old friend you haven't seen in a while.
Here's to the future, and to all the wonderful encounters and memories yet to come!