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reefundine
« on: December 05, 2006 06:34:42 PM »

I don't know why, but all my crafting turns out badly. I love crafting...but the finished product is never right, or I have to stop in the middle because I messed it up to bad. It's so discouraging.

Maybe because I've never been shown how to do anything, besides what I've seen online? I don't know.

Just right now I was trying out my first stencil (was trying to stencil Trogdor on a shirt for my boyfriend) and I was cutting out the stencil, and I guess I don't know where to place the islands, because the finished cut out just turned into a blobby mess.

The other day I was trying to crochet these birds http://www.marloscrochetcorner.com/birds.html and I was almost at the end and it looked nothing like a bird. I've been crocheting for a couple of years, but I don't think I do it right since only a few of my projects turn out.

I know crafting takes practice, but it's so dissapointing when project after project don't turn out.

Sorry just needed to vent a bit  Undecided
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2006 12:08:14 PM »

i totally feel your pain!!!! when it comes to crocheting and stuff, i have a similar problem - but i have recently found that it was because in my excitement to make something, i don't always (okay, EVER) take time to check gauge, or even ensure i used to the proper sized needles/hooks or proper weight wool. so i too have plenty of "well that was supposed to be" projects.
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IamSusie
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2006 12:14:51 PM »

Hang in there... The first time I try a new thing, I just think of it as a prototype. 

Everyone pulls apart projects or leaves them totally unfinished when they don't seem to be going well.  Just today I think I ruined an embroidery project by"enhancing" it with fabric crayons.   Alas...
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2006 12:32:47 PM »

everyone messes something up. don't be discouraged. think of them as sentimental favorites. i have a whole bunch of first time projects that i use every day- sometimes i use and like them more than when they come out correctly.

as for the stencil- sometimes working with stencils is best approached like wading into the ocean. start out with a large block sort of shape, on a pillow case, or a canvas carryall. then if it doesn't quite work, who cares? it's still useful!

stencils can be a bit of a how to say- touchy feely sort of craft- the finished product depends on your stencil, the brush, your pressure, the paint you use, even the item receiving the stencil- i.e. a linen napkin vs. a sheet of paper.

i saw this on that show creative juice on diy network the other day. from the look of it it would totally work. that butcher paper is pretty readily available. 
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/cr_candles/article/0,2025,DIY_13748_5123148_03,00.html

don't be discouraged, just give the project a go again!
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2006 01:13:34 PM »

I can totally relate.  As a self-taught crocheter and knitter, I can't begin to tell you how many projects I enthusiastically started only to give up halfway because I just couldn't figure it out.

I guess the best way to look at it is that even if you don't have a perfectly finished product, you've probably got a humourous story to go with it.  The worst disasters always make for the best stories, IMO.

Also, baby steps are a good start.  Start with a stencil that's only one cut-out shape, and once you've mastered that, move on to the more complex ones.  Crochet simple granny squares (ones that use chain and sc or dc all around, nothing else) or anything else that's crocheted primarily with one stitch, and then begin working your way up to more complicated patterns.

It's easy to get carried away seeing the wonderful stuff people post of Craftster sometimes, I know.  You'll get there if you have patience to take it slow and keep learning each time something doesn't turn out quite right.
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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2006 01:15:52 PM »

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It's easy to get carried away seeing the wonderful stuff people post of Craftster

Yeah--- I only post pics of the stuff I have that works out and I really like. 
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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2006 03:07:16 PM »

Oh do I know what you mean! Though for me it's more of a crafting "funk" I seem to be going through at the moment. I have been trying to do things the last couple of weeks, and things (even stuff I've done before and am normally good at) just don't want to work out! Highly frustrating, not to mention annoying. Especially now, because I've got several swaps going, and Christmas gifts to finish! Eep!
So yeah, totally feeling your pain. Don't give up though. Take a step back, do something else, then come back to it again later
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"just keep crafting, just keep crafting"

Sorry I've been gone so long. Am trying to get back on the boards. Body's thrown me for a few loops these past months and am still learning to adjust. Thanks for your patience.
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