Common Problems Encountered
Sometimes I just wish I was sitting with you as you are beading, telling you if I notice you doing something wrong. Life is not that easy and I know that if the pattern is going wrong things will get very frustrating all because of a tiny mistake or misunderstanding. I do not want you to be frustrated beading my patterns.
Here are some of the most common mistakes that are made:
Not Reading The Pattern
Or maybe you did read it and not understand. In my patterns I give lots of photos and images to guide you, if something is not matching the images, the pattern or the row STOP!
I feel so bad when I have seen beadwork where a mistake was made many rows back and the design does not match the pattern, and hasn't for many many rows. There is nothing that can be done but redo all that work.
I always say in beading if something feels wrong it usually is, so stop and check.
Not Stepping Up At The End Of The Row Correctly
This is something that happens with Round Peyote a lot. In fact I don't know what the heck some of you are doing, I have seen some weird and wonderful things - but they are all related to not stepping up correctly 😊 When you have placed the last bead of a row in round peyote there will be no more gaps to add beads, and the bead in the next gap will be the first bead you added in row (or if the row starts on a gap it will be that gap, but you have read our Peyote Section and you already know how to deal with this). In round peyote you always go into this first bead which "steps you up". If at the end of the row you are not at the first bead, something has gone wrong.
Not Knowing Which Beads You Added on Row
This does improve with practice, I am so used to beading I rarely think about it - but if you are a newbie it pays to be cautious, it will save you hours of frustration. Remember we are only concerned with the previous row, if the bead is not on the previous row ignore it (unless the pattern is telling you differently).
If you are unsure which bead is which on the row, before you add the next row just take another look at the row you have just beaded and compare it to the pattern. Make sure you can identify each bead you have just added against the pattern. If you are still unsure then loosen the thread and give the beads a little wiggle, if it is on the current row there will be a little bit of give. Don't proceed until you are sure!!
Using Foibles From Other Designers
All designers are different, we all have different ways of doing things, even thinking about things. For you, the user it can be frustrating so in advance I will apologise, sorry!
In ThreadABead patterns I never assume knowledge, if I am not telling you to do something DON'T do it! The amount of times I have had ladies doing things my pattern is not telling them to do, because they are used to doing it elsewhere. Think of it as a style of Simon says, if Lynsey doesn't say, don't do it!
Not Familiar With Our Instruction Style
The fact that all designers work and create patterns in different ways I think can be an advantage, just look at all the different forms of beading and designs there are out there. If we were all working in the same regimented way it is possible that we wouldn't discover new ways of doing things.
In fact some designs may not be possible to be written up in one way, designers sometimes have to get creative in explaining a process you know 😊
In my defence, over the years I have tried to create the simplest detailed instructions that I can to the best of my ability. I fully acknowledge that patterns from over a decade ago are not as nicely written up as my patterns today, and my style has changed. I have also improved, learning many new skills over the years, not to mention the software that is now available. Experience has also shown me how to explain things in the best way I can - the less questions I get the better and I am pleased to say I don't get many questions on my patterns. Not that I mind answering questions!
As a result of me following my path to be the best designer I can, creating the best instructions I can, I have developed a unique, innovative style. Some beaders absolutely love this style and tell me so. Actually as a beader myself I am quite a fan of following this style of instruction too (not writing it!). However to a seasoned beader not used to me, it can sometimes flummox them. I always think its advisable to read through a pattern before you start beading to get a feel for what you will be beading first, but then give it a try! I had one lady who was quite cross with me and my instructions, but I answered her concerns and encouraged her to give them a go .... and you know what... she emailed me to say how much she loved them afterwards. Sometimes change can initially seem quite scary but actually isn't.