Sunday, January 24, 2010
Like myself, for example. My friend kindly started me off with the loan of a frame and a lesson, Beading 101. The first lesson I learnt was how to start sewing the beads on, as she started me off with a practice row. Then things got serious. We selected a pattern - a single large flower, identified the beads and then tried to find a suitable shoe template. Here, problems arose. Carefully estimating how big the pattern would be on the shoe, she told me that the open-toed shoe I was planning on was too narrow to support the pattern. We had to try again, and this time I selected a simple repetitive pattern - a "Cloud Forest" which would stretch across the shoe. She then carefully traced the outline of the shoe template onto the canvas on the top of the beading frame, and started off on the first row for me. Then, she felt that the thread we were using was a little too thick for the needle, unpicked the beads she had just sewn on, and started again, observing sagely that if she was having problems, it was likely that I too would have difficulties with the needle.
Reflecting on her efforts, I realised that the truly important lesson was the importance of planning - she had really taken the time and effort to visualise the end product, and also to make sure that the technical aspects of the beading process were carefully attended to. With her clarity on the desired end state, and meticulous checking of implementation details, she prevented my kasut manek project from being doomed to failure before I had even started.