Barney, Norm and I would love more questions! Please send more! You can even add them anonymously! And your questions need not be about beads!
Here is this week's question:
When you make a mistake, do you go back to fix it, or just continue working?
Me?? Make mistakes?? Nah…NEVER!!
HA!! Just kidding! Yes, I make mistakes, lots of them. And all sorts of mistakes. I hate it when I discover a mistake 5 rows back on a project. Or after I tie on a new thread and finish off the old one.
Whether or not I rip out the beadwork to the spot where my mistake occurred is dependent on the type of mistake I made. If it is one that only I will know about, I will leave it and continue one. Who will know that I should have used a yellow bead instead of orange in a multi colored background? But if it will be really noticeable to someone who is not intimately familiar with the pattern and it sticks out like a sore thumb (such as a black bead in a field of white), I will rip out the beadwork.
I am sure there are many “Mistakes” that I have made in my work that I don’t even know about. I don’t sweat the small stuff. Some of my mistakes have even lead to a new way of creating something. I love it when that happens!
I think a lot of people worry too much about beading “perfectly” to the point that it takes away some of the pleasure of beading.
If you do make a “mistake” and choose to leave it there, do not point it out to everyone!! Your piece is still beautiful, and more likely than not, most people would never notice it. Why point out the little error when you should be pointing what is wonderful about your piece. By chance if they do discover that little boo-boo on their own, then charge them rent, since they have been lingering too long anyways.
Norm the Gnome in the Know’s Comment
Olga’s favorite words to me seem to be, “You can’t do anything right, can you?” My row crops are never straight, I don’t seem to work hard enough, I snore when I sleep, my boots smell, and I get confused about what to do every day. I keep telling her that not everything I do is a mistake, after all, I married her, right? She doesn’t know what to say when I remind her of that.
Sometimes a mistake can lead to something wonderful. Once I dug a hole for a big tree and made the mistake of not covering it up while I waited for other Gnomes to bring the tree for planting. I fell into the hole. But my lovely Olga saved me. She pulled me out of the hole by my arms. But while I waited for her to save me, I found a chest at the bottom of the hole that was filled with jewels. I gave that chest to my lovely wife.
Olga loves me despite my mistakes. She did not say bad words to me for a long time after I gave her the chest I found, all due to my mistake.
Barney The Brainy Bruin’s Comment
You know what? I am so tired of being blamed for Sig’s mistakes. Just today, she blamed ME for a goof up she did! Really now, do you think I can type with my big bear paws and bear claws? But she had to blame me! Let me tell you, she is the one who goofed up on the Mystery pattern, by omitting row 61, not me!
That’s not all. Whenever she makes a mistake in packaging her kits, who does she blame? She blames me or one of my cousins. They are pretty sick and tired of it too. Every time she blames us, she threatens to take away some of our Honey and Berries! Just who does she think she is anyways? Queen of Perfection??
If she didn’t treat us as lovingly as she does most times, we would all go on strike, if not downright QUIT!!