Sometimes when I pick up a new craft it reminds me of reincarnation. I feel as if my hands have done this new thing a thousand times before. I wonder if that is what instinct in animals feels like, if a bird flying south for the first time has the same feeling as me with a loom in my lap. I wonder if humans have developed any sort of instinctual connection to old crafts... and then I have another cup of coffee and do some dishes and get back to normal, shallow, everyday thoughts. Other times I can't figure out a new craft to save my life! Today was one of those times.
I ordered cards for tablet weaving when I ordered my loom and I have been waiting like a kid on Hogfather's for them to arrive. I opened them and got to work the second they arrived today, around 11 am. They were so cute and innocent!
I read the instructions I had printed from the internet, and a booklet I had picked up for parents and children. I thought, how hard could it be? Children as young as 5 can do it, the booklet says so. Apparently I am not as capable as a kindergartener. By the time my son got home from school I was ready to cry and throw things! These lovely photos show you the mess I made. Pattern? What pattern? I simply couldn't get it working. So frustrating...
Then something clicked, I had my aha moment, I figured out where I had gone wrong and suddenly the patterns were there, like magic! I was so excited. I made a sampler of four different patterns and they all worked out beautifully! I can't wait to make some trim tomorrow when my brain is fresh enough to warp the loom again. I do love learning, it just goes to show you the old "try and try again" is true as ever. Good luck in your own learning endeavors.