This is what happens when I take an interest – a serious interest – in any type of craft: I buy books. Books are a weakness of mine. Well, my mom was a librarian, so I doubt anyone is surprised by that. Fiction goes on my Kindle; crafty stuff goes hard copy. One: it’s very hard to flip through a book when it’s on the Kindle. Two: my Kindle isn’t color. Three: computers aren’t always up. They need to be charged, or the connection can be wonky. Hard copy? Never an issue.
When I started playing with the finger weaving, I realized that none of the books I already owned contained the information I needed, which was a step-by-step tutorial of how to do each pattern. So I went to Amazon and found the book Fingerweaving Basics by Gerald L. Findley, and it arrived today.
Score!!! Step-by-step, illustrated tutorials for tons of patterns. And looking at some of the more advanced patterns I was playing with before, I can categorically state that I would never have figured them out on my own. Now I can make an attempt at something a little more advanced. I’ve been flipping through the book all evening.
When I say advanced, I truly mean it. Some of the patterns are complex enough to be confusing even with the illustrations, and yet they don’t look that complex at all when you see the finished project, thus my earlier failed attempts. What looked simple, really wasn’t. These patterns are going to take some real practice. As always, though, I refuse to be beaten by an inanimate object, especially when winning means I can create something pretty. So: into the breach!
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