I came across this quote today, and it really made me think. In life, we are always in a hurry. We are always running late for work, running to the train station, or running a red light. And, do we ever get where we need to go on time? Usually not. So, all that running is doing no good at all. In fact, it’s probably just making us tired!
Now, adapt that quote to the subject of beadwork. It would sound like this:
‘There is more to beading than increasing its speed.’
To me, that is true. Bead embroidery is meditative for me. I cannot rush to do it. I take my time stitching beads on at whatever pace I feel like working. Sure, there are goals I have, but if I don’t always meet them, that’s okay because I do this to satisfy my creative soul, not to meet someone else’s deadline. And, if I rush while beading, there ends up being spaces between the beads, and that makes me unhappy. The best approach is to understand that bead embroidery takes time, just like most things in life that are worth accomplishing. The more time spent, the better quality your end result will be.
Speaking of time, I have no idea how many hours I put into my 1943 Chevy fire truck so far. But, I checked the archives, and I began this piece on January 23. That was just over one month ago. Most of my pieces have been taking me exactly 2 months. I guess I’m working at a pretty decent pace…especially since this is my largest piece yet. This piece measures approximately 6.5″ x 12.5″ wide (16 x 32cm).