I’m working in the Basics section of the book all day today. Like the Introduction for Backwards Readers, it’s very close to my heart, and I’ve kept it for last. I’ve also worked on it alone, that is as alone as anyone can be who is using Christina’s drawings, Jean Power’s introductory section to her own lovely book, and Dustin Wedekind’s beginner’s beading book.
It really is springing from my very soul, though. I get so frustrated with diagrams and Patterntongue and magazine pages and rehashes and photos with backgrounds. I just want it to seem easy, the work of connecting up stupendous structures with simple shapes. I want people like me (who shut down when they look at knitting patterns) to be able to whip up a Fortuneteller bangle without fear.
Here is a pretty spread, showing what utter magnificence one can build with even a little stack of monkey-simple Warped Squares.
Jean’s Star neckpiece (as built by Stacy Creamer) was the first actual piece of her work I held. I was entranced, and made it my mission in life to meet this Jean Power person.
Now THAT was a good call.