I took an online Embroidery Made Easy course with Marcie Abney Carroll last week and I felt like a child in kindergarten. Marcie posted a lesson each day and we worked at our own speed trying new stitches and testing bead sizes. Her course is well laid out with easy instructions and videos so why did I feel lost? Well, I was just simply out of my comfort zone. And that's a good thing.
I can see mistakes on this finished project but I am still proud of it. It is hand made and there is room to improve. But I love the colors of the stone and I did learn important lessons for beginners. Use a bead that is fairly uniform in size - like perfectly oval for example, which this one is not. It is also faceted which allows the beads to slip under on some of the sides and hide. You want a bead that is flat on the back. All of these errors I now recognize and will use them as stepping stones to making more perfect beaded embroidery in the future.
OK let's get on to the next embroidery project.