Before you start working on a pattern or tutorial, make sure that you read through it entirely, so that you understand all the steps, and what’s required. It’s not enough to just read the list of supplies. It’s a good idea to read through the steps, and try to visualise what it takes to actually make the item.
Too often I have jumped into a project with gusto, only to find along the way, that I need to account for something that wasn’t obvious from the list of supplies. Or that a certain step will take longer than I realised, or needs more space on my table to work on.
It might be my engineering/project management background, but if I can see how all the steps work, then I can also work out what things I can do concurrently, and what needs to be done consecutively.
I also apply this same concept to cooking!
Do you have a craft process tip to share?
5 thoughts on “Tuesday Tip | Read the Whole Thing”
Great tip. Sometimes if I am not sure about what it is supposed to look like or what the directions really mean I’ll Google to see if there are videos about it. If there’s no video, then I know I need to make one because I’m sure I’m not the only one getting confused.
Yes! This is a great idea.
I think I have suffered many diy accidents when I haven’t read through the instructions. Great tip
Thanks for the tip. I admit that I often read the first bit of a tutorial carefully, look at the final project, and then go off in my own direction. It doesn’t always turn out exactly the same. I’m ok with that 🙂 Of course, I read more closely if it is something that is completely new to me.
It’s fun to riff on tutorials sometimes. 🙂