black floral necklace with turquoise beads. So, for Emily's sake, I rounded up some of my little embarrassments. In the center left is a variegated pink motif I tatted years ago and messed up the count completely. I had several motifs done and the mistakes in them kept me from being able to connect them properly, but I couldn't bear to throw them away either. Next to that motif are a few pieces from playing around with necklace closures on recent projects. The black and white necklace seemed like it worked, but would never lay correctly when worn. I've tried all kinds of things to fix it, including threading a ribbon through the middle of the necklace and tatting little rings to loop the flowers together so they wouldn't flip over. So far, no good.
Craft Fail and it invites crafters to post their failed projects. Never fear, my friends, there is comfort in showing this kind of misery! The most painful one I have found involves ruining beautiful Pendleton wool. There's also a blog called Mighty Ugly where people try to make their crafts ugly on purpose.
For the really adventurous (Don't say I didn't warn you!), visit Regretsy to see the most bizarre items found on Etsy. Lots of mature content/language here, however. Not only will you see items for sale that you think couldn't possibly sell, but they also tell you when those weird things sell. They also feature horrible product photos and stupid product descriptions. As long as your items never end up on Regretsy, you know you haven't hit rock bottom!
A fellow tatter featured her "practice pieces" in a blog post and followed with several posts showing how she was able to use them for other projects. I really liked her positive spin and I'm going to start calling my pieces "practice pieces" since I definitely learn a lot about working a pattern from the mistakes I make, even though I have to start over. My husband is Navajo and his people usually work an intentional mistake into the rugs they weave since only God is perfect and they believe the mistake in the rug prevents their spirit from being trapped in the rug. So when you're feeling down about learning a new craft or just having one of those days where things aren't working right, remember that nobody's perfect (except the Big Guy, of course).