It happens to us all. We sit down to what promises to be a beautiful, fun project and everything goes cattywampus. Threads break, dyes run, blades snap, and our composure shatters.
In my case, the most frustrating project ever was one I was not only having every kind of trouble possible, I got to make all those mistakes right out in public while trying to tell people how fun bobbin lace is, and that it’s really not as difficult as it looks.
For some reason passing all understanding, I chose to use a pattern I hadn’t done before and didn’t do a couple repeats just to make sure everything worked before the demonstration. For an entire day I sat there making and then unmaking the same single repeat when one pair of threads just wouldn’t go anywhere at all. I had to rewind half a dozen bobbins over the course of those hours when the very fine linen thread I was working with also turned out to be remarkably fragile. I figured out what I was doing wrong about ten minutes before the fair closed.
Yeah, I didn’t pick up too many converts that day.
So what about you? What was the project that caused you the most heartburn?