Being left-handed, has never been a hindrance to me, but it has affected others who have tried to pass on skills of one sort or another. I remember most vividly, as a child, learning to knit. My mum could not understand how I could do something, which looked completely different to what she was showing me, yet surprisingly turned out as it should, and I know it was very difficult to teach me. (I would imagine, this is where I first started teaching myself). My first knitted project was a bright red dress. It took me just three weeks and I was so proud of it. I wore it to a disco ... and probably constantly for a while.
I went on to teach myself all types of knitting stitches, but could never get the hang of crochet. Never one to give up though, one of these days I will conquer it!
Its been a while since I did any regular knitting, but recently re-introduced myself to it.
These gloves match my scarf, made of baby alpaca wool, a lovely sage green. My husband's first comments were, 'what is the point'? I think they are very useful. How many times have you been shopping and tried to get out your purse without dropping your gloves. With these you can still control your fingers.
Maybe being so close to Christmas, when all the musicals come to the forefront, these perhaps remind you of 'Fagin's gloves' in Oliver Twist!!
I'm never far away, from jewellery making and bead embroidery is another form of art in itself. To return to my earlier comment; 'elf taught' artists.
One beadwork artist which is really inspiring is Diana L Grygo, aka The Lone Beader.
"a self-taught bead embroidery artist currently working in Quincy, Massachusetts. She loves to create extremely dimensional beaded paintings by stitching glass seed beads to felt. Her work also combines images from history with ideas of the future using mixed media. Her current pieces are inspired by pop culture, dogs, classic cars & city scenes".
Source: Artist Profile - Lone Beader Website
Take a look at the Lone Beader Blog, to see her how her journey unfolded. Diana has just brought out a very detailed tutorial for a cute Jack Russell brooch (or pendant) which you may also like to take a peek at. What particularly stands out, is her attention to detail and she manages to produce this amazing beaded art work whilst still working full-time - there's dedication for you.
Before I forget, continue to be inspired by checking out Wendy's Handmade Monday No: 43 link party, where you'll also see some outstanding work, again, many of whom I know are 'elf taught'.
'Keep Watching, and I'll Keep Blogging'