Make, learn and talk about needle lace.
I feel as though I'm finally making progress. I printed graph paper on my heavy blue paper and couched some rectangles so I could practice my stitches.
Here is what I've accomplished so far. This is not my first attempt at diamonds. I tried them with single Brussels, corded single Brussels, and various thread sizes. I kept getting confused with single Brussels, and finally sat down with Catherine Barley's book. I followed her instructions line by line, diagram by diagram, and the method eventually became clear.
Here are some things I have learned.
The spacing of the first row of stitches is critical. If it's too far apart, it will never look right.
It's not enough to have your couching stitches close together, you must keep tension on the trace threads as you work.
I make my buttonhole loops too big, they should be smaller. I was successful with this diamond sample, now I need to apply it elsewhere.
I'd like to work with thread smaller than #80 tatting thread, but I have to admit I can't learn two new skills at once. I have Finca 40 and 50 and some King Tut, but I'll try them later when I improve.
I just wanted to share some of my thoughts about how I'm learning new skills and hope I can encourage beginners. Keep on stitching!