Or rather, how skilled do you think you are?
A post on Jacq’s blog today got me thinking about this, not least because I’m mentioned in it. (By the way, pop over and wish Jacq a Happy Birthday!)
Is there a difference between how we view our own skills and how others view them? I’m not talking about how those that don’t sew, knit, crochet, etc… see us (my decidedly non-crafty sister thinks sewing on a button is amazingly clever!), but how others practicing the same crafts as us view our skills.
As you will see from Jacq’s post, we both started our blogs at around the same time. I’ve had the great pleasure of meeting Jacq once (she’s as lovely as she sounds on her blog), talking to her on the phone and emailing in addition to us commenting on each others blogs.
When I discovered it was her birthday today, I wanted to send her a little gift. I decided to make one of my machine applique pictures, as she had admired the ones I’d posted here and after a bit of deliberation I decided it should be a sewing machine.
In her post today, Jacq comments that I am more skilled than she is. That’s the bit that got me thinking, because I don’t think I am very skilled. Yes, I’ve been sewing a long time (30+ years) and I knit and crochet as well. (I’d also really like to make jewellery, but I think my husband would throw me out if I bought even more craft items into the house!)
When I look at the things I’ve made, they have definitely improved, even in the last year or so, but they’re not the best or most well made items by any stretch of the imagination. I suppose we are all more critical of ourselves and our achievements than other people are, and we probably see the flaws and mistakes that others don’t.
When I look at the coat I made, I tend to skip over the bound button holes (which are actually pretty good for a first attempt) and focus on the fact that the neckline doesn’t sit right because I used rubbish interfacing that bubbled and wrinkled and had to be cut out after the coat was completed.
What do you think? Do you view your own skills more critically than you should? I wonder if it’s a case of that we all know just how much we don’t know, or how much more we can learn!