Before you do anything, read all the instructions from start to finish. Then read them again and for good measure, just before you start a step, read the relevant instructions again!This may sound like over kill and a waste of time, but if I have remembered this fundamental rule, it would have saved me a lot of time.
The detailed instructions that my tutor sent me when I requested help stressed that a line of #4 imitation gold should be firmly couched just INSIDE the outline. The picture in my textbook shows a line of couched gold INSIDE the outline. I should have reread the instructions, or looked at my textbook, before I couched the gold metallic thread ON the outline.
© JEC/Carol-Anne Conway
So, instead of spending 5 minutes reading the instructions, and a minute or two looking at the textbook, I spent 45 minutes removing 3 hours and 30 minutes worth of couching.
As my tutor said
One good thing will come out of this salutary lesson - you will never forget again!!!but as I said to my tutor, it’s a shame that I have not yet learnt the lesson about reading the instructions.