I'm also learning along the way - with several missteps. But then for me, that's always part of the play. After a brief frustration with myself, I move on, knowing a little bit more each time.
Training myself in the use of materials, especially if not traditionally used this way, is always 'interesting'. That's the fun part. The not-so-fun part is taking stitches out (and ruining a whole face in the process) and/or putting one piece aside and starting another to replace it because the first one did not work. I shall persevere!
Don't lose your confidence if you slip
Be grateful for a pleasant trip
And pick yourself up, dust yourself off
Start all over again.
Jerome Kern/Dorothy Fields