Is she following patterns and executing them very well, or is she creating brand new things with no instructions?
The former is replicating. The later is creating.
The equivalent to your drawing would be if you traced or copied an awesome thing drawn by someone else, versus if you drew something from your own imagination. Obviously the thing you copied would look more impressive than the ting made from scratch, because the only part you actually affected was the execution. The composition, the colors, the line quality, etc. were all things determined by the original artist and you just copied those parts.
Similarly, the designer who creates a pattern determines the lines, the shape, and the method. If a picture is provided with it and your sister uses the same yarns and colors then even the color and texture is determined by the designer and not the crocheter. She is only responsible for the execution of that particular piece.
I have to explain this to my mother, a seamstress who was very good at executing patterns and never designed anything, whenever she tries to compare her art to mine.
Crocheting is a self-correcting art form. If you mess up, what you're making won't work, so you'll have to unravel to the point where you screwed up, and try again.
I've been struggling with a fish bottle holder I started crocheting from scratch for a while now. I have multiple color changes to contend with (not something I've practiced before), multiple increases and decreases, and non-straight edge finishes to do, as well as worrying about directionality of stitches with all of that mess. If I mess up, it won't look right. Once I've figured it all out, I'm sure I'll be able to make a second, a third, and many many more far more easily, and each one will be quicker and easier than the last.
In the words of Bob Ross..."Talent is a pursued interest, anything you are willing to pursue, you can do.” It's all about the time and effort you spend on something.
Personally I think your just not seeing how much you have improved. It's a lot easier for us to look at someone else and say "holy crap you've gotten so good at this is such a short amount of time!" and never see it in ourselves because we are our own harshest critiques.
I bet if you ask your sister she will say shes not that good because she's looking up to better crocheters (sp?) and trying to get to their level of ability. You can't see how far you've come because your too busy looking at how far you have to go yet. I bet your sister can see how much you improved on your drawing skills over the years!
Look back some day on your REALLY old artwork and compare it to a recent gallery piece of yours...you'll see the improvement! You obviously always want to strive to improve, but if you constantly compare yourself to other artists who are at a higher level...all your going to do is depress yourself with your seemingly large "lack of talent" that's actually all in your head!
Haha yes, your right. My sister does say so, she does say that I have highly improved. Yes I check out my older drawings once in a while to get my hopes up, you know what I mean. Right now I'm spending about a year practicing drawing and sketching nothing serious inorder to get to the desire I want. Yeah I know that and I try to stop . I asked my sister how she became really good in crochet and she answeres something very very different than what I had expected such irony! She said that "Before I learnt to crochet I was jelous of you because people like your drawing and always tend to give you much more attention than I so I thought if I could beat you than I wouldnt feel that lonely feeling anymore". So I think the jelousy thing turned out to be very good... but seriously I will never hold a grudge or such feeling towards her. So how can I beat her to this game of hers? I want to feel that winning feeling again lol.
Maybe it's not about beating the "game," but about enjoying your hobbies together! Maybe you could do a collaboration! where you draw the subject and she crochet's the background around it with cool sunrise colors or something like that. Then you can say "look how good WE'VE gotten! and what WE can make TOGETHER!" Granted a collaboration with a crocheter is probably difficult, but just an idea! Maybe you could also draw something for her and you could ask her to make you a cool hat/scarf! This way you guys could get that "winning feeling" together.
Since your the older sister, you may have to take a bit of a hit on this one and talk her up to your friends/family/relatives so that she starts feeling more involved and less overshadowed by you. (something all older siblings probably have to do at some point)
I hope you guys can fix your competitive relationship, or if not fix it, keep making sure that it's a healthy competition and not one based on jealousy!
Haha don't worry I encourage her as an older sister really! All my friends know she crochets and she has alot of fans . She is to busy with customer servicing than she is with me. She sells her work to people, but she still does not own a shop which hopefully she will in the future. Yes, I do ask her to make me "cool things" aswell but she doesint give me more attention then customers since I live with her, but that isint the real matter. Yes when it comes to these things I can be competitive but I cannot help it. No I was never jelous
But I really do thank you for your support and understanding and I will do what you say because it's the right thing
I'm glad! and I hope that you guys' relationship improves because of it. My older brother and I don't get along and once i became an "adult" I never really felt any respect from him as I always felt he was just waiting for me to fail. I wouldn't wish that kind of a relationship on anyone, and although ours has improved over the years, there are still things preventing our close relationship.
Etsy.com [link] is a website for people who do crafts to sell them. Your sister for example could make a "shop" and she could upload pictures of items that she crochets and set a price for them. It's set up through paypal so when others view her page and if they like something they can order it from her directly off the site. She could make some extra money this way! There are tons of people on it and they make some really cool stuff! I'd have her check it out!