I think that being self taught is a difficult task. Not impossible, but difficult.
One need to be passionate and have a lot perseverance and patience. It requires a lot of practice and some things come easy, but some things require lots of trial and error.
I been through this road. But I think there is nothing wrong with taking classes.
When I started, there where not a lot of classes in my area. Now there is more people teaching, wich it's not only fun but very helpful. I wish I had this option when I started. Self taught can get one frustrated at some points.
I used to take breaks to re-group and try again.
Yes Edna, it can be very frustrating at times.... thank GOD for CC members! Some of us just don't have much of a choice. No classes here, even the Wilton classes are 1 1/2 hrs away...with 3 small kids... that's not very easy to do. So it was either teach myself, or not do it at all...