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« Reply #15: January 21, 2008, 08:42:45 pm »

The title pretty well sums it up. Smiley

What kind of crafty things do you do? Knit? Sew? Scrapbook? Woodwork? All of the above? Something else?

Drop spinning, at the moment, but the friend who taught me spinning is about to get me started on knitting. (I have a theory that I might actually wear socks if I knit them myself, but she's starting me on cotton dishcloths: I know how to knit and purl, but I'm not so good on casting on and off, or increasing/decreasing or patterns.)
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« Reply #16: January 21, 2008, 10:42:28 pm »

The title pretty well sums it up. Smiley

What kind of crafty things do you do? Knit? Sew? Scrapbook? Woodwork? All of the above? Something else?

Right now I am very, very slowly trying to learn to carve.  I've done a few small pieces, not satified with any, had finished the carving part of a small dragon, but there it sits waiting for painting and finishing touches.  Have 3 other project at early stages.

Unfortunately my shop is in the basement and I don't like to use the gass space heater.  Not because of CO, but because the water vapor from combustion made verything wet.  Condensation on very cold walls.

Mostly it is wait until better weather and then I'll want to be in the garden.  No win.

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« Reply #17: January 21, 2008, 11:13:38 pm »

I use white Sculpy clay.

Ah, gotcha.  If heft is a serious concern, have you seen the new Ultralight Sculpey?  We used it for a bead making project and it really is very lightweight.  Smiley

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« Reply #18: January 21, 2008, 11:14:59 pm »

The title pretty well sums it up. Smiley

What kind of crafty things do you do? Knit? Sew? Scrapbook? Woodwork? All of the above? Something else?

I'm looking for a project right now.  I kind of feel like quilting, but I don't want to make a quilt.  Anyone have any quilted shoulder bag patterns?  Or purses?  Or something else?
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« Reply #19: January 21, 2008, 11:22:04 pm »

I'm looking for a project right now.  I kind of feel like quilting, but I don't want to make a quilt.  Anyone have any quilted shoulder bag patterns?  Or purses?  Or something else?

I'm debating starting a sticky thread where people can request patterns/ideas and such for specific crafts. Not sure if there's an interest here or not, but I'm thinking about it..
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« Reply #20: January 21, 2008, 11:42:33 pm »

I'm debating starting a sticky thread where people can request patterns/ideas and such for specific crafts. Not sure if there's an interest here or not, but I'm thinking about it..

oooh, I'm interested. I am on some lists that have pretty good files for that kind of thing. And my mommy board has one that is great. Seems like there are enough knitters in particular around here that would like that.
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« Reply #21: January 21, 2008, 11:43:16 pm »

What kind of crafty things do you do? Knit? Sew? Scrapbook? Woodwork? All of the above? Something else?

I'm a compulsive crafter.  If I'm sitting in my car for more than a few minutes (passenger seat, natch), I'll start using maps to make folded paper objects.  If I'm camping, I build things out of sticks and rocks.  At home, I find it hard to watch foreign movies because I always have do something with my hands (I'm immune at theaters, though...unless eating popcorn counts).  I think (semi-seriously) it might be a manifestation of mild OCD.  Wink

As for crafts I do regularly, I:

Knit (and felt, which includes using existing clothing--cutting/resewing it, and felting it)
Crochet
Make chain from wire (then assemble said chain into jewelry)
Play with clay (everything from tiny figures to cob construction)
Play with sticks/leaves/etc. (love to goof around with weaving natural materials)
Play with salt dough (it's amazing the range of stuff you can make--I've made some really cool beads, for instance)
Make candles
Make soap
Dye (yarn, fabric, wood, you name it)
Sew (although I tend to do this out of necessity--don't really enjoy it much)

Things I've done in the past and might try again if the urge strikes:

Bookmaking
Broom making
Screen printing
Stamp making (carving/creating from scratch--I've used rubber, heavy wire, and various vegetables)
Batiking
Paper mache/paper clay
Paper making
Cake decorating (I sucked at it, but suspect I could get better w/ practice)

Right now I'm playing around with two dog brushes (slickers), a bag of rough alpaca fiber our own Eadie gave me ages ago (thanks, Eadie!) and a homemade drop spindle.  The resulting yarn has been...rustic, but promising.  Wink

I'm sure there are more I could list, but they slip my mind.

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« Reply #22: January 21, 2008, 11:44:23 pm »

I'm looking for a project right now.  I kind of feel like quilting, but I don't want to make a quilt.  Anyone have any quilted shoulder bag patterns?  Or purses?  Or something else?

A friend of mine has a very cute patchwork backpack/bag pattern that you can do in an afternoon. If you want me to ask her for the pattern for you, let me know.
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« Reply #23: January 21, 2008, 11:49:55 pm »

A friend of mine has a very cute patchwork backpack/bag pattern that you can do in an afternoon. If you want me to ask her for the pattern for you, let me know.

Ooo, I'd like to see that, if it's not too much trouble.
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« Reply #24: January 21, 2008, 11:52:13 pm »

I'm debating starting a sticky thread where people can request patterns/ideas and such for specific crafts. Not sure if there's an interest here or not, but I'm thinking about it..

Looks like dragonfaerie started a thread earlier (not sticky though) here: http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=4315.0
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« Reply #25: January 22, 2008, 01:25:29 am »

What kind of crafty things do you do? Knit? Sew? Scrapbook? Woodwork? All of the above? Something else?

I'm drawn to needle-and-thread types of crafting.  Occasionally, I quilt.  More often I'm doing cross stitch or needlepoint or somehow playing with embroidery floss.  Beading, etc.
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What kind of crafty things do you do?

Mostly fiber arts:  I quilt, embroider, crochet, do needlepoint, and very basic sewing.  I'm learning to knit.  I have done card weaving, but not lately. I have also made candles and soap, but not for a few years.
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« Reply #27: January 22, 2008, 08:21:50 am »

If I'm sitting in my car for more than a few minutes (passenger seat, natch), I'll start using maps to make folded paper objects.

Damn, I forgot about that.  I have an off-and-on tendancy to compulsively fold paper cranes from whatever paper material is available (though I don't usually use things I'll be wanting for other purposes later).  This has resulted in many teeny Andes-mint-wrapper cranes left for unsuspecting waiters at Olive Garden, etc. over the years... 

It's a remnant of a time when I was really into origami and thought that learning to fold a crane would be, like, the pinnacle of origami achievement or something.  (Hey, I was in sixth grade, OK?)  So once I learned how, I just kept doing it.  My bedroom used to look like a flock of paper cranes had settled in to roost on every available surface (not to mention hanging from surfaces that weren't available); there were probably hundreds of them in there.  I'm not that bad anymore, but I do still do it every once in a while.  (I'd fold something else, but I'm not sure I actually remember how.  LOL)
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« Reply #28: January 22, 2008, 08:22:58 am »


What kind of crafty things do you do? Knit? Sew? Scrapbook? Woodwork? All of the above? Something else?

Wood!
All things wood pretty much sums things up for me. Mostly scroll saw intarsia, etc. I used to do a lot of jewelry work, mostly sterling silver. 
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« Reply #29: January 22, 2008, 08:50:01 am »

Damn, I forgot about that.  I have an off-and-on tendancy to compulsively fold paper cranes from whatever paper material is available (though I don't usually use things I'll be wanting for other purposes later).

Me to, for most of last year paper cranes and doodles were my way of passing time in exceptionally dull classes. Needles to say I ended up with numerous quantities of cranes which got distributed around the school.
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