As anyone who has been to my etsy shop already knows I have a few other crafts under my belt. I make jewelry with beads, charms, polymer clay and other things that inspire me. There are other crafts I do that I have blogged about on occasion. I sew, usually making costumes and the like for cons and Halloween. So with all those crafts where do I fit in new skills? Everywhere of course.
Archive for January 10th, 2012
January 10th, 2012
Right now on my to sew list is a holster and adjustments to my Zoe vest so I can wear it at dragon con in September. This is the first time I have worked in leather or almost leather. I also made the Cyberwoman, which . I also have plans to sew a bag at some point and there is a plan to make curtains. I have to put the new sewing machine through its paces. So actually using a sewing machine, since ever I think would be the awakening of a oldish skill.
With Knitting I am already working on color work with the octopus mitts, which leaves spinning (hello VKL), making something with beads (i have lots), designing a few patterns, making/finishing sweaters, you know things.
My crafting history goes back to grade school where I was making friendship brackets and working with lanyard making key dangles. To the point where actually finding the one key on you ring was a feat in of itself. I rembember sewing clothes for the few dolls I didn’t maim with fabric scraps from my mother.
I learned to crochet sometime during this as well but it wasn’t until college that I made anything more than a single crochet chain as an alternative to friendship bracelets. In high school I was part of tons of after school activities. Including one club called friendship for charity where we made bracelets, ribbon roses and other things, sold them and donated the proceeds to charity. I also wore a lot of jewelry and on my high school budget it was easy to pull out all third brads and string I had accumulated and make a bracelet or six.
I still remember my favorite, a purple and green bracelet in honor of the ‘Clown Prince of Crime’. Their were also a lot of butterflies. They were a thing. But I mostly craft for charity or myself and then put that all away for the first few years of college.
In college a friend I had grown up with decideds she wanted to make hats, what brought this on I can’t remember other than the possibility that she couldn’t find exactly what she wanted. She learned to crochet and on a train ride taught me to do the same, after a stop off at Save-A-Thon for my own needles and yarn. I got some red, Red Heart and the Nacho incident happened.
Next I brought some super bulky yarn from an all crafts shop I went in for some other supplies and I crocheted my first scarf. While not a nacho it isn’t the straightest of scarves but it got me through the winters in college.
I made many a house scarf for friends. A bunch of Gryffendors and one Slytherin. I attempted to crochet mittens, I ended up with an oven mitt. I stuck to scarves. They were also great to work on during lectures when I wasn’t taking notes.
I also write but that is for another post.
No shawl is safe. My blocking Taj from Sunday.