What kind of crafts do you enjoy?

@hookfan (447)
April 25, 2007 2:26am CST
Despite a severe vision loss I still enjoy cross stitching, knitting and crocheting. I was taught by my gran many years ago when I was just five years old! I have tried to teach my nieces to knit, but they just aren't interested. Hand crafts just seem to be a dying art. Now with a niece expecting a baby, I've made quite a few outfits. I am also working on a lovely tiger xstitch pic for hubby. What sorts of things do you like to work on? How many projects do you usually have on the go at any one time?
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@mummymo (23709)
25 Apr 07
Good for you hookfan - I really admire you! Sometimes I wish I was f good at this type of thing but unfortunately nothing turns out right for me! My time is taken up with the kids , computer, books , puzzles and voluntary work with the school! Not working much at the moment but after I have my surgery and recover I will have work to add into the equation - no time left over for much else! xx
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@hookfan (447)
25 Apr 07
But you are busy and sometimes that is good too! I do all of these to relax :) I can't just sit and watch TV I need to do something else too! xx
@ElicBxn (60044)
• United States
25 Apr 07
I used to really enjoy cross stitch, but lately its beads, beads &, yep, more beads. I've also crocheted, but nothing seems to take beading's place. And the fact that people sometimes buy my beading doesn't hurt any either.
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@hookfan (447)
25 Apr 07
Wow, I've never thought of beading and of actually selling it! Good for you ElicBxn! Thanks for the reply!
• Philippines
26 Apr 07
I really wanted to become an interior designer so like I design my shoe box and make it look like a room
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• Pakistan
26 Apr 07
I ve done a lot of these things like stitching clothes cross stitch with scenes from related books then getting them framed to decorate the house . also makrame its with thick strings and beads . I made toys out of beads n fibre.As I had been a primary teacher I had an oppurtunity to do lots of craft work to teach n to display.I ve received a lot of appreciation for my work. i ve never sold anything . there r many other such interests related to this field which i have beeen doing.Now I ve weak eyesight so cant do much but I enjoy doing it.It is relieving to sit with a hook or needle n scissors after u get bored of other home chores.
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@amydawn11 (906)
• Canada
25 Apr 07
I have wanted to do scrapbooking for years now so recently i have begun to start my collection of supplies. It is expensive but will be well worth it when I have beautiful books to give my daughter of her life memories. I haven't done one yet but i think once I get started I won't be on here anymore cause I'll get right into it.
@hookfan (447)
25 Apr 07
That sounds like a lovely project to start on and I wish you luck with it! Thank you for the response!
@ElicBxn (60044)
• United States
25 Apr 07
My sister went to Hawaii a couple of years ago. She wanted to make a scrapbook of her trip, so for Christmas I took her to the craft store & helped her get what she needed to get started. She spent her entire spare time working on her scrapbook. Now she's a junkie! Inspite of the fact that my sister is the "recreation" person in the family, even majored in it in college, she's never had a "crafty" hobby. I'm glad I helped get her started.
@hookfan (447)
26 Apr 07
Well done! Sometimes it good to get people started and then they realise how much fun it is! :D
@weemam (13389)
27 Apr 07
I used to sew knit and crochet , I actually taught my 2 eldest boys to knit but they wont admit to it now lol , I have tried to teach my granddaughters but they didn't keep it up , I used to make some of Ross trousers when he was little and I also used to make all my curtains etc . have carpal tunnel syndrome now and its not easy to do , I think its a dying art now to make things by yourself people would rather go buy them than bother , I think this is a real shame , Take care pal and have a nice day it is glorious here in Stirling today xx
@hookfan (447)
27 Apr 07
My hubby learned to tat when he was 5 yo - his sisters taught him :) He also learned to knit and sew so that he would be able to look after himself his mum told me :) He can repair anything quite easily and he said it was a great help when he was in the Army, as he could fix all anything :) It's gorgeous here in the South East too! You have a great day too pal! xx
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@weemam (13389)
27 Apr 07
It has been gorgeous just like a summers day and all the washing in and dry and put away to iron tomorrow , I hate ironing lol xx
@elisa812 (3033)
• United States
9 Jun 07
I mostly like to crochet. It is really very addicting when you get into it! lol Now, I'm trying to get into scrapbooking, but I haven't ever done it before, so I'm sort of trying to get ideas and get the hang of it!
@hookfan (447)
9 Jun 07
Yes it is, I'm currently making an afghan for our living room. I put it down and pick it up again :) Thanks for the reply
20 May 07
May I resurrect this discussion and add my bit. I have only just found it. Now that I am on the computer I do not have time for crafts as well (barely time for housework!). I used to knit and my husband still wears a cardigan I knitted for him when it is cold. I tried to teach my daughter but she didn't get the hang of it very well. I have done so many cross stitch pictures that I have filled not only my house but my mum's and my sister's. I did a couple of those jigsaws where lots of little pictures make up one huge picture - they were so difficult I glued them and framed then when they were finished - world map and Winnie the Pooh. I could never get the hang of crochet but have written a few poems and like to draw the view frm our hotel window when on holiday.
@hookfan (447)
21 May 07
It sounds like you're quite a crafts person as well :) I am working on a sweater for my husband as well as I still enjoy knitting too. I hope your daughter eventually takes up the craft of knitting too. Thanks for the post!
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@Khokhonut (702)
• United States
26 Apr 07
I don't do any of the crafts that you've talked about. But, I recently have taken up stamping which I am really enjoying :) I've made cards, gift boxes, gift card holders, bookmarks and a variety of other things. I like stamping because you can finish a project in a short amount of time and have something nice to show for it :)
@hookfan (447)
27 Apr 07
That is an excellent craft to enjoy. I used to do that as well when my sight was alot better. I do like cross stitching cards as they usually go quite quick as well. Thank you so much for the reply! :)
• United States
25 Apr 07
I like to draw and paint, its very stress releaving. i really like letting my feelings go out of me down a pencil and onto a paper. its nice to have that around whenever you are feeling like you aren't cared about or like you are stressed so much you could blow.
@hookfan (447)
27 Apr 07
Oh yes I agree. It's a very good stress reliever!
• United States
25 Apr 07
I crochet, cross-stitch, sew, and make collaged artwork. I think there has been something of a revival in hand crafts, at least crochet and knitting, among many young women. There are a lot of young women who want to make their own crocheted and knitted items, just not in the traditional colors and patterns of those crafts. I normally have at least a couple of projects going all the time, though I do most of my crafting on the weekends, when my roommates are either asleep or at work.
@hookfan (447)
25 Apr 07
Having stopped into my local wool/craft shop today I think you might be right. It was nice to see some younger people in the shop today! Thanks for the reply!
@daycarepal (1998)
• United States
15 Jun 07
I do craft projects with my daycare children everyday. But those are kiddie crafts. As for myself, I don't really do crafts very much anymore. Years ago I did crafts all the time. I use to do counted cross stitching, that was my favorite. I also made things using plastic canvas and yarn. I made things like tissue box covers and magnets.
@deesamps (653)
• United States
26 Apr 07
I enjoy crocheting, scrapbooking and stamping homemade cards. I have a scrapbook for my son, one for my daughter, one for me and my husband and I just finished one for my sister as a baby gift for her new soon to be bundle of joy that is due in August. For Christmas I stamped 12 notecards for each of my children's teachers, which came to a total of 48 cards. All the teachers said that they liked them. And they were so fun to make. On my crochet I made a red and white blanket(the size of a twin bed) for one of my good friends from Japan. I did red and white because it is our college's colors and she is a student there. And now I am making another one for my husband and am making it purple, black and white for KSU colors. Your niece is going to love the handmade baby outfits. She will know that they were made with love. And they will be very special to her.
@jlara_gtr34 (3493)
• Philippines
26 Apr 07
i enjoy sewing if only i could afford a sewing machine, maybe i would've made a lot of clothes and bags for myself.
@a_ce_e (1427)
• Philippines
26 Apr 07
I enjoy xstitch before, during my spare time i do it, i had made "last supper" which was displayed in our kitchen by my mom. I also did "lucky fishes" which until now not yet finished hahaha due to lack of time. Then "disney clock" finished but not yet framed. I was overwhelmed with my work. I leave xstitch, and switch to knitting, hand knitting coz i found it interesting. But, only after i made a hat, i gave up due to lack of materials. Maybe i'll go back with my xstitch so i could finish my "lucky fish", and the pillow case plus the small xstitch bags
• Canada
26 Apr 07
Crochetting, cross-stitching, knitting and learning more
• Philippines
26 Apr 07
It's been for years, I make packaging,souvenirs like with country designs. I love accesory making. My projects depend on the availability of my time and some are orders form friends and customers.I sometimes make molds out of silicon and paint it with gold like angels.Handcrafts are in, in our country nowadays. Everywhere, people make it out of hobby and livelihood as well.
• United States
25 Apr 07
I used to love cross stitching but now i seldom do this now since i dont have much free time. I would like to start scrapbooking coz my daugher is into it now.
@tonyjms (75)
25 Apr 07
I love metal work, and I am lucky enough to enjoy my job which involves a lot of metal work
@devadoss (41)
• India
25 Apr 07
i like stitching but i don't know the detailed steps invloved in that work.anyway keep it up.do well and continue ur work