What Crafts Are You Working On Now?

@DCMerkle (1281)
United States
December 31, 2008 1:41pm CST
Well, with Christmas over now and the projects that I was working on to give as gifts that have been completed.....well for the most part...lol, what crafts are you working on now? I had all good intentions of completing what I had in mind for everyone on my list. I knew that I was starting late and was working on 5 crochet projects at the same time. I got 2 of them done. I'm still working on 1 of them and should be done with it in a couple of hours....before the new year..lol. When is a good time line to start on holiday crafts? I would like to do something for Valentine's Day. When should I start that? Do you have a time line that you follow during the year to have a crocheted or any project completed before the holidays? DCMerkle
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• United States
31 Dec 08
I have a bag that I'm working on, well I should be, but I can't really get my head wrapped around it. I got some yarn that I have to use up before I can buy anymore and I'm really itching to buy some suede yarn so I better get to crochet that bag again soon.
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• United States
31 Dec 08
And seeing Cowgirls response I realized I didn't even come close to answering the question myself. I would be working on craft projects long before they are due to be done, four to five months depending on what they are. Sometimes you can work on a project and it will just fall together perfectly, sometimes you can work on one and be at the very end and everything just fall apart. If something is going to end up a disaster I would rather find out way before it is time to give it than the day before and have to panic to find a replacement.
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@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
31 Dec 08
munameismine, I've had projects like that. I really like how it looks in the pictures and the instructions/pattern are simple enough, but once I get all the materials or supplies together I've lost it somewhere in the closets in my mind. I'll keep reminding myself that I have something to start. I'll even take it all out and get ready to get ready, but then somehow it finds its way all back into whatever bag I've been storing it in. Don't mention yarn to me. I have enough right now that I should be able to make afghans for years...lol That's my problem. I see yarn on sale and I like the colors and before I know it, I'm stuffing it in another container at home somewhere to use later. Now the suede yarn sounds interesting...no, I didn't say that....where can I get it?....don't answer that! Good luck on your project! DCMerkle
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@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
1 Jan 09
You know, I have seen people do that with yarn. Maybe the lady was trying to put her life back together, but if it could be done with yarn, maybe the politicians could learn a few things...lol I'm sure the projects that you were able to do with those balls of yarn proved to be interesting though. What did you make with them? DCMerkle
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
31 Dec 08
My sisters and I are planning on doing a craft show in Feb, so we have to get some crafts done. Any good ideas? We are doing felt soaps so far. I am not sure what else.
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@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
1 Jan 09
sunshine4, What are felt soaps? That sounds interesting. I never even heard or seen anything like that. Have you done craft shows before? DCMerkle
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
1 Jan 09
I use to do craft shows a long time ago, then got out of it. Since I jsut learned how to do these felt soaps, I thought it woudl be fun to try a craft show again. you take felted wool and put it around a bar of soap. It is a process, but when done the soap is like a soap with a scubbie on the outside of it. Kinda cool, yet different. I made 3 when I went to the class and since then made some for Christmas gifts.
• United States
1 Jan 09
Have you tried the knitted dish rags? They are really easy and fast. Also, the old standard, crochet-top dish rags. Other suggestions would be felted coin purses. They are really cute.
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
31 Dec 08
I haven't quite finished all my Christmas gifts. I am making a quilt for my best friend and my BF. I work on my crafts year round. I make teddy bears to sell, so my sewing machine is seldom silent. I also knit, and just finished knitting a vest and will be sewing it together today. I needle felt little animals and that I take along in the car. So, I always recommend that people do their crafts year round...it's never too early to start! Besides, the sooner you get started the sooner you get your Christmas crafts finished and open the slot for more new crafts and fun ideas.
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@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
1 Jan 09
Quilting has been something that I have always wanted to learn how to do, but if I took in one more project, I'd be so lost...lol I was thinking of taking one of my projects along with me when I'm at a Dr's. office or something. Maybe I just should do it and get going on it. DCMerkle
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
1 Jan 09
I am not good about sitting quiet. Everyone who knows me knows that if I am sitting quiet I am sick!!! I will admit that waiting in doctor's offices has helped me complete tons of crafts!!! I'll carry anything from knitting to needle felting...one draw back is that I usually end up demonstrating or showing off what I'm making, although it has brought me a lot of customers ordering my products (mostly teddy bears.). Plus, taking along crafts keeps me calm and when I get in to see the doctor my blood pressure is lower (normal). I always have a tote bag ready to travel so that whatever I want to work on is ready...I have a bag for knitting, miniature teddy bears that need to be hand sewn, needle felting and crocheting. That way I can just grab and go. I hope you give it a go and start taking projects with you. I've never gotten into making quilts, but I wanted to give both my best friend and boy friend something unique and tailored to what they enjoy. So, here I am cutting big pieces of fabric into smaller pieces and then sewing them together again. I laugh at it as when my Mom was alive she and I would tease each other about our respective craft choices. I make teddy bears and she made the quilts. I'm sure she is laughing like crazy up there in heaven!!!
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
1 Jan 09
loverbear, I've heard that quilting bees are a great place for a gab fest. So, if you like to make noise then you probably fit right in. DCMerkle
@ElicBxn (60810)
• United States
31 Dec 08
I haven't thought too far ahead for what to make for next year. I'll see, would like to come up with something new and different.
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@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
1 Jan 09
ElicBxn, If you're like me and start looking at patterns for anything, then everything starts looking good and I want to make everything that I see! DCMerkle
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@ElicBxn (60810)
• United States
1 Jan 09
Well, I don't make clothes for people, I don't do zippers or button holes and I don't know people's sizes. I mean, how many necklaces and bracelets can people wear? How many afgans can they cover up in? or scrafs around their necks? Maybe I'll look to cross stitch sweatshirts again....
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
31 Dec 08
I am still working on a granny square blanket that is to be my first second project... lol. Let me clarify, I made a little bag as a test to see how my gauge and tension were.. then I made one for my mom for Christmas (what can I say? she wouldn't take anything my fiance and I would have bought her.).... The granny square afghan isn't coming out the best, but now all I need to do is attach and border...
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
31 Dec 08
woops, sorry forgot to answer the questions. I would probably start a project about two months before it was to be gifted, depending on how big it is and how busy I am to be during the time. Holiday's are a very busy occasion, so sometimes it's hard to know just when to start on something.
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@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
1 Jan 09
SomeCowgirl, I know how to do the granny square and my gauge and tension is pretty good after 30 some years. Right now I am trying to learn how to do the tunsian stitch or the afghan stitch. I love how the texture of the piece looks, but I am having a hard time with keeping the tension on it the same. The tunsian stitch is done with a crochet hook that is longer than the average hook. I've seen some beautiful work done with that technique and there's so much that you can do with it. Maybe your mom just likes things that are handmade as gifts. Don't get me wrong I like things that are bought from the stores and given to me as gifts too, but I really appreciate the time and effort that goes into something that is handmade by someone. It makes it more personal. Did you get the afghan finished for Christmas? DCMerkle
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@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
31 Dec 08
I don't know. I think I am going to knit something, I just don't know what.
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@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
1 Jan 09
cutepenquin, Try doing something quick and simple like knitting some dishtowel tops or dishrags with cotton thread. It's fast and real simple to do. DCMerkle
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@frygirl (382)
• United States
1 Jan 09
well i was working on a plastic canvas poject for my niece who reecntly got married i alost had it done when my house burned to the ground along with all my other crafts supplies popcorn tins full of yarn pattern books pojects already completed for the craft fairs for next summer along with eveything else i owned to my name iam still not over it.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
2 Jan 09
frygirl, That it just awful. You lost everything? Thank God that you got out safely. I know that you think that all those projects that you lost are gone forever, but you still have the talent for crafts and that's what counts! You'll have a supply of crafts before you know it and and be back in business. Please take care and if there is anythng that I can send you to start your craft supplies over agian, let me know. Believe me, I can spare it! DCMerkle
@frygirl (382)
• United States
2 Jan 09
i mainly do plastic canvas and stamped crosssitch thank you for the offer but iam really not in the crafting mood just yet but i will get there i appreciate thatsomebody acknowledges the situation
@frygirl (382)
• United States
2 Jan 09
on second thought i just might take you up on your offer. i will let you know in a couple of days because where i'am living is kind of cramped we had 2 people move in with us.
@connierebel (1571)
• United States
6 Jan 09
I'll be starting on Easter magnets soon. I usually end up waiting to the last minute and not finishing in time. I usually work on Christmas ornaments on and off all year, but this past year I didn't. and I also plan on making a bunch of summer (patriotic, seashore, etc) magnets also. I am terrible at procrastinating, and then I have to rush at the last minute when I have a deadline!
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
7 Jan 09
connierebel, I can't even wrap my mind around Easter yet even with the fact that I have a $30 gift certificate to A.C. Moore. I haven't decided what I want to do with it yet. I wouldn't say that you are a terrible procrastinator. Procrastinating is what us crafters do best! Just read through the thread!...lol DCMerkle
@carolscash (9501)
• United States
6 Jan 09
Well, I am not a big arts and crafts person but I am hoping to get back into doing a large scrapbook collection for my girls for Christmas. One daughter will be 18 in Feb. and I want to make her a nice gift to give her next year for Christmas of her life at home. She can add to it then later. My youngest daughter, I hope to make her a nice book of baby stuff as I know that her baby book was never finished. I think it is hard to do after the first child. If I start now, I will still be lucky to be done by Christmas next year.
@peavey (16479)
• United States
3 Jan 09
Right now I'm working on a vest for myself, and have three other projects lined up. There's no best time to start on holiday crafts for me! If I finish up one thing in good time, I just think of another one to do... I wouldn't know what to do on Christmas Eve if I didn't have to sit up finishing up that one "last gift."
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
6 Jan 09
peavey, I remember my grandmother working on crafts for Christmas on Christmas Eve. She always said that Christmas isn't officially over until the Feast of the Epiphany in January. By then she was working on something either for Valentines Day, St. Patrick's Day or Easter. It seems like you have my grandmother's craft ethics...lol DCMerkle
• United States
1 Jan 09
This is a great thread! I always have a lot of projects started, I work on them,then set them aside to do others. At times it seems I will never finish anything then bam! I will finish several at once. Most of what I do is destined to a specific person but not at a specific time. I have on-going quilting near my sewing machine. Most of my quilting is from scrap fabrics and I love making reversable string type quilting blocks. I just used a bunch of these very colorful blocks in three very different tote bags. I have lots and lots of yarn, most of it is 4ply acrylic. I am crocheting some rugs with it, but I chain two strands together, roll into a ball then crochet with this into my rug. LOL, I think I have 4-5 rugs started right now. I do have different projects in different parts of the house, so where ever I am I can take a little crafting break.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
2 Jan 09
wifeofharvey, Thanks for the comment on the thread. When I started it I never thought that it would take off the way it did. Every time that I think I'm caught up, I find that there have been a few more responses. I've been here most of the day! I've got more projects started than I have finished. I so have to just stop doing that! I know if I concentrate on what I'm working on currently, I'd get more done. The rugs sound like a fun project and so does the quilting. I have so many bags around in my bedroom with different project to work on that sometimes I can't find the way to my bed!...lol DCMerkle
• Philippines
1 Jan 09
A sewed my stored clothes (rarely used) to fit the persons I love to give. Making the clothing updated on todays fashion really challenged me, and I enjoyed so much when the recipients are happy in wearing it!
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
2 Jan 09
islandrose, That is something that is really thinking there. What a great way to recycle clothing. I've been collecting old sheets and pillow cases. You can tear them in strips, braid them and then crochet them to make carry totes. I've seen that done with plastic bags as well. DCMerkle
@venshida (4837)
• United States
1 Jan 09
I am working on a pair of crochet slippers for my mom. I should finish it up today. I made her a pair for Christmas, and it was too small. I have discovered resin, and I am addicted so I might work on that. I think the best time to work on Christmas gifts are all year long. It makes it a lot less stressful around the holidays.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
1 Jan 09
venshida, I do want to try doing a pair of slippers for myself. That way I know if the sizing is right. All my family have big feet! So, if they fit me, then they will fit the other family memberss. Is resin like plaster craft? My grandmother use to pour her own molds for pug dog heads and then paint them up herself. She would sell them to other pug dog ownerss. They would lay flat on the walls. They were at least 4ilbs of plaster. DCMerkle
• United States
1 Jan 09
I made all my Christmas Prsents. My business is almost all Crafts. I make crochet hats in 3 styles but the beanies sell the best. I also tye dye clothing and make jewlery. So the Christmas presents were chinelle hats for my Grand Daughters and acrylic yarn beanies both my Grand Son and my Son. I told my Mom that I was making them all hats and she asked me to make her one too. I made her a Chinelle hat as well. Then everyone got semi precious bracelets with a caard zI wrote describing the properties of the stone beads. Everything was a hit. I am now making beanies as fast as I can for the last weekend I sell at my local show. I have to stop setting up because of disabilities. It is a shock to me but it has to happen. I have to move too. I will never stop making things and selling them in some other way. I like the exchange with people. It is really great to make things and find that people like them too and buy them. I have been a crafty person most all my life and thats 63 years now. I learned to crochet when I was 7 years old. For me it is an ongoing thing with production, craft projects galore. Now that I will be semi retired there are some projects I want to do and havn't been able to since I was so busy with big production. Honestly I love crafty stuff!!!
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
1 Jan 09
morningstar369, I'm disabled to and I guess that is why I have gone back into crocheting. I learned to crochet when I was around 13-14 years old. I would try to do some projects with crochet when I was raising my children, but all I managed to do was teach my children to crochet. I remember them sitting on the living room floor having a competition on who could make the longest chain the fastest..lol My grandmother was the crafty one. She did everything from sewing to painting. She made this big, beautiful nativity scene that was done out of paper mache. The tallest wiseman was about a foot and a half tall. She spray painted all of the pieces in gold gilt paint and then covered the wise men in pearls, gold chains and feathers. She even put different colored braiding along the hems of the robes. There were people that wanted her to make them a set, but she turned them down because it took her almost all of one year to complete that set. You must have a big collection of supplies for all the crafts that you do. I live in a small apartment and every now and then I have to go through my things and decide if I will ever get around to working with the stuff. If there are things that I know that I will never get to I donate them to someone else that I know will make good use of it all. I think my kids have fianly accepted the fact hat I am not just another nutsey, crafty person. My daughter, for Christmas, bought me a $30 gift certificate to A.C. Moore. I'm holding onto that until I know exactly what I'll need to buy, which in itself is a dangerous thing for me to do...lol DCMerkle