What was your gateway craft?

United States
March 12, 2007 9:18am CST
Like many crafter I don't do just one type of craft. I knit, make jewelry, soap, cards....and other assorted other crafts that strike my fancy. But what was the craft that got you started, that really turned you into a "Crafter" with a capital "C"? For me I think it was the jewelry making. While now I tend to knit more, it was making jewelry with beads and wire that really got me addicted to crafting, and got me to get more involved with the crafting community. What about you?
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@krebstar5 (1267)
• United States
12 Mar 07
My gateway craft might have been knitting. I really can't remember, but I started knitting again in college to relax on the weekends and socialize with new friends. From that point on, I got the whole "I can make that, and I can make it BETTER!" mentality. As a result, I've tried my hand at all sort of different crafts just so that I can make things look just the way I want them to. Also, I've found that crafting is really great way to get involved in charity work. Not in addition to knitting, I've made soap, jewelry, embroidery, crocheted, stamped, scrap booked, you name it. Once you start, it seems you just can' stop because crafting is just such a great creative outlet.
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• United States
12 Mar 07
The first two crafts I was exposed to were crocheting and sewing. And of course coloring and making things out of paper. I don't remember a time when I didn't do crafts.
• United States
12 Mar 07
I'm also a big fan of the "Hey, I can do that!" mentality. Plus I really love when people come up to me and say "Hey, were did you get that? I love it." and I get to answer..."I made it myself!" :-)
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• United States
13 Mar 07
My Grandmother got me into crocheting and cloth painting when I was just a little kid. Later on I got addicted to latch hook rugs. My all time favorites are making polymer clay beads, sculpting and jewelry making.
• United States
13 Mar 07
I wish I was better at polymer clay stuff. I've seen some really amazing things made with it.
@gapeach65 (805)
• United States
13 Mar 07
That's a question I guess I've never really thought about. For years I've been doing various crafts, I took home economics in high school where I learned to crochet, how to sew, cross stitch, But in really thinking back, I'd have to say that the craft that got me started was in elementary school. I bought some seed beads and elastic string and made bracelets and rings (I probably even tried to sell some, I don't quite remember that). Then when I learned to cross stitch, I started making Christmas ornaments, which I have about 30 on my tree every year. I even dabbled in drying flowers, pottery and candle making. Now I focus more on helping my kids with projects, which is fun because I get to help teach them my tricks of the trade.
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• United States
13 Mar 07
I used to make beaded things in elementary school too. Do you remember those "friendship pins" that you would put on your shoes? They were basically a few beads on a safety pin. Ithink I should try to bring those back into style ;-)
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@eden32 (3976)
• United States
13 Mar 07
I learned to crochet when I was really little, maybe 4 or 5 years old and I have always loved it. I also remember always being into paper crafts, paper dolls & making collages.
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• United States
14 Mar 07
Like you, I do MANY crafts and am constantly adding to the list LOL Even though my first craft was crocheting, I think what really hooked me craft-wise was plastic canvas. I love making the 3 demensional objects.
• United States
15 Mar 07
I would love to see some of your work. I'm not exactly sure what plastic canvas is, but I saw your other post about your husband making you a bag. That sounds pretty cool.
• United States
13 Mar 07
Jewelry making has definitely my biggest gate way craft. I have done some soap and candle making, as well as scrapbooking, rubber stamping, sewing, and many others, but jewelry is the big thing for me. If anyone is interested in looking at some of my stuff, I just re-opened an etsy store, www.tangerinesunshine.etsy.com I don't have much stuff up there yet, but I have tomorrow (Tuesday) off of work, so I will be posting a few more things. Thanks!
• United States
13 Mar 07
Hi again Mango! I'll have to check out the updates to you shop. I only added one new item to mine. It's a start I guess ;-)
@jenn80 (64)
• Canada
18 May 07
For me, it was sewing. I'd been knitting for awhile, but with sewing I realised that I could really make stuff that I liked, and especially things to wear.
• United States
18 May 07
Crocheting was my first craft. However I would have to say that Plastic Canvas REALLY got me into doing crafts all the time.
@nancygibson (3737)
• France
7 Apr 07
I don't really know. I come from a very creative family and some of my earliest baby memories are of my mum showing me basic sewing or knitting or helping me paint or make things or dad letting me mess around in his workshop with him. By the time I could walk I was already doing a handful of crafts (probably very badly, but hey). I think when you grow up surrounded by creativity you never really think about it, you just see something and have a go without worrying about the logistics.