What was the first craft you ever learned and do you still do it today?

United States
January 8, 2007 1:44pm CST
I think our childhoods reflect what we do the rest of our lives. Art was always my favorite subject in grade school, but I think we only got to do it twice a week. Probably because of cost, we seemed to do a lot of paper crafts particularly with construction paper or manila paper or tissue paper. I remember doing egg art with real eggs, macaroni pictures, glue and glitter projects, paper mobiles and things with popsicle sticks or toothpicks. At home I learned to make crochet chains and gum wrapper chains and sewing with a needle and thread and on a sewing machine and also embroidery. What kinds of crafts were you exposed to when you were a child? And do you do crafts with your children?
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@yamiboo (466)
• Philippines
2 Feb 07
The first ever craft I learned from my mom eversince I was a kid was cross-stitching. It was so nice to finish up a pattern and have it framed. Total labor of love, hehe. I still do it today, but not as much as before. In fact, I have one "project" I started doing as a decoration for my daughter's room (she wasn't born yet at that time), and two years have passed, I haven't finished it yet, haha. I got into another craft, after I gave birth, which is scrapbooking. I'm just new at it, but it looks interesting and fun, especially if the subjects are my kids.
• United States
2 Feb 07
I read all the comments up to this point and gave nearly everyone plusses to help your ratings. It is fun to see how many people love crafts and how much it has added to their lives.
@ragmama (536)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Okay, we're kindred spirits on the cross stitching thing. I used to dabble at it, and I started a beautiful "babies don't keep" piece when I found out that I was pregnant. My daughter turned three in February, and it's still half-finished in the top of a closet. *sigh* Maybe for HER first child?! :)
• United States
22 Jan 07
When I was a child my Aunt taught me how to crochet. I have never been able to read patterns. I have thought many times about taking a class at the craft store just to learn how to. In the meantime though I am able to do very well with the stitches I know and the ones I make up LOL! I have made around 10 blankets. There is nothing better on a cold winter night than sitting watching TV and crocheting big blanket for one of my kids. Because I am slow and only work on them during the winter I usually get one done a year. I haven't done one for the past year though. I just can't afford the yarn. Is it just me or has it seemed to have gotten more expensive every year.
• United States
22 Jan 07
Yes and no. Everything in the USA has gone up in price it's true. But, thanks to internet shopping we can now bargain hunt like never before. I have found wool for as little as $1.50 a skein. And every yarn store has a clearance bin. Also, if you ask around, many people are happy to get rid of yarn that's been piling up in their house from people that gave up knitting or have unfinished projects. With the cost of storage people would rather just get rid of stuff rather than moving it to a new house or putting it in storage. Places like freecyle may be giving away yarn just for the taking. And I've found brand new skeins of yarn at thrift stores for as little as .50 a skein.
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• United States
31 Jan 07
I haven't shopped much on the internet, I think I will look around for some good deals. I have found some cheap yarn at yard sales in the past, but it never seems to be enough to get a good sized blanket out of. Thanks for the tips.
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• United States
18 Jan 07
I learned to sew when I was about 6 or 7. I made a doll size pillow with my mom and I still have it!
• United States
19 Jan 07
How precious that you still have that.
@samsonskola (3357)
• United States
1 Feb 07
When i was 7, my mother and I took a ceramics class, and i was hooked from there on! When my children were young, i opened a ceramic shop, and had another one several years later...i no longer have it, but my sister and i now do ceramics...it's very relaxing and good therapy for us.
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@bhawnam (1436)
• India
27 Jan 07
The very first craft i learned was a paper plane.. my mon taught me how to make it then a paper boat.. yes origami... it was the first thing i ever learned and that too when i was 2 yrs old then i learned crochet, embroidery, then applying mehendi and making rangolis.. all this till i was 10 yrs old.. then i learned stitching and candle making and all this from my mom.. then painting.. fabric painting.. tie and die...block printing..etc.. and i indulge in all this even today.. every diwali i make candles for my home and for gifts.. also i make rangoli on every festivals.. i stitch.. i knit and also apply henna.. so basically i am utilising everything that i ever learned from my mom.
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@lilaclady (28227)
• Australia
27 Jan 07
I have dabbled in many different crafts, I think the first one I probably really got interested in was making felt toys, my elder sister was making them so I started as well I think I have patterns for every type of animal.
@feralwoman (2199)
• Australia
22 Jan 07
When I was a kid I loved to paint and draw. I carried on with art classes throughout school and wanted to take it to a higher level when the time came. However, my father, a very strict and authoritarian man, made me do sciences, which I regret to this day. I was lucky enough to get employment where my creative and design side could be used - I was a graphic designer, editor and now a jewellery designer. I must say that my science background never got me anywhere lol.
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• United States
19 Jan 07
I was 11 years old when I learned how to knit. A year later my mother bought me a booklet that had patterns for mittens and other items to knit. I have been using that same mitten pattern ever since. I do not even need to look at the pattern to make the mittens as it is now imbedded in my brain.
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@suscan (1955)
• United States
8 Jan 07
We always had crafts at our house,my Mother did all kinds and she let us participate. We did macaroni wreaths and trees, candy trees for christmas,candles,and many others. I always let my son do what he was interested in as he was growing up. My favorite is crocheting,my grandmother taught me many years ago.
@craftwave (1338)
• United States
19 Jan 07
I believe the first craft I can remember being taught is knitting. I don't do the traditional way but now use the knitting looms.
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• United States
19 Jan 07
Thanks for responding. I really thought a lot more people would jump on, as there are tons of crafters out there. Oh well, maybe someone else will pick up this thread and run with it.
@craftwave (1338)
• United States
20 Jan 07
Maybe they didn't learn crafting until they were older. As a child I never thought I was cretive enough to do crafts only copy others work. It was after I graduated that I really started finding my craftiness coming out.
@sasklily (240)
• Canada
7 Feb 07
I think we all did the paper, macaroni, glue and glitter, crepe paper projects in school and I always enjoyed them. My first craft was being exposed to crocheting at an early age. I didn't learn it till later on (in my 20's) but we had a boarder when I was a child and I remember standing at her elbow and watch her do her crocheting hour after hour. I've gone on to do just about every craft there is, even teaching porcelain doll-making, but now I pretty much just stay with the crocheting. I have a houseful of craft supplies I've been trying to clear out and have lots more to go. Doing crafts can take over your house!
@freak369 (5122)
• United States
7 Feb 07
The first thing we did was crossstitch, I still do it from time to time but prefer to make up my own patterns. I guess my love of making greeting cards stems from primary school; the nuns were always trying to keep us busy but keep things cheap. We'd take old cards and make them into something new. To this day I never throw out cards but use them for other projects.
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• United States
4 Feb 07
I was a very crafty child. I used to make the puppet socks and put the buttons on them and other little things I found laying around. Also I learned how to do latch hook rug things, and absolutly loved making my first one: a grey shaggy dog with his tounge sticking out-so cute. I made little pillows from fabric I found around the house, and I learned to crochet right before entering jr. high school. OH and I don't know how I almost forgot I LOVED beads! I made tons of things and love making jewlry to this day. Now I am into the hemp jewlry and "friendship" braclets. I absolutly love crafts!!
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• United States
2 Feb 07
Auburn, This question kind of sort of makes me sad. The first thing that I learned how to do was embroidery. My mother taught me how to do that when I was 5 years old. Her stitches were perfect and she expected no less from me. I just gave the first potholders that I embroidered to my daughters for Christmas 2 years ago. They were yellowed with age, but after all they were 53 years old. My mother was very patient when teaching me the stitches and each of their names. The knot was the hardest for me to learn as I would most always forget to put the needle back through the second time at the end of the stich. Her work was impeccable. The back of a piece of her embroidery was ever as beautiful and perfect as the front. I never did get to be that good. Due to failing eyesight I had to give it up several years ago and I miss it a lot. Before I gave it up, however, I did a family tree for my in-laws and they entered it into a local fair where it won a blue ribbon. It now hangs on my living room wall. I like to think that my mother smiles at it. ~Donna
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@Modestah (11188)
• United States
6 Mar 07
When I was in grade school, every spring the school hosted activities season. We chose 2 activities we would like to learn and twice a week for 4 weeks we learned our first choice, then twice a week for the next 4 weeks we learned our second choice. Not long enough to perfect any craft but certainly enough to spark an interest and learn the basics...the classes ran about 2 hours I think, but my memory may be faulty.. and were run by volunteers, relatives of the students. From this program I learned how to crochet, cross stitch and crewel embroidery, I also took cooking once.
@Modestah (11188)
• United States
6 Mar 07
oops, I forgot to mention that I do still crochet and cook - but have not done any needlepoint in a good decade or so. probably not since I got online : /
@ragmama (536)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Aside from "kiddie crafts" with paper and such, the first real craft I learned was latch hook. Mom brought home a couple of kits for square rugs made from latch hook - I remember the first one she brought me was a unicorn, because I was really into those at the time. Seems like I had a few more, but the only other one I remember is a huge dinosaur rug - probably four times the size of the smaller ones. Come to think of it, I really don't remember if they were ever finished, or what might have happened to them. I haven't even thought of them in years... I do some crafts with my daughter, but she's only three - we do a lot of preschool stuff with coloring, cutting, gluing, glitter, etc. I'm looking forward to teaching her more as she gets older. She already REALLY wants to help me scrapbook!
@cabergren (1181)
• United States
11 Feb 07
I learned to sew and also to crochet. And I still do them today. I make custom made doll clothes and sell them on ebay. I also crochet doll clothes for the site. My seller name is lonewolfer54. Check me out.
• United States
10 Feb 07
the first one i learned was sewing doll clothes out of scraps. my grandmother used to brag i could sew a snop on when i was only 5, i keep wondering why i had a needle to sew with that young, lol. lots wouldn't dare these days. i haven't sewed doll clothes or anything else for a while, but have ventured into too many other needlecrafts, so i do keep busy. we also had the normal art activities in grade school, and i agree that was usually the fun part of school.
• United States
8 Feb 07
I did the usual crafts in school, making valentine cards, and decorations for the various holidays. But on my own, my first one was beading/jewelry making. I read and taught myself to bead when I was in my first year of college. Then I stopped for several years. Now I have a business making jewelry. I have added chainmail jewelry to my talents. I just love it.
@jillbeth (2710)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I remember doing a lot of construction paper crafts, cutting and pasting, popsicle sticks, the usual kid stuff. I learned to crochet when I was about nine, and started sewing soon after that. I would use my mom's fabric scraps to make Barbie doll clothes by hand, so then she taught me to use her sewing machine. I still enjoy sewing but don't do too much anymore besides mending and sewing on buttons. But I am still a crocheting fool! I have been trying to teach my granddaughter Alex, who just turned 11, to crochet, but it doesn't seem to hold her interest. But all the grandkids enjoy doing crafts with me. We made stained glass pictures with tissue paper and wax paper and they got a kick out of that. Alex likes stringing beads. I can also do needlepoint and embroidery but haven't done any for a while. Crochet is my first love, I guess!