Thursday, March 24, 2011

How many is too many?

How many crafts to I need to learn? How many do I want to master?

My gut response is to answer "all of them" to both questions. Not very realistic I know. With my limited time available and my obsession to master my skills I fear that I do need to limit what I should be involved in. I don't use the word "dabble" because I tend to jump in too deep for that.

My latest delve into something new - weaving. Granted it was only a Schacht Cricket Loom I purchased but I did stay up late in the night watching Youtube videos of rigid heddle loom play and I completed the recommended first project the next day as soon as assembly was completed.

So what are some crafts have I indulged in during my lifetime?
  • Knitting - I'm sure I have the requisite 10,000 hrs under my belt with this craft
  • Crochet - perhaps 4000 hrs
  • Sewing - I made all my clothes for my Gr. 9 wardrobe. I've sewn for my children and household. I took sewing in Home Ec and Dressmaking all through high school. I have not made a lined tailored suit jacket for myself though.
  • Quiting - is that a separate craft? I've made a handful of quilts, some queen sized and some wall hanging sized, including 2 wedding gifts (of my own design) and one tribute quilt to a retiring school teacher. I've also designed quilted wallhangings as baby shower gifts - these have pockets for toys, etc. with appliqued lettering.
  • Hardanger embroidery - I've made two tablecloths (one a wedding present) as well as placemats. I had found it difficult to find sufficient counted thread material (this was in the 90s) but I probably could find plentiful supply online now.
  • Gift ribbon making - I make my own ribbons (my own design) for gifts - even going so far as to teach a class on it, a single class :). I also bought the ribbon making tool kit (the one that shreds).
  • Spinning - I purchased a spinning wheel (the Ashford Kiwi with extra bulky and high speed flyers). I haven't spun as much yardage as I intended to at first. I do not do novelty yarns - my aim is always to spin the finest singles possible to maximize yardage.
  • Needle felting - just started this one so have yet to see where this leads
  • Weaving - as mentioned above
I hope my quest for learning will continue the rest of my life. May it keep me sane and in good health and provide pleasure and enjoyment both to me and to the recipients of my handiwork.

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