Saturday, January 1, 2011

Crafting Heaven in 2011


When I started to learn to knit, I didn't have the time (working 40+ hrs a week) with a baby and a special needs child plus a traveling husband, to really practice. Oh, and we lived in the middle of nowhere at the time. The only exposure I'd had to fiber arts and traditional crafting arts was whatever I caught here or there on DIY.  I didn't come from a family that passed down any traditional crafts.  And I knew that this was something I desperately wanted in my life.  I knew I had to create.

Fast Foward 5 yrs and my knitting has progressed the most this past year, when I've given myself the gift of time a couple times a week to practice. Then I thought I would like to really get into crochet as well. I ran in to some ppl on the internet who did not like knit and crochet groups to mingle. But in my little knitting groups, it was my experience that some were knitting. Some were crocheting. Some brought in their quilting to show. And it was then that I realized that these fabulous women I meet in person and on the internet don't just knit or crochet. Some sew. Some quilt. Some tatt. Some perform bobbin lace. Some work in hairpin lace. Some enjoy dabbling in wool rug hooking while others prefer locker hook. Some like filet crochet, tunisian crochet. Some enjoy looms. Some like using knitting machines. Some prefer machine embroidery. Some prefer hand embroidery. Some work in Monk's Cloth.

I just think this is the tip of the iceberg here. These are true, fiber crafts - some near extinction, while others fairly new. So stop worrying about if you're a knitter or a crocheter. WHO CARES?! It's the CRAFT. The CREATION. The EXPANDING of our minds and love of art. I'm so eager to learn about all of these fascinating arts & crafts.

SO interested in learning them, that I am looking to promote guest bloggers to talk a bit about or demo a technique of a craft that many of us haven't picked up. Let's search our craft community for these talented ladies & gents and plead with them to introduce their craft(s) to us!  Because all craft is art.  Not every craft is for everyone.  But every craft is just as valid and amazing as any other.  I'm also including a Twitter Movement!  I'm calling it #CraftyBucketList.  So please Tweet, RT, and tell others to use hashtag - #CraftyBucketList when talking about a craft they'd like to learn or try.

If you, or someone you know has a terrific fiber craft they would be interested in demonstrating or being interviewed about, please contact me via the Contact Tab in the upper right of my blog.  If you're a company or publisher who would like to do a giveaway of a related item on my blog, please contact me immediately!

January - Bobbin Lace
February - Tatting & Cro-Tat
March - Wool Rug Hooking
April - Locker Hooking
May - Exploring Knots
June - Craft Sewing/Home Decor Sewing
July - Hand Sewing/Embroidery
Aug - Applique
Sept -Dec: TBD

I look forward to all of your responses as I know my readers will!



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6 comments:

  1. Try writing to Jenny from CraftTestDummies.com. She does just about every craft I can think of, except maybe knitting and crocheting :) Anyway, she could do a great post about making buttons for hand-knit sweaters, or beaded stitch markers, or hand-made tags, etc. I'm sure she'd do a great job.

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  2. I am definitely in crafting heaven with your blog! (Now, there's a sentence I never thought I'd write!) :) I never thought of myself as particularly crafty even though I come from a long line of women who knit, crochet, sew, quilt and tat. Now that I've started knitting, it's like a whole new world has opened up. I'm so glad you are making a space for all these artforms to be in one place!

    -Amanda

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  3. Thanks, Amanda! I'm so glad you stopped by! :)

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  4. You should definitely give a look at card or tablet weaving, too, for those TBD months. It's fast, easy, CHEAP but still has enough depth and complexity to be endlessly interesting.
    Start with Linda Hendrickson's website. Also you can email me at my public email mitzycarter@hotmail.com if you want more info.

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  5. Weaving sounds like fun!!! I may need to add it!!!! :)

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