Knitter's Review Forums
  The online community for readers of Knitter's Review.
  This week: What makes a great knitting retreat?
   > Have you subscribed yet?
Knitter's Review Forums
KR Home | My Profile | Register | Active Topics | Private Messages | Search | FAQ
 All Forums
 Things we do Besides Knitting
 Career Talk
 Are you a multi crafter?

Note: You must be registered in order to post a reply.
To register, click here. Registration is FREE!

Format Mode:
Format: BoldItalicizedUnderlineStrikethrough Align LeftCenteredAlign Right Horizontal Rule Insert HyperlinkInsert Email Insert CodeInsert QuoteInsert List

* Forum Code is ON
Smile [:)] Big Smile [:D] Cool [8D] Blush [:I]
Tongue [:P] Evil [):] Wink [;)] Clown [:o)]
Black Eye [B)] Eight Ball [8] Frown [:(] Shy [8)]
Shocked [:0] Angry [:(!] Dead [xx(] Sleepy [|)]
Kisses [:X] Approve [^] Disapprove [V] Question [?]


T O P I C    R E V I E W
zknit08 Posted - 05/22/2010 : 7:10:18 PM
I want to revive this thread with this question. If you are a multi crafter, what are they? How much time do you spend with each craft? Do you do more than one craft in one day? Can you think of any reason why you multi craft?

I will answer the above questions related to my multi-crafting.
I do: crochet, quilt, sew our clothes, knit(still learning),paper cut.
I cannot sew on my sewing machine for a long time like I used to, so when I get tired of sewing, I crochet or knit, then back to sewing again, the fatigue and stress on the muscles doing one craft is one reason I decided to multi craft. Another reason is that quilting satisfies my craving for working with different colors without spending a whole lot of money to get the colors I want. One can buy pre-cut fabric pieces in different color combinations. There are multi colored yarns per skein but there is not a whole lot of designing that you can do with these type of yarn, because the stitch pattern is lost due to color variations. Another reason is that, after doing the same craft over and over again, I get tired and I just need to do something else.
20   L A T E S T    R E P L I E S    (Newest First)
pjkite Posted - 07/28/2010 : 04:17:24 AM
Let see...

Weaving (2 multi-harness floor looms, several smaller looms)
Bobbin lace
Embroidery and needlepoint
Gourmet cooking
beading and other jewelry-making

While I don't do all of these every single day, I usually manage to fit in at least a couple of them. And I get through the entire list fairly often; mostly because I like to combine techniques on the same pieces.

Pamela Kite
East Tennessee

zknit08 Posted - 07/25/2010 : 2:48:03 PM
After reading about everyone's input, I know I'm in good company and it's ok to multicraft:)

Happy crafting everyone!
pinecone70 Posted - 07/10/2010 : 5:14:18 PM
I have many interests like most of you!

Knitting is my main thing, followed closely by bookbinding.
Also, watercolor
micro macrame
metallurgy (I trained as a jeweler)
woodworking/furniture refinishing
net tying and repair
I'm going to make a backstrap loom, one of those popsicle stick types, to see if I have any talent at weaving. (haven't tried since grade 5, LOL!)

Of all the crafts, I go back to knitting, and I've figured out that it's largely about the process. When I knit socks or a scarf, I know I will wear them, but my sweaters have been too big so far! I'll keep trying.
Homespun Posted - 07/09/2010 : 8:36:55 PM
Wow! I loved reading everyone's lists of crafts. It made me remember a few that I had forgotten about. I'm going to divide my list into things I still do and things I used to do but might like to do again. :)
Current crafts:
Knitting (not very good at this yet but do enjoy it)
Spinning (currently with a spindle and not very good but hoping to get a wheel very soon)

Crafts I have done in the past:
Quilting (my mom keeps trying to get me back into this)
Jewelry making
Cross stitch
prixby Posted - 07/06/2010 : 8:50:04 PM
I do some jewelry making/beading and I write fiction.

Life is what happens while we're listening to music.
Kade1301 Posted - 07/06/2010 : 11:58:56 AM
Spinning, knitting, weaving, crochet if required (the latter three with handwoven yarn, obviously), sewing. And I do remember macrame ...

Do plastering, tile-laying, painting (walls, not pictures) count as crafts?

Bye, Klara
joycet Posted - 07/06/2010 : 11:29:05 AM
I just saw this topic and enjoyed reading other crafts everyone does. My list is:

Knitting - First learned how to knit in girl scouts in grade school; made a hat and a blanket. I still have the blanket.
Crochet - Picked it up on my own; loved the portability and made quite a few items. I have lost interest in it of late though as I like the fabric that knitting creates better than crochet.
Cross Stitch
A little bit of sewing

I too tend to get bored with projects and like to switch around so I usually have several different projects going at one time.
eldergirl Posted - 06/05/2010 : 4:50:23 PM
I love Fran's story about wearing 15 petticoats to parties!

I do
embroidery: cross stitch, hardanger, the usual decorative embroidery, blackwork, pulled thread, et al. (tried and succeeded with a number of techniques, but have not carried on)
quilting (smaller projects)
sewing: mega part of my life, as custom dressmaker.
beading / jewelry
macrame: see GFTC's answer!
sketching, watercolors

Along with some of them, I have designed an original, or developed from a pattern, and I figure most of us have, and I think it's part of crafting...

I loved going back in memory about all this: I think I may have missed some stuff that I tried via classes. I'm limited now because of arthritis, but am poised but still dancing around the edges of spinning and ribbon embroidery.

I still have my "Learn How Book"!

zknit08 Posted - 06/05/2010 : 10:17:37 AM
This is exactly what I did, Fran, I attached the ruffle to the hip area of an under skirt (full slip)so that there is no bulk on the waistline. I finished the bottom edge of the crinoline with bias tape same color as the skirt. I decided for the crinoline to show 2 inches below the skirt hemline. I like the result so far. I was going to do it in tiers but because of lack of time and extensive labor that it will take for a tiered peticoat I decided to do one layer only.
fmarrs Posted - 06/02/2010 : 06:12:32 AM
Tulle ruffles easily because it has such large holes at the top. I did it right at the machine. I placed a pin about 3 inches from the sewing machine needle, then gathered up around 12 inches of fabric and wrapped the thread around the pin, sewed that section on the machine, then repined it. Your skirt will be fuller if you put this tulle ruffle at the hips rather then the waist. At the waist it just makes you look fat. In the fifties, poodle skirts were tapered, but if it was a full skirt, you wore as many petticoats as possible. I wore 15 to parties because that was all my sister and I owned.

busygirl Posted - 06/01/2010 : 8:23:23 PM
Here is my list:

Knitting - yes,most of the time
Crochet - very occasionally
Sewing - yes, but not as often as I would like to
Patchwork & quilting - a bit of basic patchwork,but would like to learn more
Beading -no
Embroidery - a little when I was younger, but it's not really 'my thing'.


My Pics
My Blog
zknit08 Posted - 05/31/2010 : 1:13:47 PM
Name the Crafts that you are currently doing along with crochet and/or knitting. I'll be sewing a poodle skirt and a peticoat to go with it. I've done a poodle skirt before but I've never done a peticoat with crinoline and all that. I'm sort of dreading the ruffling of the tulle. The 2 needs to be finished by June 11th.

Have fun multi-crafting!!!
Luann Posted - 05/26/2010 : 10:36:33 AM
I didn't include baking on my list because it's somehow separate from all my other hobbies. Perhaps because the results disappear so quickly around here...


Knit and let knit!
Lanea Posted - 05/26/2010 : 04:16:58 AM
Jan, I want to be a baker too! Except I don't, because it's too too hard. But I still daydream about it.

See proof of insanity:
Read my audiobook reviews:
Buy handmade sock knitting bags:
Join the KR Webring:
hillstreetmama Posted - 05/25/2010 : 4:07:17 PM
In order of crafts I have done:
hairpin lace
decoupage (yes, I remember the 70's!)
cross stitch
back to knitting

Now, it's primarily knitting, sewing, and quilting. I go in spurts. I'll go for months without sewing, then spend the entire weekend in my sewing room. Then I'll get on a knitting jag and mass produce hats, mittens, etc.

My other hobby is baking. If I win the lottery, I'm going to open a bakery and make pastries, breads and desserts. Maybe I'll even make the occasional pizza. (I'm getting pretty good at the Chicago style now)

KathyR Posted - 05/24/2010 : 3:09:01 PM
Isn't it funny how much of your life you can forget! Your answers have reminded me of other things I have tried and forgotten about - I did a little leather working at high school (made a belt) at the time when leather-worked bags were all the rage, I dabbled in rughooking (completed about 1/4 of a rug!), tried nalbinding in our spinners and weavers group and have also tried flax weaving using New Zealand flax (I've made a coouple of small kete - kits or tiny baskets). More as I remember them!


If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.
My Blog (Roselea Fibres)
Lanea Posted - 05/24/2010 : 07:55:35 AM
I do a number of crafts too. There are some others I'd like to try, but I worry about adding another expensive hobby. Here is my list, in order I learned the craft.

embroidery and crewel (these were my gateway crafts, which I was taught when I was 4. I had to learn to sew so I could use the things I embroidered, and then things got a bit out of control)
sewing (I still make lots of clothes and bags, and love making just the right thing to wear or use at home)
rug hooking (I just picked this back up again after ages)
tin punching
leather work (tooling, making shoes and bags, and some garment work and repair)
small weaving (inkles and card weaving)
dry-stack masonry

I wish I was better at crochet, but it makes me so frustrated. And I really, really wish I could draw. I've tried a number of other crafts as well but found them not as suitable for my skills--I'd include calligraphy, pottery, bronze casting, iron-working, and wood-carving in that list. I want to try several types of glass working, but have been holding off until I finish some current projects.

See proof of insanity:
Read my audiobook reviews:
Buy handmade sock knitting bags:
Join the KR Webring:
fiddlerbird555 Posted - 05/24/2010 : 05:42:40 AM
Knit & crochet, of course. I've done macrame, being in that age bracket. I did a lot of origami as a kid, but don't consider my skill level as "crafting". I never did learn to make THE CRANE, but I still whip out a paper cup at need. I sew Halloween costumes for my kids. (I stink, but they don't care) And I'm a musician.


I can go loopy, or I can knit. Your choice.
Luann Posted - 05/23/2010 : 6:30:15 PM
I love knitting so much that it really has crowded out the other fiber crafts. I learned to embroider when I was young and I really like it. A few years ago I worked some small needlepoint projects when I was in a knitting funk. I bought some kits (too many) and would like to get back to it. I have a fabric stash even though I am not a seamstress - I occasionally use it for lining bags or backing pillows. Crochet I do as necessary for knitting projects, I don't enjoy it very much.

From college up until I discovered knitting about 10 years, I made jewelry - mostly beading but also some macrame/hemp cord stuff. I still have my bead stash - it probably contains a similar investment to my yarn stash, yet it only occupies about the space of a briefcase. Unfortunately, beaded knitting holds little appeal for me, so I don't know if I'll ever do anything with them again.

I spent about 2 years deeply obsessed with origami. I also flirted with rubber stamping as a hobby (though I've had stamps for years). Those supplies I keep and occasionally dip into as Toddler Luann gets interested and more able to work on those kinds of projects.


Knit and let knit!
zknit08 Posted - 05/23/2010 : 6:03:18 PM
Wow!!! I'm impressed with you all for having tried so many crafts and your responses bring to the forefront of my memory some of the crafts that I also tried in the past that I'm not doing now, such as:
Macrame,tatting,embroidery,rug hooking, punch needle embroidery. The main thing is that I enjoyed the craft while I was doing them and when I did not enjoy doing them any more, I moved on to doing other crafts.
There are other crafts that I would like to try just for the fun of it and like Fran said to satisfy my "thirst for knowledge." Then there are other crafts that I would not dream of even trying but I admire those who do and willing to try.
Cheerleader9, I'm sorry that you developed a headache just thinking about it. I'm sorry too, Fran for your current health condition.

Have fun everyone in whatever crafts you are currently doing.


Knitter's Review Forums © 2001-2015 Knitter's Review Go To Top Of Page
This page was generated in 0.42 seconds. Snitz Forums 2000
line This week's bandwidth
kindly brought to you by

and by knitters like you.
How can I sponsor?

line subscribe to Knitter's Reviwe