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zknit08
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Posted - 05/22/2010 :  7:10:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit zknit08's Homepage Send zknit08 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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.

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GFTC
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Posted - 05/22/2010 :  8:03:48 PM  Show Profile  Visit GFTC's Homepage Send GFTC a Private Message  Reply with Quote
knit
crochet
needlepoint not recently; right after college I owned a needlepoint store
crewel embroidery not recently but I still own a denim jkt that I embroidered a looong time ago
quilting at one time but never made any large projects, mostly pillows, all by hand
macrame a long time ago, belts and hanging plant holders - did somebody say "I heart the '70's"?
decoupage oy vey, how old am I?
sewing no
beading no

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Cheerleader9
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Posted - 05/22/2010 :  8:42:15 PM  Show Profile Send Cheerleader9 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I will need to sleep on this before answering! I've got a headache just thinking about it.

I do remember someone saying that I was a true Gemini because: And I quote zknit08:
"Another reason is that, after doing the same craft over and over again, I get tired and I just need to do something else".

Macrame? Good grief GFTC that really does add years! My headache is getting worse!


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Sara Sue
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Posted - 05/22/2010 :  9:09:33 PM  Show Profile Send Sara Sue a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Knit
Crochet
Sew - Heirloom Children's Clothes
Quilt - Crazy Quilting
Needlepoint
Cross Stitch
Hand Embroidery
Smocking

Since my first grand baby is on the way, I've stuck with the knitting. If it's a girl, the sewing machine will be running hot. Also, as I've gotten older, I've done more knitting because the eyes just "ain't" what they used to be. Hubs says I own every visual aid known to man. He's younger than me and I'm just waiting for the day when he asks to borrow one of my "visual aids". It will be so sweet.
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Consuelo
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Posted - 05/22/2010 :  10:09:38 PM  Show Profile Send Consuelo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Knitting
Sewing
A little beading
A little jewerly making
Greeting Cards
A little needle punch
A little crochet
Furniture refinishing - occassionally

I tend to dive into one thing and work, work, work at it - compulsively. Then I may not do it for quite a while until another bug hits me and then off I go, diving head first into whatever tickles my fancy next.

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fmarrs
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Posted - 05/23/2010 :  05:17:42 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Because I now have tremors and visual problems, I can't do much anymore except knit on the days when the tremors are less. But I've done them all. When I was 8 I already knew how to crochet, basic sewing and had reknit a hole in a sock. My aunt gave me a gift for Christmas that was a basic book of instructions and the materials to do what was in the book. She asked me to make everything in the book for her and give it to her the next Christmas and I did it. It was called the 'How to" book and is still being sold 60 years later with instructions for knitting, crochet, embroidery, and tatting. When I was 21, she gave me another book "The Encyclopedia of needle and other crafts" which was a huge volume. I also worked my way through it except for a few things like glass blowing and forging. I knew I would never do some of them more than once but it was fun trying and filled my thirst for knowledge.

My first apartment was furnished with items that I refinished, reupholstered and redesigned. I had to laugh when my friends said that they couldn't afford new things like I had and I didn't tell them that I shopped at the junk yard and on sidewalks. The library is a good source of instructions for anything you don't know how to do. In some instances it cost more for the paint and fabric than for the item.

fran

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Jane
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Posted - 05/23/2010 :  05:53:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Fran, I learned to knit from that little book! I bought it at the Five and Dime.

Here's my list:
Knitting
Spinning
Watercolor
Collage
Crochet
Dyeing (a little, way back)
Cross stitch and embroidery
A little sewing, but I didn't enjoy it. Now I'll hem pants, and that's about it.
Yes, I used to macrame, and decoupage, too!
I know there are more, but they've receded into the dim recesses of my brain.


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Chayah
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Posted - 05/23/2010 :  07:12:35 AM  Show Profile Send Chayah a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Great topic! Now I mostly crochet or knit,currently crocheting sparsely. I have tried many crafts over the years, and I still have a macrame belt that I made in 1970 or so. Don't wear it, but wouldn't part with it.I also had that little learn-to-book, and used it a lot. Best to all, Chayah

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kbshee
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Posted - 05/23/2010 :  09:28:27 AM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here are mine:
knit: YES
crochet: Only if forced to
needlepoint: this used to be my craft until I discovered knitting. Have several WIPs.
crewel embroidery: Not since high school
quilting: I've done several quilts, all by hand
macrame: see GFTC's answer
decoupage: oh no, I'd make a mess
sewing: not since junior high. I'd like to though.
beading: just on knits.

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KathyR
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Posted - 05/23/2010 :  4:46:48 PM  Show Profile  Visit KathyR's Homepage Send KathyR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Do I, or have I ever, multi-craft? But of course! I've always been one of those people who love to learn more than they love to actually carry on doing, so the list of crafts I have attempted is way longer than those I actually carry on with today.

Knitting - I was taught the basics as a young child and ran with it from there. I never really laid it aside for for long and still do quite a bit of knitting to date.

Crochet - Taught myself when young, made a sleeveless jacket from "granny" squares but probably not a lot else. Comes in handy occasionally for edgings nowadays but otherwise I don't use the skill.

Tatting - Taught myself just because I wanted to know how. Never made anything and forget how to do it now!

Macrame - Yes, I'm old enough to have done this way back then! Made heaps of plant hangers, belts, bags, you name it! Got sick once in the middle of making a jute hanger, couldn't finish it and just thinking about macrame and jute to this day almost makes me want to throw up!

Embroidery - My Grandmother taught me some embroidery stitches when I was young and gave me some tray cloths to work on. I was never very good at keeping my stitches even and still can't do it well. Later on in life I tried candlewicking and had better success with that, for some reason.

Patchwork - Taught myself to patchwork by hand then went to some classes for machine patchworking - much easier! Still can't quilt well, though. Haven't done any for years.

Sewing - I was first taught sewing/dressmaking in primary school (age 10-12) then in high school (age 12-14). I learned enough skills there for me to use later in life to make some of my own clothes as well as many of my childrens' clothes. I took a more in-depth class later in life but, for some reason, this completely turned me off sewing. I seldom go near my machine now.

Spinning - I bought a kitset wheel after finishing high school, never having seen anyone spinning IRL before, to my knowledge. Using a little booklet I taught myself how to spin. Once I got married and had a family I took a fairly long sabbatical from spinning but it was always at the back of my mind. I tried unsuccessfully to get back to it a couple of times but finally, in 1991 I went on a paid course (yes, I was PAID to learn to spin! - it doesn't happen these days!) and revived all my old skills and also learned some new ones. I was completely hooked. Days, weeks and sometimes months can go by where I don't sit down at my wheel, but, I am still a spinner!

Weaving - Learned in a couple of classes, own a loom or twom ade a few things but don't do much these days.

There have been many other crafts I have dabbled in such as cross stitch (tapestry?), lampshade making, liquid embroidery (I was dreadful at it!) and dyeing (is that a craft? I still do this when I need/want to). Probably many more! I have even done some woodwork making a coffee table and a small shelf.

KathyR

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zknit08
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USA
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Posted - 05/23/2010 :  6:03:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit zknit08's Homepage Send zknit08 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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.

Zknit


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Luann
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Posted - 05/23/2010 :  6:30:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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.

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fiddlerbird555
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Posted - 05/24/2010 :  05:42:40 AM  Show Profile Send fiddlerbird555 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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.

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Lanea
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Posted - 05/24/2010 :  07:55:35 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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)
collage
decoupage
mosaic
beading
tin punching
leather work (tooling, making shoes and bags, and some garment work and repair)
spinning
small weaving (inkles and card weaving)
quilting
knitting
nalbinding
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.

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KathyR
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Posted - 05/24/2010 :  3:09:01 PM  Show Profile  Visit KathyR's Homepage Send KathyR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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!

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hillstreetmama
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Posted - 05/25/2010 :  4:07:17 PM  Show Profile Send hillstreetmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
In order of crafts I have done:
sewing
crochet
macrame
hairpin lace
embroidery
decoupage (yes, I remember the 70's!)
knitting
cross stitch
hardangar
quilting
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)

Jan
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Lanea
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Posted - 05/26/2010 :  04:16:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Jan, I want to be a baker too! Except I don't, because it's too too hard. But I still daydream about it.

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Luann
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Posted - 05/26/2010 :  10:36:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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...

Luann

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zknit08
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USA
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Posted - 05/31/2010 :  1:13:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit zknit08's Homepage Send zknit08 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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!!!

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busygirl
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Posted - 06/01/2010 :  8:23:23 PM  Show Profile Send busygirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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'.

Leslie

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fmarrs
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Posted - 06/02/2010 :  06:12:32 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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.

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