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(1,696 posts)
Thu May 19, 2011, 03:26 PM May 2011

I love to do crafts....when I have the time

...crochet and making dance costumes are mostly what I do....but I have done stenciling on walls and notecards, knitting, embroidery, needlepoint, oil painting, beading....

I've tried just about everything!

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I love to do crafts....when I have the time (Original Post) ccinamon May 2011 OP
I usually think of projects as more of Artistry than crafts MagickMuffin May 2011 #1
I'm mostly into paper crafts SouthernLiberal May 2011 #2
I'm a general fiber floozie Warpy May 2011 #3
me too, another fiberista shanti Dec 2011 #6
just found flannel for $2.99 handmade34 Dec 2011 #7
I'm almost totally needlearts - embroidery and needlepoint csziggy May 2011 #4
I don't seem to have KC May 2011 #5
I'm an avid counted cross stitcher. peacefreak Dec 2011 #8
Me too. Tindalos Dec 2011 #9
I'm an avid quilter, and also do a little crochet and counted cross-stitch. kcass1954 Dec 2011 #10
I'm retired and seems like I have less time for crafts now. dem in texas Oct 2015 #14
Finished my red and white quilt top dem in texas Jan 2016 #15
my crafty thing for 12-12 handmade34 Dec 2011 #11
straw crafts paulinerussell Nov 2012 #12
need help too 2478shilpi Apr 2015 #13


(15,933 posts)
1. I usually think of projects as more of Artistry than crafts
Thu May 19, 2011, 04:18 PM
May 2011

But I can understand why the term craft is applied to these categories.

I love to crochet, and do other hands on projects. However, I find most of my time is spent on digital artwork.

Once DU3 gets up and running full time perhaps you could post some pics of your work.


(407 posts)
2. I'm mostly into paper crafts
Thu May 19, 2011, 05:05 PM
May 2011

I make all my own cards. I understand about not having time. Sometimes these days, it seems like there is no time left in my day for me. And I don't even have kids!


(111,211 posts)
3. I'm a general fiber floozie
Thu May 19, 2011, 07:39 PM
May 2011

and divide my time among spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet, and anything else I can figure out how to do with either yarn or raw fiber.

This group doesn't get a whole lot of love, it mostly goes in fits and starts because I guess we'd rather do this stuff than write about doing it.


(21,675 posts)
6. me too, another fiberista
Tue Dec 6, 2011, 06:07 PM
Dec 2011
knit, crochet, spin, bead....used to sew, but sadly, it's more expensive to sew something yourself than to buy it. i wanted to make some pj's, but when i saw the price of plain old flannel ($7 and up per yard!), it quickly put me off.


(22,756 posts)
7. just found flannel for $2.99
Tue Dec 6, 2011, 06:21 PM
Dec 2011

but I do almost all of my creating from previously used fabrics... yes sewing can be very expensive


(34,133 posts)
4. I'm almost totally needlearts - embroidery and needlepoint
Thu May 19, 2011, 11:28 PM
May 2011

I do a lot of different types of each - right now I am working on a tradition needlepoint canvas all in basketweave, a whitework project with withdrawn and pulled thread, a crewel project with emphasis on shading and needlepainting, and will be starting several stumpwork projects soon.

But I've had exposure to weaving, quilting, beading, sewing (including costuming), leatherwork, braiding, ceramics, wood carving, carpentry, and a lot of other stuff.

Now that I am retired, I should have time, but I seem to stay busier than ever with cooking, baking, needlework, genealogy, and birdwatching!


(10,525 posts)
9. Me too.
Wed Dec 7, 2011, 01:50 AM
Dec 2011

Not much time lately, but there's several projects I need to finish and lots more to start - knitting, sewing, crocheting.


(1,819 posts)
10. I'm an avid quilter, and also do a little crochet and counted cross-stitch.
Sun Dec 11, 2011, 01:48 PM
Dec 2011

With cotton prices through the roof, I'm mostly making do with fabric in my stash. My fabric purchases are way down this last year - I've only bought flannel (for rag quilts) and solids.

I don't do any complicated crochet these days, mostly pot holders and an occasional ripple quilt for a baby gift.

I also dabble in a bit a beaded embroidery.

I sold a bunch of old cross-stitch books and magazines last year, and gave a ton of unused floss to my best friend's daughter. I only kept supplies for a handful of projects that I really want to make.

I did needlepoint in college, and learned to knit in high school, but never really kept up with those. Before I had kids, I did a lot of clothing construction - suits with lined jackets and bound buttonholes, pants with fly-front zippers, slash pockets and french seams.

Time is a huge factor. And when we retire in a couple of years, I'll have more time but much less money. Can't win!

dem in texas

(2,673 posts)
14. I'm retired and seems like I have less time for crafts now.
Fri Oct 9, 2015, 12:24 PM
Oct 2015

I done just about every craft you can image, Sewing is my core craft, although I have done knitting, crocheting, teddy bear making, collages, beading and many other things.

Right now, I am really into working with recycled fabrics and have made lots of cute things. One is a skirt made of flannel shirts, I have made about 6 of these. Another is a vest made of felted sweaters. Also made cute baby caps using felted cashmere sweaters.
Right now I am making a quilt, using new and old fabrics.

But we stay so busy since we retired that I have a hard time setting aside some work hours for my crafting projects. I am getting ready to go upstairs and sew some more blocks for my quilt.

dem in texas

(2,673 posts)
15. Finished my red and white quilt top
Fri Jan 8, 2016, 02:55 AM
Jan 2016

Finished my red and white quilt done in the Ohio Star pattern. Taking it to the quilt shop tomorrow to see about having it quilted.


(22,756 posts)
11. my crafty thing for 12-12
Mon Dec 12, 2011, 06:11 PM
Dec 2011

i found some vines out walking and made this today... was going to decorate it but like the rustic look

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