Thursday, March 14, 2013

Crafting History

March is National Craft Month - maybe it is only in the US, but I am going with it! I thought I would share some of my addictions crafting history.

I was lucky enough to grow up in a house where people did things and made things. My Mother is an incredibly talented seamstress, she sewed all the time (she still does), she made most of our clothes growing up, plus she did crochet, knitting, needlepoint, weaving, macrame..., my Father fixed things (still does) and now also does the most amazing cross stitch, and needlepoint, this winter he tried rug hooking - for the first and only time he tells me, my oldest brother made beaded jewelry when we were young, my sister sews, she makes beautiful quilts....... How could anyone growing up in a house like that not be inspired to create!

My philosophy has always been "If someone else can do it, I can at least try".

I started young, making things for my dolls with scraps of fabric.


When I was in school in England (my Father was in the Air Force and we moved a lot), I was taught to crochet (the large granny square) by a school friend. I was then given a ball of red yarn and I crocheted my Barbie every article of clothing imaginable with that red yarn. We were also taught embroidery at school.


I still love embroidery, and have tried all kinds over the years. The crazy quilting was influenced by my Grandmother's crazy quilting.


I tat, plus I have made dolls and stuffed animals.


I knit - some practical,


some not so practical (one year I wanted to learn to follow knitting charts).


 I've done leather and bead work.


I did stained glass - I sold and taught it for years, I would love to get back into that, but it needs a dedicated space (it's messy).


I tried some wood working (my son's headboard).


I dabbled in pottery.


And of course I quilt! I have made mountains and buckets of quilts! These are just some that aren't on beds or walls.

This week is my 47th birthday and I thought it would be great to try a new craft!


 I got a spinning wheel for my birthday!!! It is an Ashford Kiwi 2.

It is so much fun learning something new! There is a whole new language - words like 'niddy noddy', 'lazy kate', and 'mother-of-all' are used in spinning, plus the challenge and reward of improving is so wonderful.

I bought the spinning wheel from Ottawa Fibre on Ebay, Heather, the owner, is terrific! She has  fabulous ratings on Ebay and Etsy, and I know why - when Ebay made a mistake, Heather very kindly sent me a generous bundle of fibre to spin. Thanks Heather! I'll have pictures soon.

I have added a linky if you would like to share how you are celebrating National Craft Month, or if you  want to share your crafting history (remember to link the specific post, not just your blog).

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

10 comments:

gwendiequilts said...

I thought I'd tried most all crafts but it turns out not nearly as many as you! I do think, though, that quilters in general are a very crafty bunch. Good luck with spinning! I can't wait to see what you make with your yarn.

Heather said...

I have also tried quite a variety of arts, though not as many as you. It's good to be adventurous even in crafting.

Cathy said...

Joanne, your talent is never ending. I love all that you do. Hugs

Sheila said...

Wow, I knew you were talented and have seen lots of your work but had no idea you were so multi talented . Wonderful work!!

Raewyn said...

Great idea with the linky idea Joanne - give me a few days and I will be back to link up! (How long will you leave it open for?). Exciting that your spinning wheel has arrived - I look forward to hearing about your adventures with it!

corina said...

Happy Birthday Joanne! Congrats on your new spinning wheel!

Me and My Stitches said...

Happy Birthday! We are the same age! Wow - I knew you were talented, but didn't know that you can do EVERYTHING!

darlomb said...

Happy Birthday, Joanne! I added a post I wrote in remembrance of my mom who taught me persistence, problem-solving, and the joy of creativity through crochet. I love your philosophy about trying new fiber arts and I can't wait to see the results of your latest venture with spinning.

SewCalGal said...

Fun craft projects. I think you'll like spinning. I have a friend that does it and found a good deal on a used loom. She makes beautiful projects with it, using her own yarns.

SewCalGal
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Barb said...

What a great tour of all your crafting talents!
You have really tried almost every kind I can think of!
How fun to see it, thanks for sharing your work with us.