Sunday, July 31, 2011

It's time!

Yes, it's time to get this show back on the road!

I'll start by telling you that I tried starting a couple of "new" crafts. Emphasis on "try". Why I do this, I don't know. It's like the minute I need to get going on something I already know how to do (ie...sewing, crochet, sculpture, & a touch of weaving...) my mind starts to wander in another direction to try something new. I'm not sure why I do it, but I am, from now on, going to try and work on improving my "known" skills, instead of wandering from all over the place. Now with that said.....I will give a brief review on one of the things I tried.

Hook, Loop n Lock

While not for me, I highly recommend this craft, especially if you like Latch Hook (this is much quicker). This book gives excellent instruction, and lots of ideas. I should also mention that Theresa  Pulido is releasing a new book on this craft around the end of this Summer. Locking Loops: Unique Locker Hooking Handcrafts.
 This book looks excellent too, and offers lots of new ideas for this craft including a Bolero Sweater, Velvet Rose Necklace, Country French Hamper and tons more!

So now I am back to what I already know. Next project on the boards is recycling leather coats/jackets and sweaters into handbags/purses. Along with learning how to do Overlay crochet, and few other stitches I don't know yet.

So this is my new goal, I have 3 (ok 4) main things that I know, and always come back to. Sewing, crochet and sculpture and a little weaving, these are actually pretty large things in and of themselves, with so many variations. Now the test is for me to stick with these "projects". Don't get me wrong, I believe in learning new things, however I tend to get spread out all over the place and need to "stick closer to home", if you know what I mean. One other thing in the sculpture realm is wire so if you see wire remember that is part of my sculpture "thing", although I do polymer clay, mostly.

Oh, and lastly, I try to get my boys interested in creating from time to time. If I'm successful in getting all three of them to start/do a craft, I'll let you know. They are quite the age range (16, 13 & 8) and their interests are very different so when I am able to get them all interested in one thing, I am amazed!

So what will I be posting about tomorrow? Stay tuned.....