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Author Topic: Hobbies: Crafters  (Read 2553 times)

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Re: Crafters
« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2017, 10:59:14 am »


I do have pictures of my knitted creations - Here's my Icelandic wool full/queen sized blanket: https://www.dropbox.com/preview/Heirloom%20blanket.jpeg



So I did a thing last night and experimented with hand-dyeing my own yarn. I had some natural wool yarn that was boring me, so I decided to see what I could do with it. I used a turmeric dye fixed with homemade iron mordant solution. I think it turned out very nicely- it's a warm honey color and smells divine (turmeric smells sort of like earthy ginger, so that's what my yarn now smells of). I'm currently in the process of re-winding the yarn into hanks to make sure it didn't felt during the dyeing process.

I'm thinking I'll definitely do this again, next time with black walnut (there's a tree in my neighborhood I can scavenge fruit from) and then look into what I have in my garden that can be used for dye in the summer. I definitely need to invest in a swift though, winding this by hand on a chair back is tedious and makes for sore arms.

Also, fun story- when I started this last night my husband saw me puttering on the stove and asked what I was making. I said "dye" so naturally he responded "well it's fine if you don't want to tell me, but you don't need to be rude about it" lol

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Re: Crafters
« Reply #16 on: November 19, 2017, 07:36:20 pm »
So I did a thing last night and experimented with hand-dyeing my own yarn. I had some natural wool yarn that was boring me, so I decided to see what I could do with it. I used a turmeric dye fixed with homemade iron mordant solution. I think it turned out very nicely- it's a warm honey color and smells divine (turmeric smells sort of like earthy ginger, so that's what my yarn now smells of). I'm currently in the process of re-winding the yarn into hanks to make sure it didn't felt during the dyeing process.

That sounds awesome! Can you post pics?

I really want to try my hand at hand-dyeing yarn but it will have to wait until we have a house of our own and more space and spare time, I think.

Also, fun story- when I started this last night my husband saw me puttering on the stove and asked what I was making. I said "dye" so naturally he responded "well it's fine if you don't want to tell me, but you don't need to be rude about it" lol

 ;D That totally sounds like an exchange that would happen between me and Mr. Morag.
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Re: Crafters
« Reply #17 on: November 20, 2017, 07:33:16 am »
That sounds awesome! Can you post pics?

I really want to try my hand at hand-dyeing yarn but it will have to wait until we have a house of our own and more space and spare time, I think.

 ;D That totally sounds like an exchange that would happen between me and Mr. Morag.

Here's an awkwardly angled photo for you, the yarn is still drying in my shower. ;D

 I'll try to get a better one in sunlight once it's fully dry, the colors come out best in natural light. I picked out the pattern I want to use for it last night: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/new-fence it's just a matter of finishing at least 2 of the other projects I currently have on hooks/needles before I start a new one. Thank the gods I have a month off in December.

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Re: Crafters
« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2018, 09:14:25 pm »
Here's an awkwardly angled photo for you, the yarn is still drying in my shower. ;D

 I'll try to get a better one in sunlight once it's fully dry, the colors come out best in natural light. I picked out the pattern I want to use for it last night: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/new-fence it's just a matter of finishing at least 2 of the other projects I currently have on hooks/needles before I start a new one. Thank the gods I have a month off in December.


WOULD YOU BELIEVE I have had this thread sitting open in a tab for over a month now, meaning to reply every time I get back to it and never quite making it? Well, I have, because that is Classic Morag.

Anyway, your yarn looks AMAZING and the pattern looks like it would really work well for it. Did you get a chance to finish your other projects and start this one?
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Re: Crafters
« Reply #19 on: January 02, 2018, 10:10:30 pm »


WOULD YOU BELIEVE I have had this thread sitting open in a tab for over a month now, meaning to reply every time I get back to it and never quite making it? Well, I have, because that is Classic Morag.

Anyway, your yarn looks AMAZING and the pattern looks like it would really work well for it. Did you get a chance to finish your other projects and start this one?

LOL I can believe it, because I'm pretty sure I once got upset that no one responded to a post I had saved as draft instead of publishing.

I finished one of my two projects (This cowl for my daughter: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pride-of-the-winter-cowl) and I'm currently crocheting the sleeves of the lace sweater I'm making. I ended up doing a lot more reading and a lot less yarn crafts than I'd like, but with the semester starting again I'll have time to kill between classes. I think I can probably start on this sweater within a week.

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Re: Crafters
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2018, 11:10:46 pm »
Stumbled into this section of the forums and got me wondering if any of you have a specific craft(s) they love to do.


I am a bit of a hobby magpie, but these days I've been knitting as my primary crafting. This has included losing Christmas Crafting Chicken (I did not complete the project in time, it will have to be posted)
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Re: Crafters
« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2018, 11:54:18 pm »
I am a bit of a hobby magpie, but these days I've been knitting as my primary crafting. This has included losing Christmas Crafting Chicken (I did not complete the project in time, it will have to be posted)
That's frustrating.

I just finished the first iteration of my possibles bag, a magical whatnots bag I can carry when I'm wandering and store stuff in. I'm pretty happy because I very rarely finish things lately. XD

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Re: Crafters
« Reply #22 on: January 04, 2018, 01:11:04 am »
Stumbled into this section of the forums and got me wondering if any of you have a specific craft(s) they love to do.


Oh my. What don't I love? I do a lot of different crafts. I knit and crochet. I make candles both for just burning for fun and for spell and ritual work. I make handmade journals. I draw and paint. I do a little work with clay, especially for my altar.


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Re: Crafters
« Reply #23 on: January 04, 2018, 05:32:05 am »
I'm a crafter by profession, and do a lot of different things. Leather is one of my favorite things to do! Here's a couple of grimoires I have made!



These are gorgeous! So many beautiful things in this thread :)

I've been on the "brainy" side of art way more than on the "crafty" side of art and I love being creative but I tend to be a little bit detached from the primary materials (i make movies, music, etc but I'm always clumsy when it comes to actual crafts). Even for my paintings and animated movies I use the computer much more than actual materials, but the latest movie i've made was entirely drawn on paper and the backgrounds were carefully painted with pastels, paint and crayons, and it felt amazing, relaxing and a little bit meditative and magic to finally get some contact with materials and paper and to have color on my hands. This film definitely feels more crafty than what I usually do and I want to work like that more often!
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Re: Crafters
« Reply #24 on: January 04, 2018, 03:01:14 pm »


Stumbled into this section of the forums and got me wondering if any of you have a specific craft(s) they love to do.

I really enjoy crochet and cross stitching. It gives me a sense if pride when I accomplish a project that I put thought into and much energy. My recent complete crochet project was a Goddess doll to sit upon my altar :) Thought it would be great to share pictures, patterns and the like.


I love to knit and cross stitch, but I've been very blessed to be able to explore other crafts. I also do chainmail and have played with leather work when my husband was learning.
I still have Yule gifts to finish for people, as well as small gifts for myself. Currently working on a Turtles Journey Shawl for my mom. I don't have a good whole picture of it, so have a close up with one of my stitch markers

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Re: Crafters
« Reply #25 on: January 07, 2018, 04:43:17 pm »
I am a bit of a hobby magpie

That's a good description for me as well. I'm always looking for new projects and ideas to try, but, right now, I'm busy making star wands for a spring show.

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« Reply #26 on: January 08, 2018, 02:43:54 am »
That's a good description for me as well. I'm always looking for new projects and ideas to try, but, right now, I'm busy making star wands for a spring show.

Man, kiddo would love one of those. They're super cute!

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« Reply #27 on: January 08, 2018, 06:24:20 pm »
Man, kiddo would love one of those. They're super cute!

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« Reply #28 on: May 14, 2018, 11:35:59 am »
Thank you!

Resurrecting to post an update a long time in the making. I'm finally working on making the sweater vest with my hand-dyed yarn- here's an in-progress pic (with bonus cat)


And of course since I can never do just one thing at a time I also dyed a new lot of yarn for the next project. It was a gamble because I basically invested 600g of worsted weight wool into this without even knowing how it would turn out but I'm happy with it. The dye was comfrey with an iron mordant, and it turned out a sagey grey-green.


Once it stops dripping so much I'll be spreading it out more to dry better- I literally just hung it in my shower about 15 minutes ago and it's currently sitting over my dyepot to catch the drips. I'm planning on making this sweater with the yarn: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jarvis-71 Ravelry no longer has the pattern available but luckily I managed to download and save the PDF while it was still up there.

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Re: Crafters
« Reply #29 on: May 17, 2018, 07:38:08 pm »
Stumbled into this section of the forums and got me wondering if any of you have a specific craft(s) they love to do.

Well, I'm not much of a "crafter" myself. I prefer scholarly writing, as strange as that sounds. If I have a creative urge, I prefer to pour it into a thesis, an essay, or a speech.

That said, my parent's are both visual artists. My mother teaches art at a middle school, and my father created art as a secondary source of income. Mom primarily works with pottery, jewelry, and painting, dad does mixed media, collage, and drawing, among other things.

Growing up in that household, it was impossible for me NOT to learn how to do make things. Especially given that I live an a poor, rural area, and was always watching people fix or make tools. I have also taken several college courses on art, specifically printmaking, and plan to present a thesis on the history of printmaking.

I don't make stuff often, as a I said, I don't consider myself a crafter, but I do occasionally get the urge to create something. I made a Yantra (using a scratchboard) for my altar; it's basically a standard Kali Yantra, though with a somewhat unconventional color scheme. I also made a stained glass window based on the floor of a famous Spanish Mosque, but I haven't installed it yet because it's so fragile and very, very heavy. I did a painting of the Sierpinski triangle because I'm a nerd, and I find fractal geometry appealing.
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