I have, on this site, blogged about various interests of mine, over the past year. I realised the other day that I have not really mentioned my interests in crafts. I have always had some craft on the go for almost as long as I can claim the same for books. Embroidery, drawn thread work, later crocheting and crazy patchwork. As with my books, I find it interesting to find the links of craft with time and history going back far into my parents’ and grandparents’ past. Connections through the ages fascinate me.
I am not a brilliant craftsperson. I enjoy doing many things, some of which have continued from my childhood six decades ago and some are new ones learnt since my retirement. As I grow older the whole application of my interests is having to change slowly but radically. As I grow older eyes start to dim, hands begin to twist and loose their dexterity, sitting becomes a chore of stiff limbs, but it is in the nature of the beast not to say nay to something that is still enjoyable.
I will be putting some blogs up in future weeks on this subject They won’t be so much about the changes in ability, much more about history, mine and my forebears, of my life in craft. Hopefully some links to interesting sites, craft and social history. Stories about my never ending stash, and everyone else’s!
I have dabbled in many crafts over my lifetime never becoming an ‘expert’ in any of them. The ones that have stayed favourites of mine: Free form crochet, crochet, felting, doll-making, embroidery, crazy patchwork, tapestry (woven), lace making, dyeing, beadwork, gardening, cooking and photography.
Why gardening in a craft blog? Well, although I do use chemical dyes I also enjoy natural dyeing and that involves using plants – as often as possible from the garden. And cooking? Well, if I grow onions for stews and steaks their skins can be used to produce a luscious brown dye and rhubarb produces not just delicious crumbles but a beautiful gold dye as well.
Reading is my passion and there are so many wonderful books crammed to spilling over with ideas and inspiration as well as instruction. Many of my skills I have taught myself from books or indeed magazines. There will be no patterns/ instructions just occasional wanders through my stash and time.