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Most unusual craft?

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bella2 Mon 11-Dec-17 17:40:31

I was just wondering what is the most unusual craft that anyone does or has seen? Over the years I have tried several different crafts, with different mediums, but I always go back to crochet and have always done it alongside other crafts. But I like to try new ones, even if only once, cost permitting of course!

Jalima1108 Mon 11-Dec-17 17:48:03

Needle felting seems to be increasingly popular - I did try it during a tutorial but I wasn't very good and didn't enjoy it that much.
However, some people make amazing things.

Greyduster Mon 11-Dec-17 18:14:31

I had a flirtation with macrame in the late seventies, and got to be quite good at making plant pot hangers. Origami also, which I still have a go at occasionally. About the only unusual thing I do now is tie my own fishing flies, but both my fine manual dexterity and my eyesight has gone down the tubes this year, and the small specimens defeat me time after time. When you tie a good one and catch a fish on it, it is a very satisfactory feeling.

bella2 Mon 11-Dec-17 18:39:27

Needle felting I have never heard of so will look into that. I have never tried macrame, but it looks good. Origami I have tried but was rubbish at it!!

As for fishing flies - and fishing, yes, very satisfying to catch a fish - my DH used to go fishing.

Greyduster Mon 11-Dec-17 19:02:15

I made a rag rug last year - just a small one - using the same technique my mother and grandmother used to use. Cutting up the strips of old fabric is a bit of a pain, but the finished result was a free bedside rug for GS’s bedroom!

Antonia Mon 11-Dec-17 19:25:35

I do leatherwork which I sell on an American site, I love doing it.

Jalima1108 Mon 11-Dec-17 19:26:28

I have just remembered that I made a 'rag' wreath - the Christmassy fabric was new though, not rags.

Chewbacca Mon 11-Dec-17 19:29:35

I've done a few different crafts over the years but always go back to knitting, quilting, paper craft and cross stitching. I enjoyed pottery painting and would like to do that again but the class was deemed to be too small to be viable. I've got a 2 day course in mosaics booked for January which I'm looking forward to.

Jalima1108 Mon 11-Dec-17 19:32:05

I really need to get out more grin

PoshGran Mon 11-Dec-17 19:39:35

bella - I love hearing about crafts that others do too. I'm needle tatting when arthritic fingers permit.
Various small items including 3 handkerchief edgings completed, as well as more flippin' snowflakes for ambitious table cover tray cloth.
I ring the changes with a bit of knitting, cross-stitch & a lot of natter!

Grannyknot Mon 11-Dec-17 19:42:09

Baggs wins this one hands down. She makes temari balls (I think that's what they're called) ... grin

Greyduster Mon 11-Dec-17 19:49:39

Gosh, I just looked them up! They are fantastic!

tanith Mon 11-Dec-17 19:50:02

I made seashell pictures many years ago I wish I'd kept one as they turned out very pretty. Now it's usually knitting.

Jalima1108 Mon 11-Dec-17 19:51:19

We used to stick shells on to plant pots years ago!
DH made pictures out of matchsticks many aeons ago but we don't have any now.

Off to do my boring knitting grin

NanaandGrampy Mon 11-Dec-17 20:22:52

I have die cutting machine I use for papercraft and also vinyl , both on items and on clothing .

willsmadnan Mon 11-Dec-17 20:29:14

An early New Year resolution is to try needle felting. I've spent far too much time watching the tutorials on YouTube, I'm sure its not as easy as they make it look, but I'm going to give it a go. I think I'll start small with flowers, to perhaps make brooches and after that.... owls?... penguins?Or will it join the other craft stuff in the 'Abandoned Cupboard'?

marmar01 Mon 11-Dec-17 20:55:14

i do needle felting, only good at doing fairy's at the moment and i do like to sew, so new year i will have to do more of that .

bella2 Mon 11-Dec-17 21:09:08

I really need to get put more too! The temari balls are great. Don't think I could make one as good, lol. Needle felting looks lovely and needle tatting looks intricate. It is great to hear what others do and are keeping the old crafts going. The mosaics course sounds interesting, in fact all crafts are interesting! Its a shame we can't do everything.......

bella2 Mon 11-Dec-17 21:09:37

* out* more

Nanabilly Mon 11-Dec-17 21:28:25

I have done allsorts of crafts over the years but nothing unusual. Knitting , crochet, scrapbooking ,cardmaking, cross stitch, embroidery ,watercolour painting all stopped for now but am spending time doing rock painting with my little grandchildren where we paint and varnish them and then hide somewhere for others to find.

lexigran Mon 11-Dec-17 22:59:15

I'd never heard of tamari balls, so unusual. I might give that a go!

Jalima1108 Tue 12-Dec-17 17:24:12

Well, I am getting out quite a lot at the moment - but not to do craft, rather to eat

grannysyb Tue 12-Dec-17 20:41:53

I do sewing and upholstery. Have covered all the armchairs and the setter in the sitting room, and just finished a coat. Can't knit or crochet, don't think I could follow the patterns!

kathcraigs Tue 12-Dec-17 21:18:55

Oh my! l've never heard of temari balls, but they're beautiful! l need to try that!

NotTooOld Tue 12-Dec-17 22:22:48

The trouble with any craft is what to do with the object you have made. Ok, you can hang a picture on the wall or wear something knitted or crocheted, but with most crafts you end up with a load of things you have enjoyed making but now don't know what to do with. I was inspired by someone on GN who said she had bought a starter jewellery making kit and I put one in my Amazon basket but then I thought, what would I do with the jewellery I made? Could I sell it and, if so, how? Someone above sells leatherwork on an American website? How does that work? How do you find a website that will take your stuff?

What do others do with their completed craft work?