No, really. I think there’s about 2,012 crafts I want to do.
I’ve been crocheting for about 2.5 years. When I first started, I saw a row counter bracelet that I wanted to make but decided to stick with crochet and not try and do beading/jewelry while learning a new craft. It’s not a difficult project but I would have needed new supplies. I made the row counter bracelet yesterday. A month ago I took a beginning beading class, got all the supplies, and have been picking up beads at about the rate one would expect for a crafter. I also started to make some chainmaille.
Doing something other than crochet has been a lot of fun. So this year I’m giving myself permission to try new things and not feel like I have to conquer or perfect one craft before trying new ones. The only limit I’m setting myself is on getting new materials. I have a lot of crafting supplies already and my mom has more. I’ll need to pick up some stuff but I’m going to going to crazy and get every tool that can be used for a craft.
After I finish up a scarf and a gift that I’m crocheting, I’ll start trying some other things. So far, this is what I want to do.
Embroidery I’ve been wanting to try my hand at embroidery for a few years now. I have some patterns from Sublime Stitching and everything I’ll need to use them. One of my Hanukkah presents was Embroider Everything Workshop which covers all kinds of embroidery and looks fun and easy to follow. I’d like to make a stitch journal for practice and then just do whatever project tickles my fancy.
Beading/jewelry making Going to keep on going with this. Making jewelry is fun and there’s almost immediate gratification. The kinds of things I’ve been making go quickly and sometimes I need that kind of project. I do want to try some stitching and I have a kit for that. I love that it doesn’t take anything complicated to make really nice stuff. There’s a book of earring projects that I love but I haven’t made anything from it. It’s inspirational and right now I need a jumping off point.
Chainmaille Still jewelry, but without the immediate gratification. I love metal. I love chainmaille. I’ve made one bracelet and it was with cheap but big and very pliable rings so it went quickly but I don’t want to use those rings again. Chainmaille will be more challenging for me since it’s more intricate and you have to stick to the pattern. I haven’t looked at how much good rings cost and I’m hoping I won’t be priced out of this craft. I want to make a chainmaille cube.
Sewing but not the kind my mom wants me to do. I still have no interest in using a sewing machine but I do want to make softies and felt toys. Those call for hand sewing. I think I’ll hold off on this until I’ve gotten some embroidery under my belt to try and get my hand steadier. My stitches are loose and messy right now.
Needle felting I’ve got all the stuff for this but never started. Another craft I want to make small things with. I really like the toys and other sculptural things people needle felt and have no interest in using felting as a decorative element. I Felt Awesome is the book I have and what got me to really want to felt. Lots of cute projects and great instructions.
I like crafts that give me lots of room to interpret and experiment while still having plenty of instruction for when I need it. Chainmaille is really the only craft I’m interested in where I’d have to (mostly) follow all instructions. But there’s still plenty of room to play there. I’ve got plenty of things to try and I’m going to do my best to get to each of them, give them the time needed for me to learn them and continue what I enjoy, and not feel like I can’t try something else or switch gears if I want to.