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I am a 40 something year old mother of 2. I have always been interested in crafts since my sister and I spent summer weeks with my Grandmother, who was a very crafty lady, while my mother was in college. I mostly quilt since I seem to have an obsession with owning large quantities of fabric, but at one point or another think I have tried almost every craft out there.

Friday, April 25, 2008

crafting add

I can't think of too many crafts that I haven't tried. I remember when I was a child my mother sending my sister and I outside to pick up pine cones, horse chestnuts and other dried natural products. She would then cut us cardboard donuts and hand us some glue and we would make pine cone wreaths. When my mother went back to college we would spend a week each summer with my grandmother and she would always have a variety of crafting projects set up for us to do. I had a very crafty Girl Scout leader, who is now a fairly well known author, who taught us loads of new crafts. I started sewing my own clothes as a teenager. Since then I've tried knitting, crocheting, basket weaving, stained glass, folk painting, woodworking, stenciling, rug hooking, rug braiding, fabric dying, fabric marbling, wool applique, stitchery, doll making, of course quilting and many more I'm sure I am forgetting right now.
With each craft comes an assortment of equipment. I have so much stash I'm not sure how many lifetimes it will take before it is used. I have a yarn stash that is quite respectable and most sizes of knitting needle to go along with it. I have buckets of paints, unpainted wooden items, 4 sewing machines, scissors, needles, rotary cutters, cutting mats, scrap booking supplies, embroidery floss, buttons, battings, interfacings and so on according to pattern.
My friend April has decided that what I have is crafting ADD. She can recognize this condition because she suffers from it as well. This affliction is characterized by the inability to finish anything crafty. To get excited about new projects when you have multiple projects in various stages of completion. To purchase more unneeded supplies whenever you find something that strikes your fancy. And finally, the unreasonable desire to purchase more equipment to start yet another craft....
This is my latest desire. Growing up there was a woman in our town who made the most beautiful overshot coverlets, place mats and towels. I have 3 sets of her place mats that have been given to me over the years. I have always wanted to be able to make those. April started weaving a couple of years ago on a tabletop rigid heddle loom. I expressed to her my desire to learn overshot weaving so she graciously found this loom for me on craigslist. We went and looked at it a little over a week ago. It's a really good deal. I hadn't actually been shopping for a loom, but I wanted it. I wanted it very badly. Hmmmmm.. lets see. Son in college, bad economy, 2 houses because we haven't been able to sell our old one, a job that takes about 10 hours out of each day, gas way over $3.00, more to make than I will ever have time for and I can't stop obsessing about this loom. Maybe I need a support group for crafting ADD sufferers. "My name is Tami and I have crafting ADD."


Blogger Patti said...

So sorry . . . don't expect any help from we bloglanders . . . I think we all suffer from the same disease in one form or another LOL!

I don't blame you a bit for wanting that loom - looks like a beauty!

12:05 PM  
Blogger Libby said...

Hello, Tami . . . .


5:50 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Could have been me writing your post. Oh, get the loom, it is beautiful. I've done a little overshot weaving on floor looms over the years and it is GREAT. How much is the loom? I hope you've gotten it by now.

5:20 AM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Hehe, advice from someone who owned a floor loom and two table looms: GET IT!
Jeanne :)

11:54 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

I'm right there with you.....:)

8:29 PM  
Blogger Nines said...

there's something so exciting about a new project! hope you got the loom! She's a beaut!

8:57 AM  
Blogger YankeeQuilter said...

I had a loom that I gave away during a move and have regretted not keeping it. If you have someone who can teach you to use it then I say get it. Most of my ADD projects are put aside when I attempt to "teach myself" and get frustrated!

4:29 AM  
Blogger Rhonda said...

If you have a community arts program in your area see if they have a weaving program. Most do, or can hook you up with someone who can teach you. Since I also do a little of everything craft related (I spin,knit and do hundreds of other crafts), my role is going to be your enabler...LOL...
Plus, learning to weave will give you something to work on at home and you can use up and recycle old fabric if you deide to do rugs.Want to be supplied with any more excuses?
My name is Rhonda and I'm a craft addict...

8:58 AM  

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