New Crafting Thread

lauraska's picture

With all the heavy discussions going on, on the boards, I thought I'd try to start something a little lighter...

We've talked about knitting and crafting before, but I thought I'd start a new thread...

What are your current craft projects? Is there a specific type of craft that you like most? If a crafting store were to open in the neighborhood, would you shop there? What would you like to see in the store?

I'm working on a bunch of things, these days. I have ideas in my head for a line of scarves that I'd like to knit and try to sell. I'm also learning how to knit my first pair of socks. In the non-knitting arena, I'm removing the carpet from our indoor stairs and trying my hand at painting/finishing them. I'm also planning to learn how to hang crown molding so I can do ours myself. And, if it's not already obvious, I'm toying with the idea of creating a business plan for a fiber/craft store of some sort in the area, since all we have is AC Moore in South Philly and a few yarns stores that aren't very convenient to the area. :)

Trixie's picture

I am always making a scarf

I am always making a scarf for somebody, but I get bored with nitting so I don't do any bigger projects than a hat or scarf. Right now I am working on a quilt. It will be my first full size quilt, I have only made small wall hangings before. I would be in heaven if a craft store orpened up, I would try to get a shift working there!

Therese's picture

I am making my first shawl.

I am making my first shawl. I think the neighborhood would REALLY benefit from a craft/art supply store!

lauraska's picture

Ain't nothin' wrong with

Ain't nothin' wrong with hats and scarves, Trixie! I've done stuff as tedious as sweaters and afghans, but I've come back to scarves as something easy and fast, that keeps my interest. And you can add embellishments to them that are quick and easy, but make them look really complicated and fancy!

Therese, I just finished my first shawl/big scarf project, a month ago. I'd been working on it for over a year. It's called a Clapotis and has a complicated drop stitch pattern that takes FOREVER. But shawls are so beautiful! Good luck!

So what kind of stuff would people want to find in a craft store? I'd like to keep it most fiber/needlework related, but if you have other ideas, bring it on!

jbette01's picture

omg you should have fishtown

omg you should have fishtown stitch and bit...I mean, complain.

see i dont do anything crafty, so I would just come to drink wine and observe all you ladies making wonderful homemade goods.

ahhhhhhh how relaxing

lauraska's picture

Athrahans and I tried to

Athrahans and I tried to start one and nobody came!

Trixie's picture

I'll come. I just don't

I'll come. I just don't think there should be any fees. Just bring your stuff and sit and stitch and bitc....

lauraska's picture

I've never heard of a stitch

I've never heard of a stitch and [hency] that charged a fee!

neilpuck's picture

I'm working on a steel

I'm working on a steel structure mimicking a fire escape that will serve as an entertainment center in my living room. Hopefully soon, I'll begin on some stained glass windows for the front of my house. Then again, I've been saying that for 2 years now.

rtsaidred's picture

I'm not crafty at all. In

I'm not crafty at all. In fact I'm anticraft. Home improvements I'm good at--drywalling, skimcoating, painting, etc. but not crafting.

Therese's picture

Would you try again with the

Would you try again with the group meeting? I'd totally come! I'd even offer to host. Feel free to PM me.

My neighbor is the queen of plastic canvas and would love an affordable place to buy her supplies, and I'd love knitting stuff. I bet the kids in the neighborhood would like those kind of rainy day craft projects, like potholder crocheting, watercolor sets, etc. I love this idea. Good luck!

nhb's picture

rtsaidred wrote:I'm not

rtsaidred wrote:

I'm not crafty at all. In fact I'm anticraft. Home improvements I'm good at--drywalling, skimcoating, painting, etc. but not crafting.

Me too, not very crafty, but i can cook & help with home improvements.

Trixie's picture

The bookstore GERM has a

The bookstore GERM has a crafty night, I just got on their mailing list. Monday, December 1, 6:30: Captivatin’ and craftivatin’! THE RETURN OF CRAFTIVITY

Trixie's picture

You know I had a hard time

You know I had a hard time finding quilt fabric. The fabric stores in South Philadelphia don't care quilting fabric. So I have been driving to Joann's in the suburbs when I have the time, in Springfield. I think there is a Joann's in North Philly, but I don't know where so I just keep trekking back to the burbs. You might want to consider carrying some quilting fabrics even if you just had a selection of fat quarters.

lexschmidt's picture

you should try spool -- its

you should try spool -- its on south street. maybe 23rd? they have the most beautiful fabrics -- and the owners are so nice. plus they have fun sewing classes, like a-line skirts and beginning quilting.

www.spoolsewing.com

and i am not affliated with them at all. my sis and i took a class there this summer and loved it.

boomer's picture

Jomar has serious craft

Jomar has serious craft appeal. Its a bargain bin place with an entire floor of fabric, buttons in boxes to sort through, and trim for just about anything. Its worth an hour or two on a Sat. There is one by the Target off Delaware Ave.

http://www.insiderpages.com/b/3720690920

PattiMey's picture

I am sure there would be a

I am sure there would be a great number of people happy to see a craft store open. I know a few crafters in the hood who will not go to Walmart and dread going to AC Moore or Michael's for yarn and party favor materials. Sounds like a good idea.

lauraska's picture

Are people interested in

Are people interested in learning how to knit? I was thinking of trying to find a space where I could offer classes. Maybe the Rec?

dmandy's picture

i would love to have a group

i would love to have a group in the neighborhood. Why don't we set up a meeting to see what kind of interest there is here. I'm available any time but Saturday until about 2:00 pm.

Donna Marie

lauraska's picture

You mean like a stitching

You mean like a stitching group? Sure! Athrahans where are you??

My last post was really just to see if there was any interest in taking knitting classes that you pay for, like if I were to have a shop and offer them there, or find a space where I could offer them. But I'm also into having a knitting circle, as well.

Trixie's picture

I went to Spool this

I went to Spool this Saturday. What a disappointment. All they have are these really modern, bright fabrics by this one designer. Everything is $9.99 a yard and up!!! The selection was minimal. If that is what you were looking for it would be great. I am more into country prints and homespuns for quilting. I will try Jomar next.

teener's picture

I am getting some wool for

I am getting some wool for needle felting this week! I went to ladies night at Portside with Trixie and had a blast. Needle felting is AWESOME. I don't really want to knit but if ya'll do something similiar to what Germ is hosting (with lots of people doing different crafty things) then I would be so down. I think it is a great idea to not stick with one type of craft-that way we can see what everyone else is doing and maybe have our interested peeked by it :)

Of course Lauraska you know if you open a store you will have to hire me for your purchasing needs and customer service :)

brooke's picture

Anyone left-handed? I'm

Anyone left-handed? I'm looking for someone who is or who can knit/crochet left-handed to self a sista out here. And no, I can't just watch and do it backwards.

lauraska's picture

I think knitting might be

I think knitting might be something you could do the same way whether you are right or left handed. Crocheting might be a bit harder, though.

tudor's picture

teener wrote:I am getting

teener wrote:

I am getting some wool for needle felting this week! I went to ladies night at Portside with Trixie and had a blast. Needle felting is AWESOME. I don't really want to knit but if ya'll do something similiar to what Germ is hosting (with lots of people doing different crafty things) then I would be so down. I think it is a great idea to not stick with one type of craft-that way we can see what everyone else is doing and maybe have our interested peeked by it :)

Of course Lauraska you know if you open a store you will have to hire me for your purchasing needs and customer service :)


I wonder if you could work something out with Portside. Some of their events seem to segue pretty well with crafting.

IMO it's kind of time consuming. I've done things like upholstering really old chairs that weren't worth it to get someone to do professionally. And I've made curtains when I couldn't find what I wanted (although now WalMart has a good curtain department so I wouldn't do it again).

Ftown66's picture

brooke wrote:Anyone

brooke wrote:

Anyone left-handed? I'm looking for someone who is or who can knit/crochet left-handed to self a sista out here. And no, I can't just watch and do it backwards.

have them sit directly across from you facing you. This will give you a mirror image of what your hands should do.

athrahans's picture

Hi lauraska! Sorry, I

Hi lauraska!

Sorry, I missed this thread. I was in Boston for several days. Of course, I would be up for another attempt at a crafting group.

I have a friend who is getting into quilting, so I would add quilting supplies to your business proposal.

I am not working on anything right now. I may have even forgotten how to crochet or knit. :) I had carpal tunnel during my pregnancy and I am just now back to 100%.

lauraska's picture

Yay! Okay, how do Sunday

Yay! Okay, how do Sunday afternoons look for folks? I know it's football season, but I guess I'm just assuming that most crafters are not also Iggles fans. Maybe we could start with once a month, maybe at Rocket Cat (accessible to both Fishtowners and East Kenzos), and then see how it goes?

PS I'm applying to teach a knitting class at Portside Arts Center. They already have an instructor for the beginners, so I was thinking of proposing a class for a specific project. Is there anything that the knitters have been dying to learn how to do? I could gear it towards any level, too. Just let me know!

athrahans's picture

Sunday afternoons usually

Sunday afternoons usually work for me.

I am a beginning knitter, so not sure what intermediate skills most people would be interested in right now. Maybe with the baby boom, you could do a class on baby knits?

Therese's picture

I like the idea of Sunday

I like the idea of Sunday afternoons! Whenever anyone's up for it, just put a new post on the site, and I'll be there if I'm home.

Trixie's picture

Could we have more than one

Could we have more than one group or more than one meeting day? Like a weekend group and an weekday, afterwork group? I work Sundays and so that's why I am asking. Monday night or Tuesday night would work for me. Is anyone thinking of starting a stitch and bitch? There isn't a S&B group in Philly.