I am so anxious to have our first real meeting! In order to do so, I need a little input from those of you who would like to meet up. If you are interested and live in the Augusta-Metro area, I need you to answer a few questions for me, so I know what you would like to see. This is like voting, if you don't vote, you don't get a say, so vote already!
In order to plan what crafts we're going to teach, I need to know what you're interested in, as well as what you are able to teach.
Here are a few things that I can teach:
- Paper Quilling - If you are interested in learning paper quilling, you will need a few tools. I have plenty of paper to share, and the tools aren't really expensive. This isn't a widely-known craft, which is probably why I love it. (I like to do "different" things.) To see examples of quilling, check them out at Quilled Creations. They have a shop and a gallery to look at.
- Needle Tatting - I'm just learning needle tatting, but I've got the basics down well enough to get you started. If you would like to learn, you'll need tatting needles (the only place I found them locally is Hobby Lobby). This is also an obscure craft. Lots of people don't even know what you're talking about when you say "tatting". I'm planning on making jewelry with mine. If you would like to see some really impressive work, check out Needle Tatting and other Nonsense. Her video is what got me started with tatting, and she has some gorgeous pieces on her blog.
- Crochet - I have enough yarn and different crochet hooks to lend during a session for a few people, but you will need your own if you plan to continue on yourself.
- French Beaded Flowers - These flowers are absolutely gorgeous, and it's not terribly difficult! It might not be something you want to do with small children underfoot, since you are working with wire and beads. I learned a lot from Kimberly Chapman's site, including how to make a bead spinner.
- Sewing - We can break up sessions based on the project. I think a tote bag would be a good one, and maybe a child's dress for another. If you have a request for something you would like to see, let me know.
- Cooking and Baking - I used to cook for a living, you'll at least see me post recipes here from time to time.
- Paper Cutting - The art of using colored papers to create a piece of artwork. I don't have any pictures to show you right now, but I've done a few of these. I'll tell you right now, it's slow and tedious, depending on the subject matter, but it's really rewarding. Dude Craft did this tutorial for making a portrait, and I really can't wait to try. I just have to find just the right picture and work on it in Photoshop for a while first.
- Book binding - I've made a few hard cover blank journals. Nice if you want something customizable for the cover.
- Fused Plastic Bags - I have finally figured out the right temperature setting for my iron, but I've only made one tote bag out of it. I'm trying to think up a good way to use the plastic. This would be a good brainstorming session.
- Recycling Crafts - I've seen lots of things from making wall art out of toilet paper rolls (it didn't look cheesy, I promise), baskets made from newspaper or brown paper bags, and all sorts of things made from magazine pages. I'm all for the free craft supplies.
- Polymer Clay - I would particularly like to make some cute buttons. They're so expensive at the store.
- Stained glass/faux stained glass - It looks fun.
- Knitting - I know how to knit and purl, but that's about it.
- Quilting - I have made a small thing, but my corners just didn't line up all over.