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  • #159054

    lgmost
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    I love all kinds of handicrafts, e.g. beads, clay, silk ribbon embroidery, patchwork, rubber stamp, paper-cut etc. In fact, each of them requires certain tools and materials. They take up a lot of space especially if I collect complete color set of materials. Well, making handicrafts is one of my hobbies. But seems I can’t “afford” the space, the finished products become “stuff” eventually. It prevents me to be devoted to it as a hobby. As you can imagine you put most effort to make it, but you have to discard it finally, it is so painful. Handicraft lovers, do you keep all the finished products? Do you have any experiences to share? Much appreciated ^^

  • #178309

    thewritegirl
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    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    I think it’s probably best to focus your efforts on just one type of craft, so you don’t have a little of this and a little of that adding up to a whole bunch of clutter. Also, when you complete a piece, how about gifting it, or selling it on etsy? Maybe take a picture first, if you have trouble letting go of it.

  • #178317

    jbeany
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    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    I save some things and sell a lot of it. With most hobby crafts, you probably won’t get all your time paid for, but it is lovely to have money for more supplies, plus a little extra for profit. Plus, there’s a great ego boost in having someone say “Ooooh, look, I want that!” when it is something you have made. As writegirl said, you can start with http://www.etsy.com if you want to do internet. Personally, I prefer craft shows – no fussing with downloading pictures and answering emails, just a booth or a table for a day or a weekend. I also have sold a lot of my crafts to a friend with a gift shop – it’s good to have connections, but there are consignment stores out there, too.

    Other options – gifts, of course. I don’t think I’ve gotten an invite to a wedding, baby shower or graduation party that hasn’t sent me off to my fabric stash to start a quilt. My friends get jewelry, purses, fabric storage bins….whatever my current interest is begets this year’s Christmas and birthday gifts.

    Don’t forget charity donations. Plenty of places have organized projects that you can jump into – like the Linus project for kid’s blankets. I’ve seen similar things for knitters, etc. Charity auctions are good, too. You can donate smaller things for silent auctions, or work on a big project like a full size quilt for a big raffle. Your hobbies can turn into a big help for your favorite cause, plus, you don’t have anything left except a picture and grateful organizers.

    I’ve just signed up for another option for uncluttering craft supplies – I’m teaching craft classes for a local cancer support group. I’m starting with some crafts I either haven’t done in a while, or ones that I have a glut of supplies. I bring my supplies, teach everyone how to do something fun, and I leave with the satisfaction of helping plus the added bonus of much less stuff wedged into my craft room. I’m guessing you could find a group somewhere in your area that would love to have an art session – schools, church groups, senior centers, etc.

    I haven’t narrowed to one hobby at all – but I have taken serious stock of old hobbies, and made sure to eliminate supplies for crafts that I haven’t made in 2 or more years.

  • #178323

    Vivace
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    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    I end up giving my paintings away a lot because it’s easier than keeping them (canvas ones take up a lot of space) but I’m thinking about switching to watercolor because it’s less space-intensive to keep watercolor paper. XD

  • #178326

    Rosa
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    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    I give away most things I make, but all my friends are crafty too – I just decluttered my scarf drawer a few weeks ago. I had 22 handmade scarves!

    One thing that has really helped me is joining a craft group. Not only do I finish more things, but I give away materials and if I need something I can usually borrow or be given a small amount, instead of going out and buying a whole skein/bolt/kit.

  • #178335

    lgmost
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    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    Thanks all of you. The opinions are very useful, I never thought of that. Sometimes, I make the craft by following a book. If this is the case, should I allow to sell it on the Internet? Will it involve copyright violation?

  • #178337

    Sesberry
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    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    Ah, I am the same. I’m currently doing a big sort out of my craft stuff, really needed as I have the tools and equipment for silver smithing, knitting, weaving, spinning and sewing.

    (Which, on the stuff and clutter side of things – is 3 tool boxes, a box full of beading bits, a sewing machine, a dress form, a loom, a spinning wheel, a sewing box, a box full of knitting needles etc and crates and crates of yarn and fabric. EEeek!)

    And I use it all regularly. Which results in a lot of finished things. A lot of what I make is for gifts, it gives me the joy of creating things that can be given away without feeling horrid about it. I like knitting socks (they wear out and have to be replaced) Some things I made to learn the technique – if they’re good I have no qualms about giving them away. If they didn’t work and for whatever reason the component parts can’t be reused I’ll just chuck/recycle it. Some things I have now I’m thinking of repurposing – ie I have a couple of woven wool scarves that could be felted, one to be a new guitar strap (which I need) and one to be a bag my Mom would love.

    And now when I make things for me I only make things that are needed – a dress for a wedding, or a warm sweater or a woven blanket for the (rather chilly) guest room. And I’ve stopped buying yarn or fabric unless I’ve got a genuine need to do so.

    A lot of my problems stemmed from using up odds and ends of yarn and making things I have no need for. Now I’ve got a loom I’ve been turning some of it into scrappity blankets which are needed and used and the really small lengths are just being chucked into the textile recycling bag. I’m also about to sell a load of yarn on ebay – it’s stuff like whole skeins left over from projects that I won’t reuse and skeins I got given ages ago – a lot of 3-ply wool that I just don’t have the patience for. I’ll use any money I make to help buy some nice storage for the yarn that’s worth keeping.

    And I uncluttered a lot of stuff that didn’t get used – all my fimo, most of my beading stuff, all my card making bits, candle making equipment etc etc. One day I might even be able to stick to one craft (haha!) and really streamline it.

  • #178338

    Sesberry
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    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    Ah, I am the same. I’m currently doing a big sort out of my craft stuff, really needed as I have the tools and equipment for silver smithing, knitting, weaving, spinning and sewing.

    (Which, on the stuff and clutter side of things – is 3 tool boxes, a box full of beading bits, a sewing machine, a dress form, a loom, a spinning wheel, a sewing box, a box full of knitting needles etc and crates and crates of yarn and fabric. EEeek!)

    And I use it all regularly. Which results in a lot of finished things. A lot of what I make is for gifts, it gives me the joy of creating things that can be given away without feeling horrid about it. I like knitting socks (they wear out and have to be replaced) Some things I made to learn the technique – if they’re good I have no qualms about giving them away. If they didn’t work and for whatever reason the component parts can’t be reused I’ll just chuck/recycle it. Some things I have now I’m thinking of repurposing – ie I have a couple of woven wool scarves that could be felted, one to be a new guitar strap (which I need) and one to be a bag my Mom would love.

    And now when I make things for me I only make things that are needed – a dress for a wedding, or a warm sweater or a woven blanket for the (rather chilly) guest room. And I’ve stopped buying yarn or fabric unless I’ve got a genuine need to do so.

    A lot of my problems stemmed from using up odds and ends of yarn and making things I have no need for. Now I’ve got a loom I’ve been turning some of it into scrappity blankets which are needed and used and the really small lengths are just being chucked into the textile recycling bag. I’m also about to sell a load of yarn on ebay – it’s stuff like whole skeins left over from projects that I won’t reuse and skeins I got given ages ago – a lot of 3-ply wool that I just don’t have the patience for. I’ll use any money I make to help buy some nice storage for the yarn that’s worth keeping.

    And I uncluttered a lot of stuff that didn’t get used – all my fimo, most of my beading stuff, all my card making bits, candle making equipment etc etc. One day I might even be able to stick to one craft (haha!) and really streamline it.

  • #178339

    MelMc
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    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    I had to have a talk with myself a while ago about my serial crafting habits. Crafting loves come and go and I couldn’t keep all the supplies for something I hadn’t touched in years. I allowed myself to keep one photo box of the most hard to find supplies in case the love ever returned and donated everything else. For example, at one time I made dolls. Doll hair is easy to come by so that was donated. The eight inch long sculpting needles were hard to get so those went in the box. Someday I might find I can get rid of more but for the moment I have a small neat stack of labeled photo boxes instead of a wall of rubbermaid tubs.

  • #178340

    Claycat
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    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    I love making different types of things, too, lgmost. I’m really enjoying my part time job right now, because I help to make things that are sold in the store where I work. Last week I was gluing on rhinestones. This week I’m doing stenciling on old wood. It has been a lot of fun, because most of the supplies come from my boss and go back to her when I’m finished. Plus, the item goes up for sale in her store, so it doesn’t stay at my house.

    I still have supplies of my own that I need to deal with, but working on these other things has sparked my desire to complete some of my own projects.

    My suggestion is that you start making original pieces and sell them on etsy as other posters have recommended. I know that doesn’t help with your clutter problem, but it might turn it into a money maker. 🙂

  • #178342

    Nithy
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    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    I knit, I scrapbook, I bead, and I repurpose (sewing old t-shirts into new skirts, etc) as well as randomly creating things when I need them (making wands, radish earrings, etc for Harry Potter midnight shows) so I have a lot of yarn, a big plastic tub of old t-shirts, and a ton more random crafty stuff.

    I started by setting myself a limit. I have one set of shelves, and any craft stuff that didn’t fit on the shelves I didn’t keep. I have just about everything in clear containers. Clear plastic tubs for the supplies and clear bags for the yarn. This means I can always see exactly what I have, and I can periodically look through and get rid of the yarns that I’m not going to use.

    I’ve been able to sell some of my handknits, I’ve donated some, I’ve gifted some, and I still have two full plastic tubs of finished projects to get rid of.

  • #178345

    JuliaJayne
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    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    I like most crafts too, or at least the idea of them.

    Last year, in the spirit of decluttering, I decided to make a quilt out of the many cotton fabrics I had accumulated. I found a super easy pattern, and pieced the front and the back, which used up a lot of the fabrics. I enjoyed the process for many reasons, which surprised me, and decided to stick with it. Over the past year, I got rid of nearly all of the other craft supplies, and any fabrics I didn’t care for or didn’t have a vision for. It was very liberating once I was no longer burden by all the excess, and it is equally very liberating to not troll the craft stores buying supplies for whatever craft struck my fancy at the time. Now, I have only supplies for specific projects and I will not buy any more fabrics until my current projects are completed.

    All the crafting I had done led me to this point, which is knowing what I prefer to do. Maybe you need to give it some thought… decide what you enjoy doing the most, and what you enjoy the least. Get rid of the least, and focus on the most 😉

  • #178363

    Netleigh
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    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    I like making things and some years ago realised I couldn’t become expert in all of the crafts I was trying. Traditionally talented artisans have spent their whole life specialising in one craft, I was trying to spread my time too thin and reduced to a few that I like the most.

    I’ve still got a lot of sewing, embroidering,and scrapbooking stuff. However I have managed to reduce the knitting wool stockpile. the scrapbooking stuff is overdue a rationalisation purge.

    I have made a rule for embroidery that whatever I make now has to be functional, like a tablecloth or runner, as I made a lot of cross-stitch pictures that were never framed or displayed. There’s a limit to how much I want to put on the walls.

  • #178376

    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    @Vivace – Have you tried canvas paper? I’m not sure if you paint with oil paints or acrylic, but I found that the canvas pads of paper (they come in different sizes. Mine were about 11″ x 17″) worked great for my acrylic painting classes in college.

    Here is a link to amazon.com for the brand I have at home. It’s not the right size but an art store (like A.C. Moore here in NY) would carry all different sizes!
    http://www.amazon.com/Strathmore-Canvas-Paper–6×12-Inch/dp/B0025TV4WW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1296159067&sr=8-2

  • #178377

    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    And to answer the original poster’s question: I have a bunch of hobbies and all of the gadgets that go with them! As a young girl (in 3rd grade) I started quilting and have a sewing box and quilts in my closet. As I got older I got into art and have watercolor paints, acrylic paints, boxes of colored pencils, graphite pencils, charcoal, and all of the paper/erasers/rulers that go with the fine arts.

    I got into scrapbooking but tired of that quickly and no longer have the equipment that goes with it. I used up the supplies and gave away the paper!

    I also like beadwork and have an Indian Bead loom and a large box with an assortment of Indian Beads.

    I recently took up knitting and only have one pair of knitting needles and one thing of yarn. (So far this hobby doesn’t take up much space).

    My husband bought me an organizer for all of these hobbies and therefore they don’t take up as much room as they used to! Lately I have been donating items I no longer use (chalk pastels, paints) so my closet isn’t full of stuff!

    I don’t keep all of the finished products… sometimes I give the bracelets I make on my loom to friends, or I take them apart and reuse the beads. As far as drawings – I kept a lot of the ones I did in high school but sorted out the ones that weren’t very good and tossed those. Some are hanging at my parent’s house :o) I kept the quilts I made as they were some of the first things I made that I was really proud of.

    Now with the knitting, I plan on making things I can give to friends or use up/wear out on my own!

  • #178379

    djk
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    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    oh goodness all you fabulous, talented people!

    I only have one hobby, soapmaking,and I am constantly learning (and giving away soap)
    actually photography is a quiet little hobby of mine too, but I have MILES to go before I sleep, miles to go before I sleep.

    BUT I go wild for handmade items–gorgeous ceramics, wool socks, homemade blankets, soaps–if it is beautiful and handmade I swoon. I am positively greedy with other people’s talent. How can a mass-produced item ever compare with artisans’ offerings?

  • #178382

    lgmost
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    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    Deeply thanks for all of you to share your experiences^^. It’s great to meet so many craft lovers. In fact, I love making clay the most, but it is quite “dirty” during the process. The unused clay dries so quickly, it is not long lasting compared to other craft materials. Also, the finished clay products may be just a display and sit somewhere only. I may decide to switch to 2nd favourite ribbon embroidery as I may use it to decorate something that I can use.

    I agree to Sesberry very much. Sometimes, I play with other types of craft because I just want to learn the technique. Making it by hand is quite different from seeing it on the book. I guess it is easy to let go of them. I also have a lot of craft books(around 40 LOL). I started to stop buying them as I find there are a lot of websites teaching the technique, both blog or videos.

  • #178394

    Ginger
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    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    Hehe! I am also one to craft, learn the technique, and then move on to something else. I’ve done quilting, teddy bears, costuming, clothing, beading, scrapbooking, soaps and right now my current phase is knitting and crochet.

    So far I’ve been pretty good about materials and everything fits into two plastic storage bins (plus my sewing machine, and an extra box of costumes made). My goal is to bring it down to one!

    I have other crafting friends and sometimes they’ll want the things I no longer use or pick at my fabric stash. I don’t scrapbook anymore and have been using the paper to make holiday cards for people and fancy romantic letters to my boyfriend. The paper pile is shrinking pretty quickly. >D

    For the things I actually make, I usually pass them on if I’m done using them or donate if they are good enough and useful. I really wish I were consistent enough to open up shop. XD

  • #178396

    jbeany
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    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    Igmost – re your question about copyrights – check the book/pattern you made it from. Some of them have sections regarding the sales of things you made with the patterns. Also, there’s a difference between following a project step by step with materials and colors listed in the book, and using the pattern as a learning technique and an inspiration for your own version. I used to do teddy bears. I might make the first one directly from a commercial pattern, but I tweaked the pattern to get the look I wanted with each subsequent version – like bigger ears, longer feet, different style nose, fatter body. By the time I got to a pattern I wanted to use repeatedly, I might only have a couple of pieces that were unchanged from the original. I had no qualms about selling those. Plus, selling 3 or 4 bears at a time at a craft show is not the same as some company producing 100,000.

  • #178400

    chacha1
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    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    jbeany, you beat me to it. I was going to tell Igmost that most authors tell you straight out “It is okay to sell items made from this pattern, just don’t sell the pattern itself.” And a lot of them cover adaptations, too. They *want* you to make stuff using their patterns – but they want to be credited for creating them (the patterns, that is).

    Now the bigger question. I have a half ton of craft stuff, which is down from a full ton a few years ago. I am really good about not branching out because I know what my space permits – I can’t do silversmithing or ceramic or enameling or glassworking at home in my rented apartment. So I don’t even think about it (much). Although there is a metalwork studio in Santa Monica where I can rent bench space … .

    The best craft book I’ve ever bought, in terms of techniques covered and pure inspiration value, is “The Art of the Needle.” If you are interested in any of the textile arts, this one is a winner.

  • #178410

    ninakk
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    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    oh yes. i love crafting things with my own hands, it gives me peace of mind. i do many things on a basic level but have found out that many of the paper-related hobbies can actually be done at the computer; great space saver! knitting requires yarn but i buy only according to need now. same goes for jewellery making (have a shoe box worth of stuff). my problem clutter-wise is the miscellaneous category but i expect to be ruthless come summer. a new love is quilt making but i have made a resolution not to buy a lot of fabric unless i have a specific project coming up. i highly recommend martha’s encyclopedia but have found a lot of the same ideas online in her crafts section.

  • #178421

    pkilmain
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    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    I tried my hand at many craft. I’ve stuck with quilting, knitting and making cards from my photos. When I get home next month I’ll be working on decluttering my sewing room and some of the things to go will be materials for crafts I’ve tried and don’t do anymore.

  • #178443

    ninakk
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    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    @Laetitia: I don’t know what the HobbyTex thingy is but would compressed air work? Geeks use it for cleaning keyboards and computer components.

  • #178450

    Claycat
    Member

    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    Clay is my favorite, too, lgmost, but I can’t afford the equipment.

    Two of my favorite things, clay and cats, hence the name Claycat! 🙂

  • #178452

    shebolt
    Member

    Does anyone love handicrafts?

    My current hobby is card making. I have a dedicated space, with storage for paper, rubber stamps, ink pads, and the various tools that go along with this.

    I know I can’t overflow that space, so if it starts getting tight I need to purge or use up what I have before I can acquire more.

    And the best part? I give away everything I make. I take a photograph first, so I have a record of what I made. But the item gets put in the mail or delivered by hand.

    I also have beading supplies, but that takes up comparatively little room.

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