Why do you craft?

22 replies since 14th July 2008 • Last reply 14th July 2008

AHHH, cool. Happy

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hmmm interesting thats actually kind of a tough one, I suppose I have always painted or drawn or made crafts ever since I was a kid, my mom was an elementary school teacher and an artist so she always supported me in that stuff. When I was i high school I started training very seriously in sprint kayaking which left little to no time for crafts or arts, so I kind of quit crafting. Then after I retired from paddling, I went to school for architecture, and crafting has within the last few years has become a major relaxation point for me. I started knitting a few years ago, and that started me back on the crafting path, now what keeps me driving is that I can make it myself, I love learning knew things and challenging myself so I always have something new on the go. I just started spinning my own yarn which I did just so I could really truly totally make something for myself or others. I also make almost all of my christmas gifts now, I am a student and dont have money to buy things, but if I can make it myself it almost always cuts the cost in half (plus knitting during class helps with time constraints ;) )

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I started crafting within the last few years. It all started when my cousin showed me all the jewelery she had made and I thought, "OMG! Why would I buy jewelery if I can make it!" After looking up sites with jewelery projects, I saw all kinds of things a person could craft. I was opened to a whole nother culture.
Why I keep crafting is a good question. I think because I find it relaxing, yet challenging. Or because I don't participate in sports or music or anything community based and I needed a hobby. Other than that, I couldn't really say why. Maybe because I've put so much money into it and it would be a waste not to! :p

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Happy Thats really cool Jessica. I really like the spinning your own yarn thing! I've been really trying to actually MAKE stuff for myself.. like... I want to make a skirt, so I alter it, then I realise, I could just buy fabric and do it like that, then I think.. I could MAKE the fabric... Happy


And yea kiki, places like Etsy give that extra insentive to make your own jewelry.

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You totally could make your own fabric! There are weaving machines out there, and although it may be time intensive it is soooo worth it!!! Also, when the apocolypse comes you will be waaaay ahead on the survival thing than others Happy

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My brother's autistic, and when he was living at home I couldn't really go out much so I had to figure out ways to amuse myself at home, and crafts seemed like the ideal thing to do. All I needed was a table that was somewhere out of my brothers way, some basic materials and I was set.
I started off with sewing because it was basic and didn't require lots of bulky equipment or materials that take up space, and my mum had been into sewing a lot before my brother and I were born, so she alreay had the things I needed and she was on hand to help me out when things went wrong.
Now that my brother's not living at home anymore, I've got more space and I don't have to be as wary about leaving things lying around, so I've been able to expand the variety of crafts I do and I've been able to start making jewellery, which I've always wanted to do but I knew whatever beads or things I had would just be flung across the house or hidden places so I would never see it again haha.

I've always found craft to be really relaxing and therapeutic, and it's satisyfying to have the finished project at the end Happy

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Awww! Which is probably the reaction you usually get, I realize, but it is really sad that your brother is autistic. My aunt was autistic[I didn't know her very well, but I've seen lots of pictures] and I saw what my other aunts and uncles had to do for her. They just didn't really have an outlet Its good that Crafting can help you relax and chill for a bit, I'm getting that THAT is probably the general consensous around here, that you need to craft and make to take a break for a while, and have something to be proud of, an accomplisment Happy The weird thing is, I've been trying to get a friend of mine to start crafting, because I know she has it in her, and she's recently been extremely stressed over work and her fiance and our coven [btw, she is my High Priestess in my coven] and just life overall, and I was hoping that getting her to craft would eleviate all that pressure and anxiety, but when I asked her about it, she said that crafting gave her even more anxiety.. its really weird... lol

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idk why i started but now i cant stop!! i love to craft things and see the things i make just pile up in my room.... i guess i craft because i like having THINGS and i can't afford to buy everything i want so i make it.

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