2010 guest blogging series: 52 crafts in 52 weeks

by contributor on 11/10/2010

in Guest Series 2010

September/October brings change of season, and fresh starts and frivolity and seriousness too. So for a break from whipup realtime I am introducing a few weeks of guest bloggers to liven up your crafty experience. To bring you something fresh, and hopefully invigorate you to make and do and be and think! Its going to be a fun few weeks so come along for the ride.

Today I want to introduce you to Christine Evans – one crazy motivated woman who has set herself a challenge of learning, or at least trying, 52 different crafts in 52 weeks and she is blogging the experience here. Christine also has her regular craft blog paper cloth where she discusses … more craft!

When I decided to take on the ambitious challenge of trying a new craft every week for a year I honestly didn’t know if I’d be able to do it – and, 12 weeks in, I still don’t!

The crafting challenge
You may ask, why? Well, I wanted to do something that would allow me to just have fun with crafting. I don’t have time to get bogged down in details and complicated instructions – I just pick a craft, do some quick research, gather (or borrow) some supplies and get going. It means I can just experiment and enjoy what I’m doing rather than worrying too much whether I’m getting it right. I guess it’s a bit like when we were kids. Do you remember when you didn’t care if you were holding the paintbrush properly, if you covered the paper with clashing poster paints or what your clay pots looked like when they came out of the kiln? It didn’t matter – it was just fun.

So far I’ve embraced the messiness of papier mache and porcelain bead making and the fun of freehand machine embroidery and toy-making. I’ve already discovered some new favourites – I’ll be repeating paper piecing and the machine embroidery for sure. Thats me (above) wearing a maxi dress I made from Anna Maria Horner voile, and below there is a picture of a Papier mache bowl I made from shredded office paper.

I haven’t always been very successful – my first attempts at knitting were pretty disastrous and involved quite a few rude words but I’m now progressing slowly and steadily with my first project and even finding the rhythm of the gentle craft addictive. And I’m enjoying flexing my creative muscle every single week.

It can certainly be a challenge trying a new craft every week and getting things completed but so far I’ve managed to complete all the projects in the week – the exception being the knitting which was a real challenge! The problem will be where to put everything – I think there are going to be a lot of handmade gifts heading to friends and family this Christmas!

You may wonder how I can afford to try something new every week – surely I must need to buy new supplies all the time? Well so far I’ve been really lucky in that I’ve been able to reuse and recycle things (like the jumper I used to make the toy rabbit) and I’ve been bowled over with the kindness of my fellow crafters and offers of supplies and help. Although it’s definitely a risk that my already overflowing craft room will be even more packed before the year is out!

I have loads more fun crafts to try – glassblowing is on the list as are screen printing and weaving – and I can’t wait. My challenge to you is: try something new this week. And maybe next week too. You’ll have fun, I promise!

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1 Margarida October 11, 2010 at 5:37 am

WOW! This is a chalenge!!!! A whole year of new experiences :-) The best luck in the world for the weeks to come.
Cheers from Portugal!

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2 Seanna Lea October 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm

That is pretty awesome. A few years ago I bit the bullet and decided I wanted to weave and that I wasn’t going to wait until I could afford a table loom (4 shaft). So, I bought a rigid heddle. It hasn’t gotten as much use out of it as I wanted, but I have used it and it isn’t just collecting dust. Trying something new made me pretty darn happy!

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