I have massive respect for those who specialize in a single craft and become an absolute master of it. But my personality is such that I would never be happy doing one thing for the rest of my life. Of course there is a tendency to go overboard at times but I try not to do that. Overboard = strain on wallet!
But here is a small list of things I wish I knew how to do - and stuff that I'm going to learn during my life.
I do have a basic knowledge of knit and purl stitches, but I want to do more than odd pieces of flat squares and rectangles.
And how cool is this bus? I can't tell if that's paint or actual knitting but it's still pretty cool.
But I do know that knitting and crochet are becoming more in style again. The good things never die, right? They just wax and wane like the moon.
I have ventured into black work before with a blackwork Pikachu which sits in a frame by my computer. I want to find a book with more traditional patterns but it does seem that black work is in a waning period.
Mosaics have graced the walls, floors and ceilings of everything from religious structures, wealthy homes, brothel houses, to kitchens, patios and bathrooms of everyday people. A little time and creativity and you have an eye refreshing approachable work of art.
I want to focus here more on practical goods, not jewelry though. I love the idea of giving a wire bowl to my family for Christmas, or having a picnic basket made completely out of woven wire. I saw a pattern for a copper tubing and wire earring holder. It was fun and funky!
I did take a sewing course in high school (a lifetime ago!) and made a cloak and a dress, but I don't remember much, nor did I learn what I wanted to learn which is period costuming.
I have a passion for the old, and I would love to work out at Ren Faires for a living selling costumes and jewelry and practical goods.
Finding information on this craft is difficult. My library isn't the greatest for craft information, I'll admit. And for some reason I'm struggling to find history on this craft. But the tools are simple - a dowel, a board with holes, some tape and wire.
Plus you can add things to Viking Knit like pearls, crystals, and I've seen chain maille added as a focal pieces and the like!
I was in China a few years ago, and we went to a silk rug factory. Obviously it was just a factory front (there is no way 20 girls make thousands of rugs) but it was fascinating to see. There were mostly pile rugs but there were some picture rugs that were just basic weaving. Well, I say basic, but it's anything but. The glorious patterns they made!
But I love making jewelry, and I want to learn this. So I'm going to learn it as soon as I can afford the materials. There is a chain mail watch band that I just adore!
But people being the creative wonders that we are, made patterns. They discovered that doing something 'just so' made something that was not only functional but beautiful. And now we have entire machines dedicated to the fabrication of quilts! Wonders never cease.
Actually there are whole competitions based on almost every single craft mentioned today.
This is a short list, and not in any particular order, but that's 12 different crafts that have peaked my interest. I could spend forever becoming a true crafter. ^_^ Until then, I'm going to continue learning and doing! The path of a crafter is a long but very, very rewarding one.
Happy crafting out there!