Since people asked, here’s a thread to discuss what you make with your hands for love or gifts, what you’re working on or planning, and where (online or IRW) you like to go for supplies.
My favorite crafts are the stereotype of middle-aged, middle-class ladystuff. I have rubber stamps older than some of you Balloon Juice commentors (starting with a Kliban cat and a Kay Nielsen knockoff, in 1973). I’ve been doing basic beading almost as long, so I’ve collected some vintage beads & buttons that are older than me. I do counted cross-stitch and other embroidery work (I like Needleworker’s Delight for mail order supplies). And I collect fabrics, patterns, and quilting supplies, although I’ve never finished anything larger than a few vests and a growing supply of half-finished blocks for different projects. International Fabrics is a treasure house for exotic high-end imports (Liberty lawns & Japanese yukata panels). Luana Rubin’s eQuilter is the best online source I’ve found for high-quality domestic quilter’s cottons. And I really like the site’s pattern designer and design-board functions, which let you compare different fabrics and then see how they’d look in a particular setting. (Yes, I enjoy taking multiple larger pieces, cutting them into fragments, and combining them into something new & hopefully enjoyable.)
I’ll be putting up another ‘Artists Among Us‘ post Monday afternoon / evening, with pictures, for those who want to promote their goods for sale.
So… what are your favorite handworking projects? What are you working on now, for yourself or for others? Where are your favorite stores, and what makes them special?