The sun is shining (well some of the time) and its a great opportunity to get your craft on in the great outdoors – just be prepared to pack up your things quickly in case of an unexpected downpour! There are some crafts which aren’t so great when its really hot – knitting for example can get very hot and down right irritating when its really warm (in the summer in Sydney, its really hard to buy wool as people just don’t knit, and metal needles are a big no no!).
The following suggestions will help you make the most of your summertime craft:
1. Keep it small and light – when its hot, the last thing you want is to be carting round heaps of crafty stuff. Why not take a small cross stitch or some quilting squares. Small, easy to carry . . . → Read More: Summertime Craft
Here is a quick tip that has changed my craft-in-public life!
Recently I’ve been working on some crochet projects with patterns I just can’t memorize. (Ok, I’ll admit it, almost every crochet project has a pattern I can’t memorize – I’m really bad at patterns! )
So to craft on the go, I either switched to a simpler project, or I would print patterns from the internet and carry a printout in my crafting kit. Having a paper pattern is kind of annoying actually when you’re on a crowded train, and it threatens to blow away every time the door opens!
A few weeks ago as I was heading out of town for the weekend, I realized I needed to crochet a hat as a last-minute gift. Of course, the hat pattern I wanted to use was in a book! Problem: either carry a book with me all weekend, . . . → Read More: How to take your patterns when crafting in public
My daily commute is my main crafting time. Sure I occasionally craft in the evenings, and love a long, leisurely, crafty weekend – but in my busy schedule, my daily commute is my most reliable, regular craft time!
Once you’ve chosen your craft wisely, it’s time to gather your supplies.
When crafting on the go, it’s essential to be organized! You don’t want to rummage in the bottom of your bag for a missing needle, or poke your fellow commuters with errant knitting needles.
We strongly suggest making a craft-to-go kit. This can be a simple zip or drawstring bag (anything from a ziploc to a fancy cosmetics case) that contains all of your essential supplies and your project. The contents will vary based on your project, but here are my crafting essentials for knitting and crochet projects.
Crochet Hooks / Knitting Needles: I usually have one pair of . . . → Read More: Make a simple craft-to-go kit
If your stash is anything like mine, it’s overflowing with fabrics, yarns, threads, buttons and too many ideas for crafty projects! We’ve got the supplies … but who has the time to craft?
If your New Years Resolution is to give yourself more time for creative pursuits – here are some tips you can put into action immediately. You don’t have to devote entire evenings to crafting. Shift your thinking in 2011 and take your crafting mobile. Rather than looking for big blocks of time to get into a project – take your projects with you, and craft in bursts.
Our tips for finding the time to craft in 2011:
1) Think small: always have one or two small, portable crafting projects in progress. Crochet is perfect for crafting on the go! Other good options include knitting projects on circular needles, cross stitch or embroidery. Don’t abandon your bigger . . . → Read More: Find time to craft in 2011
Hope you enjoyed A Crafty Commute Day on 1 December!
Recently I heard cross stitch described as the ultimate handbag craft. With that endorsement, how could we not feature cross stitch as an ‘on the go’ project. Traditionally cross stitch patterns are a little old fashioned but increasingly there are some really funky designs out there. Now I haven’t attempted cross stitch since school so to get started, I have designed a really simple (I hope!) pattern to practice my skills and get in the stitching zone. You can download the pattern by clicking on the link A public cross stitch.
Also, here are some simple tips for the novice cross stitcher which I found really useful:
1. Stick with light colored 11-count or 14-count Aida fabric (just ask for Aida fabric in your local craft store)
2. Choose good quality thread (floss)
3. Use a size 24 tapestry . . . → Read More: Cross Stitch On the Go
Photo by damiel on flickr
So you want to meet up with some friends, and get crafty in public?
Here are our top 5 tips for choosing a crafting location.
1. What do you want? The most important thing is to think about who is in your group and what kind of environment you want. Is it just you and a friend meeting over coffee? Or do you want to start a weekly crafting group? What do you want to eat or drink while crafting? Meeting in a quiet coffee shop, or a noisy bar (or a noisy crowded coffee shop, or quiet pub) are all options, it just depends on the atmosphere you want.
2. Lighting is essential. In terms of physical setting, lighting is a key element. For most of us, if you can’t see what you’re doing, you can’t craft very well. Check out . . . → Read More: Top 5 tips for choosing a crafting location
If you haven’t noticed, we’re on a mission to get people crafting in public.
But why would you want to? And why do we care?
Back in the day everyone was crafty. Out of necessity, or just lack of the internet, people would spend lots of time crafting. They didn’t call it crafting then, it’s just what people did – knitting, crocheting, quilting, embroidery, sewing – it was just part of life. And it was done all the time – just think of groups of women (Ok, it was usually women then…) embroidering or knitting around a fire, while catching up on the latest gossip or watching the kids.
Fast forward to today. We don’t have to knit anymore to clothe ourselves (thank goodness!), but now we turn to craft for a creative outlet and relaxation. But why does it have to be something hidden away in a . . . → Read More: Why craft in public?
If you have an airplane trip coming up, join the mile-high club of craft, and take your crafting with you!
Air travel today is filled with lots of time to kill – standing in numerous lines, flight delays, crowded waiting areas and finally the flight itself. If you’re not shy about crafting in public, it can provide the perfect opportunity to catch up on some crafting! (Plus, if you find crafting relaxing, it can be a great travel-stress reliever!)
The challenging part? Airline restrictions!
In addition to our regular crafting in public tips, you need to comply with airline regulations about what you can bring on-board. Sharp scissors are right out. As are sharp metal knitting needles. So what’s a crafty traveler to do?
On a few recent flights, we’ve taken our crafting with us. While we can’t guarantee that these tips will work for you . . . → Read More: Join the mile-high club…of craft!
Worldwide Knit in Public Day – by Todd Huffman on Flickr
Crafty people, I know you feel my pain. We love to craft and create things, but it’s just so hard to find the time! You probably have a lovely craft area setup at home with lots of half-finished projects … but only find the time to use it on rainy weekends or late at night.
Enter, crafting in public!
If you’re willing to take your crafting mobile, you can fit little moments of craftiness throughout your day. During your commute (if it’s by public transportation!). Standing in line at the bank. Waiting to meet a friend for lunch. Or even better, while chatting with a crafty friend at a cafe or pub. Crafting on the go is fun and entirely possible … if you choose your craft wisely.
I love decoupage, but it requires a lot of . . . → Read More: Want to craft on the go? Choose wisely.
Photo by Gabriela Camerotti on Flickr
Recently I’ve been thinking about what it is that stops us from crafting in public? Are we embarrassed?? Can’t be bothered?? Or is it all just too much hassle? For me, it can be all of the above. Public Displays of Craftiness are not something we see that often so when you do an act of PDC, you are drawing attention to yourself. Its a little out of the ordinary and you do have to be organised. If the latter is a problem for you, keep an eye out for our upcoming blog post on “Tips for Public Displays of Craftiness”.
If, however it is the embarrassment factor that stops you, that’s relatively easy to get over by, well, just doing it! As with a lot of things, the first time is the worst, but once that’s out the way, its pretty . . . → Read More: What stops you from crafting in public?