Can you think back to the first craft you started out with? What was your first love that drew you to crafting?
I started out with crocheting granny squares with regular crocheting yarn. I made things with my grandmother, depending on what she was making. She was able to recreate things by just looking at it; no pattern needed.. I’m so not as good as my grandmother. My talents seem to be slightly different. I can’t start with a blank slate when coming up with crafts to make. I’m better at manipulating, tweaking or re-configuring things once I see a sample. I have to see something already made to get my inspiration. I can take the concept and improve it as long as I see it first or have something already in place to make changes. But if you give me a blank page, it will stay blank. I would rather start with a pattern or something already done and work to add my personal touches to the pattern.
So getting back to crocheting..
There are so many tutorials out there with videos to help you get started if you want to learn to crochet. I wish I had these available to me when I was young. I learned it the old fashion way from crochet books with just pictures. Here is a tutorial I used in the past from Lion Brand – Learn how to crochet. Once you learn the basics, the possibilities are endless. You can make anything from blankets, clothes, doilies to wall hangings (see below).
I started to discover different types of yarn and I eventually fell in love with the thinner yarn to create things like doilies via Filet Crochet. My all time favorite resouce to get Filet Crochet patterns is Hass Designs. The best part are the Crochet-Along-Classes. So you purchase the pattern and sign up for a class. It gives you step-by-step instructions and you get to work on the same project as fellow crocheters from around-the-world. Or you can work self-paced throughout the year.
I loved Filet Crochet because it was more fun and I can create things that can be personalized. This was the beginning of my journey in creating personalized gifts.
Here are two of my greatest achievements using Filet Crochet. I created these two large wall hangings as wedding gifts.
God Bless Our Home
Bless This House
So what was your first love in crafting? What item(s) are you most proud to have created?
~~Words of Encouragement~~
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)