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OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 31-Dec-14 16:29:08

I need something for the evenings that os compatible with rubbish eyesight that I can pick up and put down fairly quickly but that will keep my hands busy and my mind fairly occupied. I can knit but I'm slow. I can sort of crochet a bit, but again I'm slow and not well enough to make good stuff.

I can't think what I'd like to do though. Nothing to do with sewing and I don't wear jewellery so not making that. Any suggestions please?

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Wed 31-Dec-14 16:35:04

Spinning. You can get a drop spindle for under a tenner, no need for a wheel.

Patrickstarxx Wed 31-Dec-14 16:36:44

I'm going to try and make a quilt grin
I don't even know where to start though

OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 31-Dec-14 16:38:21

Wow! That's something I would never have thought of in a million years but where do you get the fibres for it? Really interesting idea!

LetThereBeCupcakes Wed 31-Dec-14 16:38:35

Scrapbooking? You can start with very basic supplies. It's a lovely way to display photos.

OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 31-Dec-14 16:38:58

Good luck Patrick!!

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Wed 31-Dec-14 16:42:04

Easy to get online but can get in craft shops because people use it for felting. I like a website called World of Wool.

OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 31-Dec-14 16:43:23

I'm certainly going to look into it, thank you smile

lavendersun Wed 31-Dec-14 17:21:43

I have done/do too many things (probably quite badly).

I bought a loom a couple of years ago and have to say that I really enjoy weaving. You can produce something that looks quite amazing fairly quickly, and in my case, without any obvious skill.

Weaving led to drop spinning for me too, but I enjoy weaving more than spinning which takes a bit of learning to produce something to use in knitting/weaving.

Wingham wool work is a good place: www.winghamwoolwork.co.uk

I would like to try felting too or needle felting, someone sent me a lovely little felted tree at Christmas. I think you can get going with needle felting quite cheaply with a kit.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Wed 31-Dec-14 18:08:21

Yes, and wet felting is even cheaper (though perhaps not so useful in this case as it's not so easy to pick up and put down!)

OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 31-Dec-14 18:19:06

Felting looks amazing. I always thought it consisted of boiling knitted bags to shrink them. I think I may have got that wrong! I really want to have a go at felting little animals, they looking amazing. Is it really poking a lump of wool with a needle and an animal appears?

OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 31-Dec-14 18:19:56

not so sure about scrapbooking. It doesnt really appeal.

OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 31-Dec-14 18:47:35

I decided to try felting grin it looks like a pretty inexpensive hobby to get going on.

lavendersun Wed 31-Dec-14 18:56:02

That sounds great (loved your description).

I looked at Amazon recently and they had some kits including wool, can't remember the name but they were out of stock.

Would love to see your first animal when you get there!

ProfYaffle Wed 31-Dec-14 19:02:13

I bought my dd a felting kit for Xmas, she's been getting into it the past few days. She's started off using cookie cutters to make flat shapes to get used to it (and protect her fingers from the needle!) Loads of ideas on pinterest.

MauriceTheCat Wed 31-Dec-14 20:25:03

Try Mosaicraft... also known as Pixalhobby. It's a cross between a mosaic and cross stitching

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 04-Jan-15 21:38:16

My first go. Instructions were for a robin but I don't have any red so I turned it into an owl. Waiting for a book I've ordered so I can learn how to do this properly cos it's really fun smile

WhatsGoingOnEh Sun 04-Jan-15 21:41:26

That's the cutest thing I've ever seen! You picked that up so quickly!!

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Sun 04-Jan-15 21:42:41

Love it!

OhYouBadBadKitten Sun 04-Jan-15 21:45:54

smile thank you. I can see where to improve it next time but I'm quite pleased with it. I need to learn how to make triangular shapes better. I also need more colours!

snozcumber79 Mon 05-Jan-15 06:59:13

Ah love your owl! I've always fancied trying felting,will definitely have to give it a go...got felt in but haven't decided what to make smile

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