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O/T Anyone a bit crafty

S: 11st8.5lb C: 11st1lb G: 9st8.5lb Loss: 0st7.5lb(4.62%)
Hi All,

I'm really into cross stitching at the moment and would like to look into other crafts. What sort of crafts are you into? Anyone part of a craft club or group? I would love to join a group but cant find one near me :(

Off topic but interesting to see what other do. x
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Slow but sure....
S: 22st0lb C: 19st7lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 55.1 Loss: 2st7lb(11.36%)
I have been an avid Cross Stitcher for 25 years or more, It's my passion, I just love it.

I have never joined a group though, but I'm sure if you put 'Cross Stitch Forums' into Google it will bring up lot's for you.

Good luck with it.


I will succeed!!!
S: 13st3lb C: 12st8.5lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 29.4 Loss: 0st8.5lb(4.59%)
Me me meeee! Much to OH's *delight* as he's forever finding 'shiny stuff'.

I do card making/invitation making/scrapbooking a lot. I tend to do it for others as gifts. I'm currently making my cousin's wedding invites and I love it. It's a great way to help and keeps me busy.

I also sometimes have photos printed onto fabric and turn them into 'scrap book cushions' etc. I'm going to make my my cats a new bed and put some pics of them on it.

If you're looking to branch out I'd say find a club near to you. Scrapbooking costs a small fortune - all the hole punch shapes and whatnot add up. But some local stores do a craft night and you get the basics for the entrance fees etc. I don't go to these as have a bunch of stuff at home, so just need to buy new cards/paper etc.
S: 9st11lb C: 8st9lb G: 8st9lb BMI: 22.1 Loss: 1st2lb(11.68%)
I embroider my own cards; it's very easy to do, & doesn't cost too much. You only need card, embroidery thread, pattern, mat, pricking tool, card & needle. The effect can be very pretty. I've just made my own christmas cards & they look lovely.

I don't belong to a club would love to if there was one near to where I live.
S: 11st8.5lb C: 11st1lb G: 9st8.5lb Loss: 0st7.5lb(4.62%)
Ooh can anyone point me in the right direction to start cardmaking please. I'm a bit cross stitch crazy at the moment, I cant get enough of it!! x


Slow but sure....
S: 22st0lb C: 19st7lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 55.1 Loss: 2st7lb(11.36%)
I'm a bit cross stitch crazy at the moment, I cant get enough of it!! x[/QUOTE]

It's so addictive isn't it - I love it..
Card making is soooo addictive, I love it! Thing is, I spend an absolute fortune on stuff and probably have enough to last me a lifetime - OH does get a bit fed up with it! I love giving a hand made card as it shows you've taken time and care, my close family and friends always get hand made cards but I don't do it for all birthdays as I don't have the time.
I also do cross stitch, haven't done any for some years but I love it and have completed a lot of projects over the years.
I knit and am close to completing a lovely jacket for myself, just need to do the last bit.
I would love to do a scrapbook and would be able to use a lot of my card making things to complete it, it's just time really!!

I used to do lots more when I was single, childless and didn't have a dog but I wouldn't change any of it for the world....
S: 15st0lb C: 10st8lb G: 10st8lb BMI: 23.2 Loss: 4st6lb(29.52%)
Ooh can anyone point me in the right direction to start cardmaking please. I'm a bit cross stitch crazy at the moment, I cant get enough of it!! x
I'd like to make cards too but I'm a bit lost as to where to start. I'd like to make them in a cost effective way, to save money as well.
You can buy a starter kit for as little as a tenner from some craft shops or on-line.
Also in supermarkets you can get a card making magazine pack which has lots of stuff in and they are about 8 pound.
If you can find a do-crafts stockist near you (lots of garden centres have them) you can buy a goodie bag for about 15 pound, this has papers, cards, stamps, stickers, pens and all sorts of stuff in them.
It's a good start but you can spend so much money, I have some stamps which cost 15 pound just for one! I tell myself it will last forever and I'll always use it, it's my justification!!


Strutting her stuff
S: 17st12lb C: 10st7lb BMI: 22.3 Loss: 7st5lb(41.2%)
Oh lord - where to start! :D I have over the years done:
  • embroidery
  • tapestry
  • needlepoint
  • cross stitch
  • lace making
  • macrame
  • basket weaving
  • knitting
  • crocheting
  • card-making and
  • beadwork
But for the past few years my absolute, can't live without, passion has been patchwork and quilting.


Silver Member
S: 14st3lb C: 13st0lb G: 11st0lb BMI: 33.3 Loss: 1st3lb(8.54%)
I used to do parchment craft a while ago, which is really addictive and I loved it, I used to make all my birthday cards and little gifts for people...Time issues has stopped me recently and I do miss it...I love all types of craft and used to make things with the kids when they were smaller....Luckily for me I now have a 8 year old step daughter who comes home from school with things to make, her mother send her down to me with the things to make!!
I used to embroider years and years ago and I have just started a cross stitch pattern i've made myself....Not sure how that's going to turn out....Time will tell!!


I will succeed!!!
S: 13st3lb C: 12st8.5lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 29.4 Loss: 0st8.5lb(4.59%)
As well as what Jaylou says, the best £5 I ever spend was on a card folding board. It's scored for different sizes and saves me a bomb from buying pre-made blank cards.

Ebay is great for second hand scrap booking-card making gear. I'd say invest in some basic paper punches that you'll be able to use on many styles...like hearts etc.

My basics are:

Card- various colours and textures
Paper - various colours and textures
Double sided tape
Paper punches
Guillotine (sp?)
Edged scissors

Tin foil - keeps scissors and punches sharp ;-)


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S: 18st2lb C: 16st3.5lb G: 11st2lb Loss: 1st12.5lb(10.43%)
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Love Mini xxx
S: 13st11lb C: 11st9lb G: 11st7lb BMI: 27.1 Loss: 2st2lb(15.54%)
As my name suggests I love knitting. I learned as a child but didn't really do much between my teens and when I had my first child. Then it took off but I find my girls will love the item I'm making for them, wear it once then never to be seen again. So I tend to only make things for myself now but have been commissioned twice.

I also tried making Christmas cards one year but I thought they looked awful and had spent a lot of money and time. That's a never again. I don't think I'd like cross stitch or embroidery as I'm too impatient.

Love the idea about setting up a social group.

S: 18st0lb C: 16st2lb G: 9st1lb BMI: 40 Loss: 1st12lb(10.32%)
I'd love to get into a hobby but at the moment I need to concentrate on getting fit again so the gym will be my new hobby. I love reading as well, got 9 books to read but they've taken a back burner.

Ebays a good place to look as well for arts and craft items or places such as Hobbycraft, Argos, Studio


Mad old Bat with Attitude
S: 14st5lb
I love to knit , (but Ihave 2 cardis waiting for buttons ! For the last 8 years! But they will fit nicely since I lost weight!)
I did 3 tapestry cushion covers of cats which are still waiting to be made up (8 years again, and I have the stuffing!) Is there a pattern here?

I tried to learn tatting years ago but failed. I can crochet, and I would LOVE to make lace.
I bought a sewing machine 6 months ago cos I used to make my own clothes but haven't used it yet! (I'm a whizz at setting in sleeves but cr*p at zips!)
What I need is time! Retirement can't come soon enough!


Strutting her stuff
S: 17st12lb C: 10st7lb BMI: 22.3 Loss: 7st5lb(41.2%)
And of course the added benefit of crafting is that it occupies your mind and your hands - meaning you're less likely to snack on naughty things ;)


Bears dont dig on dancin'
Shiney beady stickery things!!

I make cards, jewellery, anything. I make kids paintings. I have painted snakes too for people. I just love anything arty crafty. It helps having an art / graphics a-level lol

Mind you I don't get a minute to myself these days with my toddler running riot :( xx

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