Well, I always liked needle work, but had stopped for a few years. Last December my husband found a tub with the little needle work material I had ( knitting needles, embroidery floss, some cross stitching stuff, etc), all but some books, magazines and sewing machine and stuff, and asked about it. Since becoming disabled I had stopped with most things I really enjoyed but my husband said I should give it another try. My love for it all came back fiercely and I fell in love with crochet and all things yarn. And thread. And needles. And now it’s an obsession! The thing is… I don’t want to stop specially with crochet, but I also want to try new things and I am extremely interested in something that seems difficult. I want to learn about tatting and bob lacing. I love doilies and my great grandmother left me doilies she made herself and I treasure them so much. Am I crazy to want to try those along with crochet? Don’t take me wrong, I’m not stopping with the “normal” crochet here, as I want to make flowers, socks, and still looking for a perfect alpaca ami . So…crazy? Unusual? I don’t know but I think that tub was pandora’s box in disguise…
Nothing wrong or crazy about trying out new things … you should definitely try out whatever you feel like. It will be fun!
I think it’s great to try new, more advanced things! I always wanna push myself to learn new techniques too, even if I struggle with it.
Not crazy just someone that loves pushing themselves to make pretty things.
I will look forward to hearing about your new projects xx
I like pushing myself to learn new things too.
Definitely not unusual! I do a lot of arts and craft lol there’s no law saying you can’t do other things as well
I think if you’re heart is pulling you towards it you should give it a try. I just bought a learn to knit kit too but I have so many crochet projects going I’m wondering when I’ll have time. But I want to learn both.
Absolutely NOT crazy!! My great grandma taught my “step” mom and me how to tat back in the early 80s, before all this DIYing became so popular. It’s really fun. It can be challenging, getting the knots and the little picot loops even, but so beautiful!! Now bobbin lace I drew the line, personally. I was gifted a whole set but I’m dyslexic and just KNEW my right and left would screw me up something awful!! Besides, they say learning new skills helps our brains fight off dementia and Alzheimer’s! So you go for it!!
I think tatting is often another craft that knittera and hookers venture into (and tatters into crochet and knit), so I don’t think it’s that far off really…
I, too, think it is beautiful and one day will probably learn…
As for bobbin lace, I can see how thread crochet and tatting would lead to that and again nit be a huge jump…
Again I think it is BEAUTIFUL, and would love to learn, but being honest with myself, probably won’t learn this one
Oh that is good to know! I have issues with seizures and I’m always afraid my mental capabilities will deteriorate fast and so I try to keep busy but I know things are more difficult for me than it used to be. I checked on bobbin lace and it was hard to find and expensive, specially if you get the pillow with it. Any recommendations of tatting shuttles for beginners?
Don’t get discouraged, you see all these people here encouraging me? Take it as it’s for you also. Let’s share it. They say that I can do it, so, well, then so can you!!!
You can get a How-To book and tatting shuttles on Amazon for pretty cheap! I have a couple of my g-grandma’s shuttles but they’re pretty heavy. So I’m planning on getting newer ones to update my skills.
I’m not, mostly. I grew up with true faith in Christ, in scripture. I’ve memorized so many verses that are encouraging to me, promises of the loving care of my Heavenly Father. Throughout my life, in many ways, I’ve seen actual miracles happen, where the exact hospital bill was somehow inside the house in an envelope. How I wasn’t supposed to live so many times, according to the hospital clinicians but have… My name means strong and courageous in the face of adversity. Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” One of the first verses I claimed as mine. It has kept me positive.
Oh not discouraged, just realistic… I have enough on my plate and enough other things I’d like to do and learn that I know some won’t happen… I’m thinking bobbin lace will probably be one of them…
But tatting, especially needle tatting is a bigger possibility
Please let me know when you find something that you feel it’s good! I’d love to have your impute on what you found.
One bit at a time right? I checked bobbin lacing and the materials are harder to find ( pillow, etc), and expensive. I need to find some more videos though, not sure which one I’d feel my brain can learn easier.
Thank you for sharing this! What a special thought for me to read this morning!
Everyone has their own struggles and shoulders them their own way. Having a positive attitude in spite of the struggles for me is the first step. It’s like smiling when you’re angry; it’s hard to maintain anger when people start smiling back at you. So I get up with a thankful thought and start the day, regardless of what that time is! I crochet mostly since tremors came along with my transplant meds, but I am back to bead weaving again just in shorter bouts.