1980s: learned and forgot knitting, did some embroidery, learned cross stitch, learned how to crochet a chain, envied my Oma’s amazing tatting (lace making skill) and was told I could learn when I learned how to crochet. Knotted friendship bracelets with embroidery thread and plastic lanyards, although my best friend was way better at it than I was.
1990s: pretty devoid of fibre arts…mostly focused on jewellery making.
2002: taught myself knitting from a book and the internet, did some cross stitch. Still can’t crochet.
2004: began teaching myself sewing and managed to make a couple of baby quilts.
2005: learned tatting from Oma. Even though I’d never learned crochet, knitting counted.
2006: accidentally crocheted a beanie. I still can’t crochet and I’m not entirely sure how I managed that.
2007: made my own drop spindle and tried out a spinning wheel at Birkeland Bros in Vancouver (now since moved to Abbotsford)
2009: borrowed a wheel and learned how to spin. Sort of. I definitely made yarn, and picked up a lot of bad habits along the way.
2012: took spinning lessons, broke some bad habits, learned how to dye fibre (omg, so addictive)
September 22nd 2012: bought nearly 10 lbs of raw, unwashed fleece to spin into yarn. Also, since I’m insane and don’t have enough fibre skills, I also made cards and began learning how to card (or tablet) weave.
I’m now trying to figure out what fibre arts I’ve missed. Inkle looming, weaving on a full loom, a few knitting skills (steeking, thrumming, Fair Isle for example, and I’ve never made mittens or gloves with fingers), felting (on purpose, although so far I haven’t felted any of my wool)…can anyone think of any I’ve missed?
And, of course, I still don’t know how to crochet.
(Photos on my Flickr site)