5 Lessons Learnt from Crafting

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Making isn’t always straightforward. A lot of my projects (especially the ones I design from scratch!) are bumbled through. It’s a journey, not a process. There’s always more to learn, even if some things are easy to pick up: take it slow, measure twice, and check colours in daylight!

Here are some of the other lessons I’ve learnt from crafting.

1. Handmade doesn’t always = better.

Handmade doesn’t mean it’s ethical, well made, eco-friendly, or local. And crafting isn’t cheap. Or easy. And it’s NEVER done in five minutes. (And, technically, handmade can be just as systemised as machine production.)

That’s why beautiful, ethically produced, and quality handmade design is so worth investing in. Even better if the materials are eco-friendly and the designer is local.

All the more reason to make something yourself!

2. There’s more than one way to be rich.

There is only one universal currency: time. Crafters need a lot of it. It doesn’t matter what the materials are or what the craft is, you need time. Time to learn, time to design, time to make.

To craft, you need to be rich in time. Not money. (Although the latter does help when you binge-buy fabric!) Let yourself take it slow. 

What we create, we leave behind

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When he was 14, Zach Sobiech was diagnosed with osteosarcoma — bone cancer.

You might be familiar with his name because Zach turned to music. He wrote ‘Clouds’ in response to his illness and it went viral on Youtube. Music was his way to say goodbye and leave something behind.

Zach passed away on May 20th. He had just turned 18.

But his music is still there, left for his family and friends (and us) to listen to.

In my interview with Sue Bulmer I talked about the creative rut that helped inspire Crafting Fingers. I looked back on 2012 and realised I hadn’t created anything. What did I have to show for an entire year of life other than the dead-end daily routines that I had been going through?

There’s magic in remembering someone by what they’ve created.

February’s Craft Announcement!

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Ooh, I’m excited! February’s craft of the month is the beautiful, varied, and well-established craft of embroidery!

(If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen me mention it earlier this month.)

Embroidery didn’t catch my eye until I worked as a photographer for my grandmother’s business (website in Finnish). She sells printed linens and cloths for DIY embroidery, amongst other wonderfully crafty things, and wanted to set up a website. Spending so much time with the embroidered linens helped me appreciate their elegance and the beauty of hand-embroidered pieces.

Now, I look for vintage embroidery in second-hand shops and love the often bright and geometrical styles of contemporary embroidery.

So here’s the confession: other than half-finished kits I’ve never done embroidery. It’s on my long list of ‘loved but never tried’ crafts, much like crochet was. So in the spirit of my craft-a-month project, here goes!

What to expect this month: