[This is in no way official, but I just thought I'd share my top 10 necessities. I've been on Craftster for over 2 years now, and after looking through a TON of projects, this is the list I've compiled of all the things that I know I (and many other people) couldn't craft without!
So, here they are, in no particular order...]My Top 10:1. Mod Podge.
The handy dandy glue-all, gloss-all crafting accessory! So versatile that it can be used to create stencils [http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=73158.0
], make collages on shoes [http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=109934.0
], or simply glue things together for a school project!2. Double-Stick Tape.
Whether used by designers on the runway to make their fashions more presentable, or to make wedding gifts for guests to take home [http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=107723.0
], double-stick tape is always very useful.3. Measuring Tape.
Rather than using a plain old ruler [which can't go past 12 inches and (most) can't bend], measuring tape comes in handy not only for sewing projects, but can also [in most cases] be used
as a regular ruler! You can even go so far as to make things out of
measuring tape [http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=95899.0
]4. An Oven.
As most crafty people know, ovens aren't just for food! Polymer clay projects [http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=119937.0
], melted bead projects [http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=102593.0
], and even the famous record bowls [http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=30667.0
] would not be nearly as amazing without using some type of oven. Whether it be a conventional, microwave, or even a toaster oven, ovens are definitely a crafting necessity!5. A Dressmaker's Dummy.
Some are made from duct tape [http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=28407.0
] while others are more customary, but either way, anyone who has ever done any kind of sewing [or even knitting
] project knows how hard it is to create a garment without some sort of dressform.6. Duct Tape.
The importance of duct tape goes without saying, but I'll tell you anyhow!
Aside from being extremely useful to hold things together, duct tape alone can also be used to create everything from wallets [http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=90574.0
] and bags [http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=79700.0
] to dressforms, corsets [http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=45898.0
]and rockin' prom outfits [http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=37064.0
] [as a side note for those of you who don't know, there's a contest called "Stuck at Prom" where participants enter as a pair and create outfits constructed completely out of duct tape (accessories and all!) to win a $3,000 scholarship (that is, a $3,000 scholarship for each
person in the couple that wins) -- check it out at http://www.ducktapeclub.com/contests/prom/
Probably the most vague [but most useful!] item on this top 10 list, scissors are definitely something that you shouldn't leave the house without! [unless, of course, your trip out of the house requires you to go to the airport at one point...sometimes airport security isn't very craftster-friendly c( :]8. A Digital Camera.
Okay, maybe a digital camera won't help you create
a project [unless that project includes using pictures you've taken yourself!
], but it can definitely make it easier to show off [or SELL!] your crafty creations. Using a digital camera can also help you see the flaws in something you may be working on [which is why I take "during" pictures to look at whenever I'm making something (like a dress) if I don't have someone else around to get a second opinion].9. A Sewing Machine.
Sure, a needle and thread will do just fine [and I admit, sometimes a needle and thread are good for going where sewing machines can't], but sewing machines come in handy when you're pressed for time, making a lot of something [http://craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=105662.0
], or if you simply don't have the patience to sew by hand. Overall, sewing machines make the life of a craftser much easier!
and, finally10. Scrap Paper/Fabric, Bric a Brac, etc..
When you don't have the money to go out and buy new supplies, it's always convenient to have scraps from previous projects to use! Scraps and bric a brac are also a very vague category, but can be used for a million and one different projects, such as tote bags [http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=19008.0
], decoupage projects [http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=81771.0
], and crafty chalkboards [http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=11928.0
I hope you all enjoyed reading this list as much as I enjoyed making it--feel free to add your own "must-haves"!