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« on: August 16, 2004 10:36:30 AM »

So there were several comments in the aforementioned thread concerning the cost of crafting supplies (try a new type of project, buy a ton of new stuff to accomplish it).  We all know if we look in a book or at a website that talks about the craft, they will list everything in the world and the financial and spatial outlay becomes overwhelming.  Therefore, I thought it would be handy if we all listed what would be the minimum of stuff needed for a newbie trying a craft.  I'm mainly thinking supplies, but if there are really good books or websites for techniques (or for purchasing supplies), then by all means, please share!!!!

I guess I'll start.  I don't really have a forte, but at least at the moment, I'm big on making cards, so I'd suggest a newbie rush out and buy a pack of cardstock with a wide color assortment, a rubber stamp set of letters, a set of the primary color inks, a set of mettalic inks, the glittery gel pens, and some stencils or stickers that catch your eye.  I've also been extremely fortunate to have a computer program that has a bunch of clip art of all types on it.  There are a lot of patterns and pictures that I can enlarge or shrink and then glue on or cut a shape out of  and it's like having an endless supply of patterned paper at my fingertips!

Let the supply list commence!
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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2004 10:48:25 AM »

For a beginning knitting project (like a scarf) you need: yarn, knitting needles, scissors, and a yarn needle (looks like a jumbo sewing needle, and it's not sharp).

For crochet, just replace the knitting needles with a crochet hook.

For embroidery you need: embroidery floss, needle, scissors, hoop, cloth (woven is easiest) - a pillowcase or a dish towel make a nice starter.  And an iron on transfer pattern, or if you're artistic, a cloth marking pencil and your imagination to draw the pattern onto the fabric.
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2004 05:27:21 AM »

Thanks Melidomi!  I know when I started knitting a few months ago, I learned from a friend and those were the only supplies he told me to buy.  Of course later I made the mistake of reading a book and seeing all sorts fo other things I was supposed to not be able to live without.  Maybe on more advanced projects that will hold true, but for now, I'm still knitting my way through my second scarf!
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2004 08:17:27 AM »

I find with most crafts, the thing to do is to find out exactly what you need for your first project and get only those supplies (and maybe even the cheapest version if you're not sure you'll like the craft).

But here's the key: keep those supplies organized (I even have a craft journal where I write down everything I have) so the next time you want to dip into that craft you don't rebuy the same stuff, but if you need a couple more items, you get those, and add them to your journal.  When you're done, put everything back in its organized place.  Works for me. 
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2004 08:21:43 AM »

I agree about buying the minimum!!!!  But the journal is something I never thought of!  That's a really good idea!!!!  I've got a journal of my stencils so I don't buy something similar (and will probably need to do that with rubber stamps after I aquire a few more).  I've found that organization is the hardest part of crafting.  So much stuff of different size and shape.  Le sigh. 
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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2004 03:22:15 AM »

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I've found that organization is the hardest part of crafting.  So much stuff of different size and shape.  Le sigh. 

I've got a few 5-10litre clear platic crates. All the painting stuff in one, all the paper craft stuff in another, all the material stuff in another. Each different craft has it's own little crate and then I have a bigger crate for all the general stuff.

Hmmmmmm mimimums.....
This would come in handy for me every time I get a brainwave to do something new! I rush out straight away (cause patience really isn't in my vocbulary) and buy all the stuff I think I need and get home to find that I haven't bought that most important thing I needed and I bought all this other stuff that is useless for what I want to do. Gets a little on the expensive side after a while. Anyway here's my list....

Acrylic Painting... Pretty simple really...

Brushes (please don't use plastic bristle brushes!) (yech! cringing at the thought!)
Paint. If you can't buy different colour paints in a pack then just get red, blue yellow, white and black. Get more white than any other colour it disappears pretty fast
Canvas You can buy these at most craft places now all ready to go.
Mixing pots to mix your colours
Pencil & Eraser To draw designs first if you want. Use a very light pencil and don't push too hard. I say use a light pencil because on the lighter colour paints you can see the pencil through the paint if the lead is too dark.
A Jar and Paper Towel Fill a jar with water to rinse your brushes and use the paper towel to blot the brush dry before painting again.
Old shirt To cover your clothes if you are a messer.

That's basically it for the basics.


Beadwork. (more towards jewelry)

Well I don't really think there is a short list for supplies for beading. It all depends on what type of beadwork you want to do.
Needles Bead needles are thin and bendy making them easier to move through your work.
Good Thread I go with Fireline now, a fishing line made by Berkley. TOUGH STUFF! I used to use a type of waxed bead thread thinking wrongly that it was as the package stated "Rot Resistant" I made bracelets with it and after a couple of weeks wear they disintergrated. You can get an elastic bead thread also, can't offer an opinion on that because I've never used it.
Scissors Well you use them to cut with silly
Glue Strong glue to hold your knots. Theres a product called bead cement but I've never used it. Careful with super glue though as it will fume and show your fingerprints on the beads near where you put the glue.
Seed Beads The little little beads that end up all over the floor. You can do alot of different projects with seed beads. Try some size 11 or 10 and size 8 to start.
Bugle Beads Long tubes basically. Use good thread with these as they have a habit of cutting through your thread.
Beads Whatever takes your fancy! If your not sure just buy a bag of mixed beads. The bead shops here in Aus sometimes have bags of odds and ends. I bought a huge bag of these last year and there was all sorts of things in there! Was mad fun dumping the beads onto a huge tray to sort through them, kinda like a treasure hunt!
Jewelry findings The bits that hold your work together so you can wear it. Just go with your basic parrot or bolt ring clasp, some jumprings, a little bit of chain (make sure, if you want to use your chain as part of the clasp on a necklace, that the clasp fits the links on the chain) Some earwires so you can make matching sets, some headpins and eyepins.
Tools Cutters (to cut), roundnose pliers (to bend loops), Needle nose pliers (to hold things and to work with jumprings) Really you can never have too many pairs of pliers.
Memory wire For those of you who don't want to do the thread thing. This stuff is made from steel and its made so that it remembers it's shape, hence the name memory wire. You buy it in different size coils. It goes from ring size to neckalce size.  If you use memory wire get a seperate pair of cutters that are a bit tougher.

I could go on for ages with all the different supplies for beadwork. Like I said before it all depends on what type of beadwork you want to do. I will push the "Buy good thread" thing though. There's nothing worse than seeing something you spent ages creating falling apart!

Here's a good site that has a range of different projects.

http://www.allaboutbeading.com/index.php?sid=965741323&t=sub_pages&cat=3

For some extra inspiration try doing an image search in google. Just search for "beadwork" or "beaded" or something like that. You're bound to find some interesting things!

That's it for my basic list though I am bound to think of something else to add later.
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« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2004 05:25:05 AM »

This would come in handy for me every time I get a brainwave to do something new!

Exactly why I started this thread!!!!!  I have the habit of doing the same thing!  I think I'm going to nab a Sharpie from work and make a sign for over my desk:  Will Work for Craft Money   Grin
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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2004 05:54:21 AM »

Minimum Requirements: 2 hands.  Everything else can be improvised (Though I recommend a hacksaw and a box cutter for anything really complicated). Wink  I mean, I taught my sister to crochet using only a wire hanger and a skein of weird leftover christmas yarn we found in the closet. I was later one-upped by a friend who (in bored desperation) made a jump rope out of pine needles. It's all about seeing the possibilities in the stuff you already have.

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« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2004 09:46:22 PM »

Minimum Requirements: 2 hands.  Everything else can be improvised (Though I recommend a hacksaw and a box cutter for anything really complicated). Wink  I mean, I taught my sister to crochet using only a wire hanger and a skein of weird leftover christmas yarn we found in the closet. I was later one-upped by a friend who (in bored desperation) made a jump rope out of pine needles. It's all about seeing the possibilities in the stuff you already have.




hahahah! ...Pine needles? Now THATS crafty.

I believe my only specialties have been mentioned...  Ah, well my other specialty is spending hours and hours on crafster, but I believe everyone here has already met all the 'minimum requirements' for that.
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« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2004 09:56:21 PM »

Sometimes, when I am trying to make a gift for someone  I get stuck and I can't  get inspired. I will set up parameters to make it a challenge. One of my favorites is to "Use only what you already have. I have made some of my favorite projects with just stuff I already had lying around the house. ANd it wasn't even crafty stuff.  With recyclables, like milk cartons, cardboard, newspaper, magazines  and some flour and glue, a right nice pinata can be made.
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