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« on: February 12, 2006 07:46:38 AM »

I'm going away to one of the Gulf Islands (B.C.) with my fiance for at least four days -- probably more. No television, no phone, no internet -- just our computers (for wedding planning fun) and us. But I want to take a craft along with me. Something easily portable without a lot of thingies to take along.

I love bookbinding, but can't do anything hardcover ones there as there are too many supplies, so I was thinking of taking over the basics and doing up some card stock type books (coptic binding, for example), making a circle journal for my friends or doing up some small date books for people.  I do like writing, so I shall be doing lots of that, and I plan to bring the camera and camcorder. I like knitting, but my shoulder hurts too much for doing that. I am learning to handsew, so I was thinking of doing a small grocery/tote bag. I don't do cardmaking or stamping or anything like that. I'm not a collage type person, and I can't draw to save my life! I've just finished doing a whack of woven felt hearts for my co-workers (I have 35) and that was fun, so I was thinking of doing up a few little felt monsters. And I am learning how to do polymer clay canes, but I don't want to take the pasta maker over and all that.

Any other suggestions for easily portable craftiness that one can do in the evenings while sitting by the wood stove? Something that doesn't require an iron or a drill or a whack of supplies that won't be easy to find on a small British Columbian island? Can one sew vinyl by hand easily? Or placemats that can be done by hand? A St. Patrick's Day or Easter theme would be cool for my co-workers, or anything that I can do with felt, as it is cheap and plentiful.

Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2006 08:03:56 AM »

Hi, i'm not sure if these are good ideas, but maybe like basket weaving (i don't think you need a lot of things except the strips and water but i'm not sure),scrapbooking (you could use all of the pictures out take), or maybe cross stich (you don't really need a lot of stuff, and all of the stuff you need is small)

Or maybe do some sort of craft they do in the Gulf Islands. Or, go to a local craft store and buy some fabric or go to a market and by fabric and sew something/

totally stumped right now, but i hope you have lots of fun!!
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2006 08:51:57 AM »

If you like hand sewing, you should try hand embroidering something, like a purse or wall hanging...it's a nice relaxing evening activity, and if you do a complicated design you could easily keep yourself busy.

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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2006 07:28:33 AM »

Thanks for the suggestions. Lamentably there are no crafts stores on the island -- just a grocery store, pharmacy, liquor store, post office, hair dresser, bakery, and used book store. There are loads of artists and crafters, but they don't sell things supplies, just finished products. I think I'm going to cut out squares to make a nine square quilty-type pillow and do that. I might do some embroidery on it as well. I don't know about weaving, but it sounds like fun and I need a basket for my computer room, so that's a great suggestion. I can't wait for my holidays!

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