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« Reply #30 on: March 15, 2006 12:49:14 PM »

Ditto to what everyone else said.  Wink

Crafting is a huge part of who I am, and I didn't even consider myself crafty until last year. When I found craftster, and started my first feeble attempts at sewing, and then I tried crochet, (months later- I still cant) then tried knitting and fell in love.  Cheesy Then I got better at sewing and started branching out and now I consider myself sufficiantly crafty! Now I've just finished knitting my first non-accessory garment.

I really like being different. Its really cool to hear someone compliment something that I made, not knowing that I made it. Or when people see me knitting and are genuinly interested in what I'm doing. I really like teaching people to knit.

The other day I was at Gordman's, and I saw this really cute skirt that I wanted, but there was only one left and it was too big for me. I realized that if that was all that was left, there must be at least 8-9 junior-sized girls in the surrounding three citys, and how many in the whole country? Goodness.

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« Reply #31 on: March 15, 2006 01:48:33 PM »

Hmmm...interesting topic!

For as long as I can remember I have been interested in how things are made and I love making things. There is the element of personal satisfaction at creating something from almost nothing. I must admit it is a thrill to hear people say "You made that?!?" That never gets old!!!  Grin

It is also kind of meditative. When I am making art or working on my crafty hobbies I get lost in what I am doing and I am able to think with clarity during the making process as well as after.

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« Reply #32 on: March 15, 2006 03:50:07 PM »

It is also kind of meditative. When I am making art or working on my crafty hobbies I get lost in what I am doing and I am able to think with clarity during the making process as well as after.

Yesssss! That, too! I love when that happens.

« Reply #33 on: March 15, 2006 04:18:30 PM »

I agree with most of the reasons you gave, plus I like to give people personalized gifts - it just tends to mean a lot more.

I also like praise, so it's awesome when people are really surprised and in awe that I made something.  Cheesy
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« Reply #34 on: March 15, 2006 08:08:29 PM »

I have had an uncontrollable and unexplainable fixation with exclusively knitting for the past nine months that has seriously gotten in the way of my other various crafting interests, so I will answer the question as it applies to my knitting only.

I rarely knit for the use of the finished product.  I knit for the process of figuring things out structurally and creating new designs I've never seen before. It's an art form.  It's also a way to channel my hyperactive creativity into something tangible, so I don't get neurotic with pent-up creative tension.  Constanly working with my hands on a long-term project satisfies my need for kinetic learning and soothes my tendency to have a short attention span.

For crafting in general, I have to agree with all of washu's reasons.


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« Reply #35 on: March 15, 2006 08:25:33 PM »

To me, crafting is a creative artform.  I do a lot of crafting, but as of late my passions have been in crochet and beaded/wire jewellery making.  I love that I can "see" something in my mind's eye, and then make it into a tangible thing that is exactly the same or better than what I had originally imagined.  I very rarely make anything that I keep.  I almost always have someone in mind for whatever it is that I'm making at any given time.  It's an expression from my heart that I sometimes find difficult to express in mere words. It's addictively fulfilling to see my work being used, appreciated and enjoyed. 

I have only one requirement of those that I gift my work to--that they promise not to save it for "good" occasions, and will enjoy it freely whenever the mood strikes them.

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« Reply #36 on: March 15, 2006 08:32:08 PM »

I do crafts because it forces me to slow down. With a fast paced college life it is so easy to get wrapped up, consumed and frustrated with the speed of life. There is nothing like the clicking of needles or delicate needle work to force you to go slow and focus. And for me, it's also carrying on a family tradition. When I crochet a piece of my Great Grandma lives on and I can never wait to show my grandma my newest outfit I've sewn, because she is the one that taught me. The women in my family have given me these gifts and it would be a waste not to use them!!!

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« Reply #37 on: March 15, 2006 10:06:06 PM »

The question is: why do you do crafts?  It is relaxing to me and it makes me feel good to do something nice for someone.  I like to personalize things especially for kids.  The fabrics are often things you can't find in a store, too

« Reply #38 on: March 16, 2006 06:01:45 AM »

they make me happy Smiley

my grandmother knitted, crocheted, quilted, sewed clothes and painted. 
my grandfather was a cabinet builder who later in life made tacky painted lawn ornaments (remember those lady bending over ones?). 
my father used to draw and paint and has the ability to pick up any musical instrument and play any song and doesn't know a single note!
his sister is the scrapbook queen, she made all the decorations for my wedding, sews, knits, ...well she does most anything. 
my mom used to have a craft group that met once a month at each others house and the hostess would put on a new craft. 
my brother is in construction (giant crafting, right?) 
i love to paint, sew, knit, play piano and guitar, really most anything. 

so to get to the point - i think it was just something i was raised with.  crafting is a way to make personal things for people - things no one else has.  i love the satisfaction of making something, it makes me proud to look at what i have done.  as far as the praise - i really don't like it, but i'm one of thoses people that is not good at accepting compliments for anything!

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« Reply #39 on: March 16, 2006 06:09:24 AM »

I agree with leelee it's just one of those things I was raised around. My mother and grandmother crochet and my father was always doing some cross stitch project or another. When I was little we spent alot of time in the car going on trips and things like that at first it was a way to occupy my time and keep my quiet. But as I got older I started making alot of my own gifts and when someone opens something you made and thinks it came from a store, then they realize you made it just for them, the sense of satisfaction and pride is so much bigger and better than if you'd just gotten something at a store.

Plus like alot of the others have said, I have a really hard time finding the things I want and like. Not only for reasons of not having alot of cash but just usually the things I find are in colors I don't like. So I usually figure, you know I can just make that myself. Hope this helps a little, I know it was kinda random but after three days with no power and no internet lol I've got a ton to say.
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