If you had to start a new hobby this month, what would it be?
Posted 20 February 2011 - 10:57 PM
My major hobby at this point in this century - and for the past 16 years - is Patchwork and Quilting. I have made loads of quilts, table covers and table mat sets, most of them have been given away and I get great pleasure in planning a gift for somebody who comes into my life. Right now I am making a set of table mats for some people from SWEDEN who are visiting us this month. Eva is Swedish and Don is from LA. She is an artist (pictures) and he is a potter, in their spare time. They brought us a lovely hand painted photographic print which I have already framed and am looking for a spot to hang. I decided to make some table mats with NZ fabrics so they will remember us whenever they use them.
Actually, I belong to 3 patchwork groups, Stitchwitches on a Tuesday, and Epsom Salts on a Friday so I have lots of friends with a similar interest. I go to an Embroidery group on a Thursday sometimes too - Oh and by the way I am president of Warkworth Quilters this year and next too if they will have me.
I wonder how many quilters there are out there lurking in the Forums?? I would love to hear about what you do. If you google WARKWORTH QUILTERS you will come across quite a bit about us and our town which is a semi-rural centre about an hour north of Auckland.
I also have to say that this interest takes us a lot of spoonfuls as you can imagine, but it leaves me without too much time to feel sorry for myself. We have a membership at WWQ of about 80 these days and they all know my limitations and that really helps with the self esteem thing.
Come on all you quilters, get in touch and maybe swap some blocks or at least ideas.
Posted 22 February 2011 - 11:56 AM
I really admire quilters and I am impressed with all your sewing adventures and leadership, too. That is a marvelous way to stay productively busy and like you say, build self-esteem. Our self-esteem really takes a big hit when we can no longer do all the things we used to do, and finding things we still can do does wonders for our enjoyment, happiness and self-esteem, doesn't it?
If anything sits still for five minutes around our house, it gets either sewn together or painted. I sew nearly all my own clothes, including winter coats. It may sound like a lot but I don't need a huge wardrobe and it is easier for me to sew than to shop. And its more fun and cheaper, too! I made and kept it simple by using only three patterns altogether, because learning patterns is the very difficult part for me. All I have to do is change the fabric or color and it looks like a new outfit. I stand in awe of people who can do things more complicated than that (like quilters!).
This was a really good thread (pun intended), as it got me to thinking seriously about more hobbies (as I am still shy of the 100 mark). I decided my next new hobby is going to be machine embroidery. I'm going to do just enough to decorate some of the outfits I've already sewn. We watched a store demo last week, and it seems the primary thing is having the patience to continually rethread the machine with the next color, and then just watch it work. I am *great* at watching machines work, so I think this will be right up my alley. Wish me luck!
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Posted 03 March 2011 - 10:00 AM
Love this thread, have to say you do get up to some very interesting things. My own hobbies include much of the usual things, reading, crosswords, painting, knitting, sewing, gardening, cooking etc. as and when the fancy takes me. I have expanded my painting skills in recent years by changing mediums and style and have found it very rewarding and love having the ability to turn my hand to many things.
One hobby which greatly inspired me in recent years was starting a dolls house. I never had one as a child and a friend suggested it to me as a very collectable thing to do. So I started a 1940's dolls house about five years ago, bought a kit and took it from there, buying many handmade things from up and down the country and creating and making many things myself. I have had hours of fun (I call it big girls playing, lol) creating the house and have spent quite a fortune on it, but as it is intended as an heirloom one day, I do not feel any guilt. If I were a male I can quite envisage myself having a train set up in the attic and going train spotting at weekends, actually when my youngest son was a toddler I used to take him to see the trains most days and wave at the drivers!!!
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Posted 03 March 2011 - 12:21 PM
Posted 03 March 2011 - 12:39 PM
I found a wonderful shop in a little arcade that had dolls' houses and all the furniture and knick knacks to go in them; even little cups and saucers and crockery. Like Jean, I was fascinated by them but haven't really got the room for one (the items were quite expensive, too!)
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