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Crafts for beginners?

Postby Woodsmoke22 » 22 Sep 2013, 16:33

I want some small (cheap!) projects to fill up my time... I find handicrafts alleviate low moods, so any simple projects for a (kind of) pagan?

NOTE: Nothing blatantly pagan. I live in a Christian household so gods and goddesses not a wise idea.

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Re: Crafts for beginners?

Postby Dathi » 22 Sep 2013, 17:41

All you need is a basic good quality pocket knife. Plenty of fun to be had whittling, carving or just messing about with sticks.

http://beginnerscarvingcorner.blogspot. ... hobby.html

http://www.woodcarveronline.com/carving ... ticles.php

A fun and relatively easy beginner's project is a "Wood Spirit". Plenty of patterns and video tutorials online.

You're a hop, skip, and jump from wand-making, and there is much to be learnt from our very own wand-master: http://www.bardwood.com/page36/page36.html

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Re: Crafts for beginners?

Postby Aphritha » 22 Sep 2013, 18:37

Box of clay is cheap and versatile, too.
I enjoy weaving jewelry made from hemp, as well. You can craft beads with symbols or colors to represent what you want, being as discrete with it as needed. There's also a pretty big selection of beads at most craft stores if you don't feel like making your own.
Another option is household crafts...you could try crafting wreaths for the seasons, or making decor to put up around the house.
Sewing is a good way to express yourself, as there's so many things you can do. You can stitch clothing, try quilting, or even make toys. Because you're doing it yourself, the possibilities to what you can do with it are endless. I believe we have a few on here who are knowledgeable on these topics, hopefully they chime in.


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Re: Crafts for beginners?

Postby katie bridgewater » 22 Sep 2013, 19:56

Depending on which end of Hants you're in, you could come and volunteer at the ATC. There's a textile group among other things, and you might get to learn all sorts of crafts and skill if you get involved (spinning, coppicing, hedging, pole-lathing, gardening, building, weaving...)
http://www.ancienttechnologycentre.co.uk/volunteer.html

Or you could go along to a spinners, weavers and dyers guild meeting. They will teach you lots of stuff and sometimes have equipment to lend to keen new members. There is a thriving group in Ringwood, Hants.

Learning any ancient skill is a way to connect with your ancestors, all of whom were guaranteed 'Pagan' until about 1700 years ago (maybe less, depending on your ancestry) and also a way to interact with the natural world, by learning about the materials that nature produces (hair, wood, plants, clay etc).

Oh, and none of these things could possibly be construed as anti-christian. Unless you wanted to!

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Re: Crafts for beginners?

Postby Reuils » 24 Sep 2013, 17:04

You could try patchwork/quilting .You can use old fabrics you have at home or find a relatively cheap source at thrift shops.Most areas have patchwork groups and all libraries have a good selection of "how to " books .

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Re: Crafts for beginners?

Postby Lily » 24 Sep 2013, 20:12

brighid's crosses? they don't look pagan....

harvest wreaths - go and pick dried stuff from the hedgerow...
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Re: Crafts for beginners?

Postby Brân Gannaid » 25 Sep 2013, 01:19

brighid's crosses? they don't look pagan....

harvest wreaths - go and pick dried stuff from the hedgerow...
I searched for Brighid's crosses, and found this one that uses pipe cleaners, which are more readily available than reeds where I live, so I plan to try it. http://www.celticai.com.au/2012/07/crea ... ids-cross/

I'm not generally a crafty person, so I've been trying some simple crafts just to see what I like and am capable of!

I'd love to make my own Bardic symbol with wood or metal, as recommended in the Gwersi. I don't see any tutorials for a simple one, and I've never made any jewelry.
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