Okay, sorry it has been a couple of weeks since I have posted on this site. Recently I have volunteered to teach a few crafting classes at the Public Library that I work for. March 9 I will be teaching Crochet, March 23rd I will be teaching a Creative Journal Binding class for teens and up, then on March 30th I will be teaching a Knitting class using the combined continental knitting method that I am familiar with.
Of the three I am most concerned about the knitting class. Apparently there are two methods of knitting, three if you count the combined version, but essentially there is the eastern method and the western method. Most people in America and Europe use the western method. I use a combination of the two, and it works well for me. I enjoy it, though I find Crochet faster, I can do this craft quite well and easily.
Oh well, so I had to work on getting the powerpoint presentations together for them as well as supplies lists and a press release (it only needed minor modifications when I handed it off so that’s great!). For the knit and crochet classes we will be working on creating a washcloth. Not too exciting, but not too complicated either.
The public library will also be offering beginners computer lessons this upcoming week and a week in March in addition to possibly offering other classes (it depends on what the library system decides). In another job I might be teaching a class on Library Research Skills, though I doubt it, but I will have a high-school class to teach the second week in March.
So, even though I have managed to almost spin 1/2 of a Quarter Ounce batt I received in my Phat Fiber box, I don’t have any crafting to post or to speak of. Let me see how March goes, and if I have a few craft posts at once I’ll try to spread them out more!
I have been working on various forms of Japanese Stab Binding. Specifically I have been working on different patterns and how to create the most interesting forms with the least effort. As of February 2016 I have learned that I can break an Awl trying to go through paper, and if I just use a stabbing motion I tends to result in weird looking paper on one side or the other. Also, if you do not tie the knot on the inside, where they recommend it, it tends to come loose causing trouble. I am very proud of my results so far, since they are all made with scrap paper and thread I had lying around it isn’t too bad really.
I look forward to seeing where this craft will take me.
I am still working on some of the fiber that I got from the Phat Fiber box. I did manage to spin one mini batt called Spice Trader, the colors are wonderful. I did 2 singles on my Tahkli spindle and combined it with a Bamboo Silk also spun on my Tahkli.
This wound up being about 17 yards, ignore the blue ties those are just so my mini hank doesn’t turn into a mess.
I hope to use these few yards to make a square, maybe even 2 if I’m lucky! I’ve got to sett them first, so I’ll show you when I’m done. Happy Crafting
There are all sorts of interesting crafts out there. Since I am a librarian book binding has fascinated me for years. The intricate work and skills that can go into creating the text blocks of a book, sets of pages, then sewing them together creating the covers and spine, covering the cover and spine…the list does go on. This process also takes several days depending on how intricate you are getting. If you are stretching leather over the cover then there are presses, glues, and a few other things to take into consideration. If this is something that interests you I have gotten supplies from Hollanders and Dick Blick Supplies, also Demco and Gaylord have interesting and fun supplies. The only other thing that they all have in common, it is an expensive hobby to get into. If you are into making paper, art, journaling, writing, or anything like that then creating your own books can be a very worthwhile hobby. I did create my own book at one point, but I cannot find any of the pictures for the life of me.
Japanese Stab Binding, pictured at top, has just a few things in common with traditional binding and a much shorter supplies list. Paper, scrapbooking paper if you want something pretty, awl (or screw punch), ruler, tapestry needle and some kind of thread or yarn. With these few supplies you can easily create a very pretty book. I recommend checking out some of the Stab Binding Videos on YouTube or searching for Japanese Stab Binding on Pinterest.