Story last updated at 12/31/2008 - 12:13 pm
I have a theory about people and crafting that divides the world into three categories: Those who craft, those who love crafters (and therefore craft vicariously) and those who will craft.
For the former two you probably have your new year's craft resolutions already down on your new holiday "to-do" stationary. Knitting scarfs, sewing quilts, beading bracelets or embroidering curtains may be at the top of your agenda. But for those in the third category, those who will craft, a new future unfolds that is so tantalizing.
One of my favorite feats is to take a virgin crafter and find "their" craft. It can be as blissful as making the perfect hat for someone and tends to be all about personality. So, in an attempt to draw new crafters into the fold I've gathered a couple of the more obscure crafts to entice even the least crafty.
Personality: The romantic
Symptoms: Doodling "curly q's" everywhere, writing notes with overly-embellished greetings, using all elaborate, cursive fonts
The Cure: Quilling
This craft involves taking long thin strips of paper, coiling, shaping and gluing them together to create ornamental patterns. It couldn't be more romantic with origins in the Renaissance and the use of the quill as the main tool of the art. Images most often quilled include flowers, butterflies and hearts (sigh). Quilling.com will give you a brief description of how it's done and the best part is you barely need any tools, so getting started is a breeze.
Personality: The Fearless, Independent Spirit
Symptoms: Taking off on unexpected forest adventures, building epically large bonfires, wearing flannel to excess
The Cure: Pyrography
As the name implies, this craft intrigues the pyro in all of us. Pyrography is the art of marking or decorating wood (or other materials like leather or devil's club stalks) using a heated object like a poker. Having a resurgence in the 70s under the name wood burning (I have the kit to prove it), this craft is perfect for the nature-lover who wants the smell of campfire forever singeing their nose. Popular themes in pyrography are wildlife and nature scenes - perfect for any Alaskan. Easiest start-up is with a wood burning kit, which provides a tool that looks much like a soldering iron.
Personality: The young at heart
Symptoms: A love for all things fuzzy, stuffed and cutesy, knowing all the newest children's books or graphic novels
The Cure: Amigurumi
This Japanese craft, though impossible for me to pronounce, is wildly popular around the globe. It involves knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals, usually in spirals. The small figures can be cute animals (such as bunnies) but also branch out to inanimate objects with anthropomorphic features, like a milk carton with a smile and bulging eyes. According to online resources, "The pervading aesthetic of amigurumi is cuteness."
Yarn and a small crochet hooks are the only tools necessary and www.edafedd.etsy.com has affordable patterns of unusual marine animals - such as the humpback whale, sea anemone and boxed jellyfish - for the Alaskan marine biology lover.
Find Tanna Peters' latest creations at suiteliving.blogspot.com and her shared crafting site at craftaddicts.blogspot.com. Send local craft inquiries and info to firstname.lastname@example.org.