Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Macrame and Candles - A Skill Swap Morning.

 Gaaaahhhhh! I have been missing blogging so much! The past few days I have seen me falling into bed each night exhausted and unable to speak, let alone write. So I am posting even if words are only used sparingly.
And thank goodness I have something fun to write about! Today my friend Maddy (who made the dream catcher) came over and we had a morning of swapping skills. Maddy taught me how to make soy candles (wahooooooo!!!) and I shared my extremely meagre knowledge of macrame.
 This is Maddy in action.
 In this day and age it's a wonderful thing that we can sign up here and there for classes but they are expensive and something that just isn't always in the budget. I love the idea of bringing different talents together and sharing knowledge for the joy of it. It would be a great thing to set up some kind of forum bringing people together in this way. Thinking cap on!
 I made a couple of quick nets (?) and have swivelled with a new direction - crocheted, macramed, bonsai balls - there is going to have to be a catchier title than that! Watch this space.
 I can't wait to get going!
 I love, love, love candle making - it really is one of the most relaxing crafts ever, especially when you have a lovely teacher.

And here is some bunting I bought on the weekend. I'm so annoyed because I lost the label telling me who made it. The colours are sublime though aren't they. 
Lots of love,
Kate. xxooxx.


  1. I'm sure I can teach you heaps of things when you come, maths and things just like when we were little! Although I can't understand why you found it so boring - and thought I was so bossy?! Anyway, perhaps you could make me some candles in return?! xox

  2. Oh my goodness! Those macrame/crochet balls are AMAZING!!!!! I love them!

  3. These little handing globes are so cute! :-) Looking forward to see more of them!

    Take care

  4. It's fun to have a day swapping crafts. There is a group that just started here called Swapsi. It's an exchange of skills, not just crafts but catching on.

  5. There is no reason to take classes! I always wonder why people do, when they seem to be cramped, short on time and you have to take some of that valuable time getting to them. I find other people who attend them make for a cluttered experience where you learn more at home. I don't want to share a table! I want room/space and time to think what I am doing.

    You get very little individual attention, where as if you teach yourself it is very intensive. You also seem to have a very long drawn out process of learning one small thing over some weeks. That would annoy me! Sock making for instance is just a matter of following a pattern, and looking up things if you need to. Going to a class to do the same is not required. There is no time to chat and make friends unless you want to learn even less, so even this is not a good reason.

    I learn whatever I need to know by myself. Before the internet I taught myself crochet and knitting this way. I now use the internet and have been able to learn many new techniques. I embroider, sew, crochet, knit and draw. Sometimes I read information, other times I watch videos.

  6. A (free)skill swamp, sounds great! Love that idea, the main reason I'm self taught in most crafts, I'd be broke if I took classes in all that I do! lol (Easier to list the crafts I don't do than the ones I do.) ;D Love the mix of crochet and macramé, I've never thought to mix the two, and I've done both most of my life. Happy candle making!

  7. I love sharing what crafty skills I have.

  8. Hello Kate, a lovely fun day-sharing crafts is amazing especially the ones that are slightly out of your comfort zone so I appreciate being shown something new as a preference to learning it myself-guessing that is why I love blog land so much but you can't beat the personal interaction.

  9. Your crochet macrame bonsai balls remind me of little planets with oversized vegetation...a bit like a cartoon caricature in some ways.
    I don't have room in my budget for tutorials and workshops these days. Depending on the teacher and the topic, they can be very worthwhile - having a real person to listen, examine one's work and solve problems and answer questions in real time is hard to find in books and online tutorials.



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