All right! My love other than hostas is making nice things - now this truly is a one-stop gathering place!
Right now I am working on making hats - from scratch. Yep, I go wayyyy too far most of the time (hehe). Start with wool batts (like quilt batts), get it hot and soapy and then rub, beat, roll and wring the heck of it until it is felt. Shape a hood and repeat the beating, rolling and wringing until your arms are shaking from abuse. Then put shrunken hood on plastic HatShaper and tug into shape. Heat with steam iron and beat, roll and form until your arms feel like they want to fall off...and then you have a hat. Then all you have to do is make an inner sweatband and sew it in, hand sew on a 1/4” satin ribbon wrapped around the edge of the brim, then create and sew on some snazzy hatband. I have HatShapers to make many different styles: Amish, fedora, top hat, gambler, dome, baseball cap. Check out their site at hatshapers.com for more info. You can see pictures of the first one I finished under “Amish Hat” at:
I also do wood carving, and am carving a chess set for my husband. They are very detailed, and each takes about a year to complete. You can see pictures at the same link above, under “Carvings”.
And next on the list is designing and hand-painting tshirts. The guitar shirts I make my husband also take about a year to complete, using a tiny, 4 bristle brush and 7-10 layers of dye/paint on each line. You can see them under “Tshirts”.
I design, bake and decorate all the family wedding cakes. Some have served up to 300 people. You can see some of those under “Wedding Cakes”.
I like doing most crafts, but am a complete failure at knitting.
What does everyone else do, so we know who to ask what questions?