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I cant get "CRAFTS" out of my head

Updated on October 19, 2012

What craft shall I do...?

Maybe you’re been working in the crafts field for awhile & would like to branch out in to a different or complimentary type of craft. Perhaps you’re thinking about beginning a craft business as a sideline or would like to quit your day job & work for yourself. To help you along, I’ve compiled a basic list of different types of crafts.

1. Textile Crafts

These include any type of craft where you work with fabric, yarn or surface design. Some examples are knitting, quilting, appliqué, weaving & dyeing. Plenty of of these could obviously also fall in to the decorative or fashion crafts categories, since the done nice is sold as a sweater or wall hanging. However, they are technically textile crafts since it all starts with the fabric.

2. Paper Crafts

As the name implies, paper crafts must do with well – paper! My son got his first introduction to paper crafts in preschool when they used carved potatoes to hand print designs on a card for Mother’s Day. The grown up version of this is wood engraving. Other paper crafts include papier-mache, calligraphy, & papermaking.

3. Decorative Crafts

Furniture making, metalwork, stenciling, stained glass, gilding, spongeware, surface design of walls such as trompe l'oeil, basketry & dried flowers fall in to the section of decorative crafts. This section also includes toy making.

4. Fashion Crafts

This type of crafts encompasses all the elements of dressing the human body: jewelry, hats, leatherwork (shoes, belts, handbags) & garments. This craft type will naturally intersect other craft types since jewelry can be made through metalworking & garments are fabricated by sewing – which can be classified as a textile craft.

If you’re looking to have your craft work showcased in magazines such as In Style magazine, this is your area of craft discipline. Pursuing a fashion magazine with relevant press releases or kits is a great way to get free attention that should turn in to a huge increase in sales.

Textile crafts explained

Textile crafts include any type of craft where you work with fabric, yarn or surface design. Some examples are knitting, quilting, appliqué, weaving and dyeing. Plenty of textile crafts can obviously also fall in to the decorative or fashion crafts section, since the done lovely is sold as a sweater or wall hanging. However, they are technically textile crafts since it all starts with the fabric.

This editorial focuses on the textile craft of knitting. Knitted goods are used in plenty of different types of ways. Garments – for example: sweaters, dresses, skirts, accessories like scarves, shawls, hats and gloves and home décor items such as accent pillows. Knitted goods can look wonderful different based on yarn, needle size and pattern.

Kaffe Fassett:

If you require to see the work of six designer who elevates the craft of knitting to an art, check out the handicraft of Kaffe Fassett. They pioneered a special technique of intarsia knitting, weaving elaborate patterns using only six color changes per row.

Intarsia Knitting With Six Colors per Row

Fassett’s basic premise is that his designs are easy to recreate since the color changes are limited to 2 per row. However, you still are carrying plenty of different colors with you from row to row. Fassett refers to his technique as knitting in or weaving in as opposed to intarsia.

Morphing In to Different Craft Disciplines

Fassett has morphed his basic design aesthetic as well. Checking out his web-site,he’s moved in to painting, mosaic, patchwork and needlepoint. I can also see a potential application for the paper crafts kirigami, hand printed wallpaper and wrapping paper.

This is an excellent lesson for crafters to keep in mind. Take your skill set and think about different craft areas in to which you can expand. For example, a knitter can take the basic skill set of combining colors and shapes in a sweater pattern and hook up with interior designers to generate mosaics using eco-friendly recycled glass tiles.

Paper craft explained

Creating pretty paper crafts can be as simple or complex as you need & has plenty of applications. From scrapbooking to rubberstamping custom cards, finding the best gizmo & technique for your desired effect is the key to successful paper craft projects. 

A favorite for people who either do not believe they have creative abilities, or who have little spare time, is rubberstamping. They focus on rubberstamping because it is a great beginning point for creative paper projects, allowing you to quickly add color & dimension to paper without having to draw freehand. Rubber stamps are wonderful because of their speedy application, when you need a uniform repetitive design in your project.

 You may not think you have a creative bone in your body, but you will probably prove yourself wrong. Whether by design or accident, if you are crafting on a regular basis, at some point you will either pick to try something a little different with an elderly technique, or spill some dye in a artful manner.

But before you start gathering your supplies, you need to think about how long you need your creation to "live".

 Five time you have tired of rearranging other people's designs in your crafts, you can always start generating your own rubber stamps. You may need to generate your own stamps if you plan to sell a quantity of your projects & cannot find the right picture from an Angel Company (Angel Companies generally permit their images to be used for resale in handcrafted items--individual company policies vary, so always check).

Archival vs. Non-archival

If you need your paper crafts to last a lifetime, use archival quality products only. When they say products, they mean all the products. If you use archival paper but non-archival inks & adhesives, your paper may last but a non-archival element will fade and/or disintegrate, taking the paper to which it is attached with it. Archival products are acid-free & won't discolor or deteriorate the way non-archival products will. If you do not need your project to last a lifetime, do not worry about whether all the products are archival quality.

For a beginning, start by making a simple greeting card.  Make a short list of supplies you will need. Visit your local scrapbook, rubber stamp or craft store to gather some basic cardstock, rubber stamps, dye or pigment inks & watercolor markers or pencils to get started. Or shop the web. Now let your creativity flow!

Decorative crafts explained

The term "decorative arts" is a traditional term for a unwieldy range of artistic disciplines concerned with the design and ornamentation of items, usually functional, that do not necessarily have any inherent aesthetic qualities. Broadly-speaking, the term is synonymous with "craft", thus plenty of decorative arts (eg. basket-weaving, cabinet-making, ceramics, tapestry and others) are also classified as "crafts." Also, decorative art is part of the larger section of applied art.

What Does Decorative Art Include?

The definition and section of decorative art includes the creation of furniture and accessory furnishings, rugs and carpets, tapestry, embroidery, batik, floral decorations, ceramic pottery (earthenware, stoneware, porcelain and raku), basketry, metalwork, enamelwork, silverware, pewter and jewellery (including cloisonne and champleve techniques), mosaic art, lacquerwork, stained glass and other glassware, and interior designwork. It also embraces any section of "precious or crafted object." This would include items such as Faberge eggs, precious armour and weaponry and mantelpieces (eg. those incorporating marble and mosaic).

Fine art, that is painting, drawing, sculpture and photography, typically has no other function than to be looked at. In contrast, decorative art is often (but not always) utilitarian. Another difference is that fine art tends to be significantly more drawing-based, while decorative arts tend to be more technique-based. But there's exceptions to both these general rules.

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Fashion crafts talk

Not actual basket you will be making just an example

Easter is coming why not

What you'll need:

Tiny woven Easter basket

2-3 sheets of white felt

1-2 sheets of pink felt

Felt scraps in pastel colors (purple, yellow, green, pink, blue)

White craft glue


Hot glue gun

Wide colorful ribbon for rim

3-yard roll of wide blue ribbon for handle

Other colorful ribbons for accents

How to make it:

First, wrap felt around the basket without gluing to see how much you will need. For our basket they used two sheets of white felt, folded in half lengthwise.

Two times you know how much felt you'll need, start gluing it in place using a hot glue gun. Start at the rim and work your way downward, gluing any excess felt to the bottom of the basket.

Trim any edges that overlap much and then glue them down.

Follow the same idea with the pink felt before gluing to see how much you will need to line the basket. White craft glue works best for this step. They used one sheet cut in half lengthwise for the inside and cut out an oval from another sheet to glue to the bottom. To get the measurement for this, basically place the basket onto your felt and trace the bottom with a pencil before cutting it out.

To cover the overlaps around the rim, use a colorful wide ribbon. Glue it in place with hot glue as you go.

To cover the handle, tack the beginning of the blue ribbon to the bottom inside of the handle. Start wrapping it around the handle, pulling snug as you go. Stop and tack with hot glue about two or two times to eliminate the possibility of it unraveling. Glue in place at the other finish of the handle and trim if needed.

Using some colorful ribbon, tie bows at the bottom of the handle on each finish - this will cover any "messy" spots.

Cut out ovals (eggs) from the pastel colored felt scraps. Using white craft glue, glue them to the white felt across the front of the basket.

Optionally, you can tie a ribbon to the top of the handle that matches the ribbon on the rim.


To personalize each basket, cut out child's name from felt and glue to the other side on the white felt.

Buy extra felt when at the craft store. It is cheap and having plenty of different colors on hand is great for unrehearsed craft projects!

Look for ribbon to go on sale and stock up. Ribbon rolls that can cost £4.00 - £5.00 often go on sale for £1.00.

Easter egg hunts are a popular part of this fun and cheery holiday. Whether you attend your local egg hunt in the park or host your own in your backyard, this is the perfect Easter basket for holding decorated Easter eggs and chocolate Easter treats.


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