What got you started crafting/jelwellery making.

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What was it that got you started crafting and/or making jewellery?
I have always been creative for as long as I can remember.
I think the first thing I remember was getting a play baking set for my fourth birthday. It had a working mixer with bowl and a small wooden spoon which I still had and used until a few years ago when it finally gave up the ghost. I was inspired by this to go on baking as I was growing up and even trained as a chef. I also had a small wool loom and a Dolly Bobbin (French/spool Knitter) I was also given a knitting set as a child as well. I absolutely loved this as it had a wool holder shaped like a clowns head, you took his hat off, popped your ball of wool inside, then the end came out a hole in the top of his hat so your ball of wool didn’t roll away or get tangled up.
I loved them all and would make all sorts of things with them. Though I never did get the hang of knitting.

I started in amateur dramatics when I reached secondary school went on to study this in college, with dreams of becoming a great actress, before deciding to concentrate on cooking and training as a chef. Unfortunately I had to give that up due to my growing family and ill health.

While the children were still quite small my husband and I decided as we both enjoyed history we would join a local living history society. We would spend weekends traveling up and down the UK putting on events teaching the public about Viking and Saxon life. I would make all our costumes and my OH made our shoes and tools and other such things. This was an amazing time, I learnt all sorts of new crafts. Knall binding, Lucetting, and Kumihimo.

As the children got older and preferred to do their own things we gave this up.
So I looked for other things I could do, I started cross stitching then card making, I taught myself to crochet and one day while watching ‘Create and Craft’ channel they introduced an new craft. Jewellery making. I was hooked.

I started with just a few faux and glass beads and cheap findings from a local hobby store. Making for myself, family and friends. Then I found the ‘Jewellery Making’ channel. OMW fabulous genuine gemstones at amazing prices. Guest designers who demonstrated an amazing range of techniques. Well now the thrill I get when I look at a finished piece and think ‘I made that’ is just too hard to explain. It is my sanctuary in a mad world. I have gradually gone from my kitchen table to taking over a spare bedroom now all the children have grown and left home.
Long may it continue.



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Robyn ...

All the woman in my family are crafty, I can knit, crochet, cross stich, ect, but I never really stuck with any of it, then for mothers day my children brought me home a necklace and bracelet they had made them selfs, it was more charms then chain, but I loved them, they told me about this bead store and wanted me to go have a look, so I did. The owners were the best and I bought a bead loom thread and some seed beads, I was looming in no time. At that time there were no books few websites and only one mag so I had to learn on my own, as time went on I learned countless techniques, and 12 years later Im still beading and learning, it all thanks to my kids:-)

robogirl ...

I was bought a bead loom when I was about 12. Used it for a couple of years, then it fell by the wayside. Life, marriage, kids & work took over for a while. Then started card making. I go to a craft club in my local craft shop and one of the ladies was starting up jewellery classes at home. I thought I’d go along to support her, thinking that it wasn’t something I’d get hooked on! How wrong I was! Bought myself another bead loom (I’d long since lost the original!) and then another. And another. I use all three for different things! As I’d rediscovered seed beads, I had a go at off-loom weaving and found how much I enjoyed that… then chain maille, memory wire; need I go on! That was a year ago and I haven’t got bored yet! And the card-making? Still there, along with occasional altered art pieces!

InSpirit ...

I’ve only been making jewelry for a couple of years. My mom received some craft kits in the mail and one was a bracelet kit… It had all the beads, findings and instructions. I decided to make it for a Christmas present. When I finished,I realized I really enjoyed it ! So I’ve been trying to learn the techniques ever since.

Jean Bruce ...

I do all kinds of crafts, except painting and sewing no talent for either one. My sister-in-law got me into beading she wanted a bracelet with her children’s names on it. So I took a simple bracelet class and I was hooked