I love the art of creating. I think we are programmed to love making things. Those things could range from a beautiful painting to writing an awesome line of code. I believe the feeling at the end of either activity comes from the same place in our soul. It is that place where my desire to try new mediums of expression begins. That being said, recently I realized there are some crafts I’ve crossed off my list. Most of them I’ve tried, unsuccessfully. Below are the art forms I’m saying goodbye to for the time being, but I should mention that I’m also easily swayed by a good “try this new craft” argument.
1. Cross-stitch: I think cross-stitch is so beautiful. I cherish the pieces I have that were made by friends and family. I’ve tried cross-stitch several times but I think–much like my formal dancing days–my cross-stitch days are behind me. The work is so intricate that I find myself nervously waiting to mess up, and when I do I have no ability to quiet the frustration. For the sake of the innocent ears in my home and my desire to not sound like a sailor to my children, I will put away my thread.
2. Pottery: I love the beauty of pottery with all my heart and soul. I remember trying to build a mug from clay in high school and it didn’t quite resemble a mug in the end. I visited my big brother at a pottery class he was taking and he was carving ships into his work. Ships, I say! I was equally as impressed and intimidated as I am by anyone who knows what to do with one of those spinning wheels.
3. Beading: Much like cross-stitch, the intricacy of this beautiful medium leaves me bewildered. I bought a beading loom after college and a friend showed me how to use it. My first bracelet was a smashing success. Then I started bracelet number two. I missed a bead, incurred a tangle and that was all she wrote. Do you see the trend that develops in my endeavors? I lack the ingredient of patience.
4. Knitting: I used to knit for a brief period and I often think my crochet love should translate nicely to knitting. Then I think of how much is required of my brain just to remember my crochet stitches. I also never learned how to finish my knitting projects appropriately, so that also left me dejected. I hated that I had to phone-in the finishing on my projects. I know I could probably learn that now, but then there are so many crochet techniques I’d like to learn.
5. Soap-making: I am a bit of a soap-making stalker. I research the steps that go into soap-making every few months. Of all the crafts I’ve listed, this is the one I long to try the most. There is just one thing holding me back: lye. Every time I read about the soaps I want to make, I see the warnings about how careful you must be with lye and I cannot stop envisioning myself stumbling like Lucille Ball around my kitchen, covered in this caustic ingredient.
I haven’t totally given up hope. Maybe I will meet a new crafty friend that can stitch, throw, bead, knit and handle lye like a pro and that magical being will insist on teaching me.