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    Hi all,

    Just wondering if anyone has any crafty type of hobbies, I love making quilts, make them for us, friends (and dogs).

    Just off to Textile Traders now for buy two, get one free, it's an excuse for me to buy even more fabric ... I already have a truck load

    I've tried most crafts, folk art painting, stamping (making cards), mosaics, embroidery, general sewing, but I keep coming back to quilting.

    I bought an overlocker a couple of weeks ago and going to attempt some simple clothes making, my patience (and skill) doesn't really stretch too far in the dressmaking side of things.

    I have a short attention span, so that means I have many projects that I start and not such a lot that get finished before the next one starts....

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    I whipped up a mean pillow case in my year 8 Home economics class....lol.

    Seriously though i do have a hobby thats kinda crafty...tying fishing flies. I only do saltwater fish/crustacian ones though..the insect trout/freshwater are no good to me up in Bundy. I have a desk setup in the spare room where i keep all my animal furs (deer, calf and fox tails etc), synthetics, feathers, heaps of bobbins in every colour, glues, tools ,vices and boxes and boxes of bits and pieces. Probably have a grands worth of the crap

    I used to think Spotlight was actually a light store...... now i go in all the time looking for all types of materials....and i'm usually the only bloke in there.
    I've even bought hair extensions, wigs and nail polishes....for tying flies Reyzor, not what your thinking mate !!! I tell the wife which ones i want and she picks them off the shelf and takes them too the counter....too many suss looks over the years from checkout chicks when i did it. LOL..

    Here's one i tied from my mums Shitzu's tail hair i snipped off when she wasnt looking....pissed her right off He didnt seem to care....

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    and a couple of yabby and prawn imitations (no dog hair). These ones glow in the dark too.

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    Believe it or not they actually catch fish too.

    Thats about as crafty as i get.


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    That's fantastic Sean, love the one from your mum's dog's tail, very creative!!

    Those flies would cost you a fortune to buy made up already and you can create them to your own designs ... it's probably like quilting, that there's a certain element of calculating to do, and then the fun of picking which colours to use and the actual making of the piece of art which I find anything from relaxing to bloody annoying (when I don't concentrate and have to unpick) to the achievement of making your own stuff.

    If they catch fish too, then that's the best bonus Love the fact that you get your wife to buy your supplies in Spotlight, gee the hours and the $$$ I have spent there ...

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    I used to do scrapbooking when the girls were little.



    I really want to start sewing. I have noticed how short and adult looking all the dresses in the 7-14 kids size range are getting.
    I want to be able to make some cute tops and dresses. My daughter is tall for her age and everything in her size is so much shorter than it should be.

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    Scrapbooking is clever Sharoo, I bought stuff to start it, but never had the patience to organise all the bits. It's a great way to keep memories, and will be fun for the girls to look at when they're older.

    I also want to do some dress-making sewing. I'm going to try making some pj pants and simple skirts - I've bought some patterns

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    I love making things. I'm pretty resourceful and I recycle bits and pieces that I have lying around. For instance, I used to breed rats and mice, so I made a wooden rack with plastic tubs as drawers and wire mesh on top. Later after I no longer bred rodents, I dismantled the breeding rack and used it as a pen in the shed when my ducks had ducklings to contain them, and I use the plastic tubs as mini portable duck baths, they're a perfect size and depth for the ducklings. And now since I don't have ducklings at the moment, it's being used as a puppy pen. I've made tops for fish tanks with wire mesh and hinged wooden lids for my lizards, I made a wooden weights rack for my bf and I made a climbing frame for a vine out of palm fronds. Bunnings is my favourite place. My next project is going to be a rotary duck plucker made from pvc pipe and rubber.

    I also like sewing when I get a chance (not very often), I've made dog bed covers, I'd like to make a couple of dog coats for my pup soon since it's starting to cool down a bit. I made my own corset years ago. When i actually had spare time, I was very arty, used to draw all the time, did digital paintings, carcoal pictures, airbrushing, clay stuff. Ah, I wish I had time to do all that again

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    Findeb, you sound like me, I have a very short attention span too. I bought a sewing machine a couple of years ago, and that sits in the shed collecting dust, even tried scrapbooking, but that made me feel a bit overwhelmed, wasn't sure where to start. Wouldn't mind giving sewing a crack again might need some classes though methinks. I agree with Sharoo, girl's clothes look a tad grown up for my liking, my girls are 5 and 7.

    Sean, your lures look awesome, looks a tad fiddly, i would crack the shits lol.

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    my mates wife runs a really good scrappbooking store on the central coast....

    sean those flies look ace mate...... i thought when you said you tie flies that you were in sydney on oxford st.......

    the most creative thing i do is attack metal with a grinder, or see if i can bend bottle caps the opposite way to what everyone else does..... cant really do it without ripping my hands to shreads.......
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    rotary duck flucker - a thing of legend.

    I have plucked a few pigeons and ducks - I always have to think about eating the cooked product to be able to focus on doing it. A mechanical device (which would have to be contained in a feather proof cage), would be worth a lot of money to everyone who needs to get the feathers off their food.

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    Oskar's Mum, tis the season of sewing, the weather is cooling down, joy joy happy happy ...

    There's some fantastic fabric in Spotlight and they now have heaps of free patterns in pads that you can peel one off, they have patterns for all sorts of things. They also sell really funky colours in the "flat fats" which is half a metre of fabric cut in half so you get a quarter of a metre but in a shape that can be a lot more practical. You can sew a quilt as simple as sewing 9 "flat fats" together in really bright colours. Doing a class is great too, you can learn a lot from a couple of classes.

    On the internet though, there are 100's of tutorials for all kinds of things from quilts to dog beds to all kinds of clothes and stuffed toys and library bag type things for kids - so many amazing things that clever people have made. Over Easter my friend and I are attempting to make some aprons for her two girls 3 and 5, I googled kids apron tutorial and so many fantastic patterns came up.

    Blackthorn you sound very creative - did you teach yourself to make all those things ? I share your love of Bunnings, I went there last night to get a new mop head and half an hour later went and got a trolley and left an hour later with the trolley half full

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