apprentice in the crafts

Jean Shrimpton, 1960s.

I have been casting about for a new past time or hobby. In the past, when my children were small I knitted or did tapestry work, but both hobbies faded into the background as my children grew and refused to wear something their mother knitted (how that mantra has changed!) and my eyesight is no longer that great for close work such as embroidery. Trying to thread a needle is often such an exhausting task that I need to lie down before going further!

So, in recent weeks I have settled on trying to new projects. I have always had a hankering to make whimsical little people and creatures, and now that I have a grandchild whom I sure will have a very creative imagination I have been spurred on to actually put the desire into action.

While I was lying in bed I sources a beginner’s kit to needle felting. It includes all the needles, foam, wool samples and a lovely project book to help me get started. And needle threading!


The kit arrived yesterday, so I shall try my hand and my imagination at needle felting. Augie Dog can “play” with the rejects and Petit Fille the more presentable efforts.

The second project has been kicking around in my head for a couple of months now and that is writing a young adult novel. It is based in the realm of magic realism fantasy, and has the working title “Between here and there”. Once again, who knows what will evolve, but it is important to keep the grey cells turning. Yes, the first chapter involves books!

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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7 thoughts on “apprentice in the crafts

  1. I could have written this one. I drew a lot as a I’d and did a lot of craft as a young man. The family have blasted this away to a mere memory but I know I’ll settle to something soon. Look forward to your pics


    • Mum was a constant crafter all her life until dementia stole her thinking and remembering skills. but she always allowed us, and the grandchildren to “have a go” – we knitted, crocheted, polished stones, did plastic beading and macramé, fabric painting, etc etc. However, as we got older it became “daggy” but the grandchildren are following the current trend back to craft and Grandma would be so proud if she only understood.


  2. I think you would have success as a YA novelist. You write very well, and have your finger on the pulse of YA’s at work! Now, I’d recommend taking up running over felting, but you know…you probably would veto that idea.


  3. Most of my friends who took up crafts in their 50s and later did so after the birth of a grandchild. I suppose, in a time where everything has to have an important function, one can argue you’re making something for your grandchild. But there is a certain pleasure in losing yourself in a craft like felting or knitting, not to mention seeing the finished result. It’s almost like meditation, except for the occasional dry eyes or stiffness from sitting too long and staring too closely at your work. Which reminds me, I have a baby afghan to finish!


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