It makes me wonder - which cross-stitch piece I do will be the last one? How will I express myself when this skill is beyond me?
It is also, of course, creativity - a fertile, productive act of creation.
But it may someday be beyond me, and I have decided that this year I need to make a point of learning a few new crafting skills, hopefully a bit more large-motor oriented, so that if/when I can no longer ply a needle, I can still do creative work with my hands.
My intention-list of skills to learn/practice:
1. Sketching/Doodling. I drew a lot when I was younger, and it dropped off. I bought a set of small blank cards and some drawing pens, and here soon, I'm going to begin a practice of drawing a small card each week.
2. I'm going to learn how to use a lucet - a Viking era knitting tool used to make cords. I have two varieties - a single version, and a double version. My brand of pagan is Anglo-Saxon ADF Druid (with Heathen sensibilities), and I very much want to learn a skill traditional to my hearth culture.
3. So, for the similar reasons, I also plan to learn to use a drop spindle to twist wool fiber into yarn. I have no idea at all if I can pull this off, but the effort is an offering I am making to Frige, mistakes and all.
4. Soap making - sometime this year I want to try my hand at this. I freely confess, lye scares me, but it's something I've wanted to do for a long time. I expect I'll be starting with some non-lye pour soap first.
5. Candlemaking - I plan to experiment with a few different types over the course of the year.
I got a little jump on that last one today - I decided to start out very small, and bought a container candle kit for my first try. It came with a pitcher for melting the wax, a bag of soy wax chips, a thin wafer of green waxy dye to color the wax, a small bottle of scent ("pearberry"), some wicks, and a few containers - a lidded jar, a glass 'flower pot' shaped votive, and four tea light containers.
The directions were quite straight forward - the pitcher full of wax chips goes into a pot of water (so that it's a double boiler), to melt. Once it's fully melted, the wax dye is added, and then the wax needs to cool to about 120F, before adding the scent.
Wicks are set into each of the containers, and the wax gets poured in - the instructions said to just wait until the wax is semi set to fix any wicks that aren't quite upright. That mostly worked, although I would like to find a way to secure them so they start off seated correctly.
The wax turned out to be a bit more than the included containers could hold, so I found myself scrambling to find other things to use (fortunately, I'd bought extra wicks) - a bit of wax went into a mostly used tea light (hah!), and I used the rest to fill two small empty tea canisters I'd been looking to repurpose.
All in all, this was an easy way to introduce myself to candlemaking, and I'm ready to have another go at it, more completely 'homemade' this time. I recommend kits as a way to get started.
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