TOUR STOP WITH VICKIE HOWELL + BOOK GIVEAWAY

Today I’m virtually zipping over to Austin, TX to visit with my friend Vickie Howell, who was kind enough to host me today on my blog tour. Click on over there to hear what she has to say about Sewing in a Straight Line. That’s Vickie and me above, when we went to The Met last week to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit, accidentally both dressed in black and white stripes. Thanks for the blog tour post, Vickie! xoxo

 

And now it’s giveaway time!! Up for grabs today is an autographed copy of my book and a set of Coats & Clark sewing thread. To enter, leave a comment on this post and tell me, do you knit and/or crochet, and of so, how does that make you feel about sewing? Do you do both (or all three) crafts in harmony, or do you find that if you’re into one you’re not into the other? I’d like to know. There are no wrong answers! [This giveaway is now over, but feel free to leave a comment to join the conversation about knitting, crochet & sewing. And check current posts to enter current giveaways!]

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  • Bettina Thompson

    I love to sew, and have been practicing my knit/purl stitches, but I find sewing easier to understand. Knitting is a bit more abstract to me, don’t know if I could ever follow a knitting pattern!

  • Steven

    Knit so much. Crochet enough to get by and want to do more. Sew poorly but desperately want to sew more, especially quilts and men’s clothing (like shirts, in particular). Sewing skills I have picked up, like finishing the double-fold binding on a quilt, has improved my knitting finishing skills. Being comfortable with crochet opens up more advanced knitting skills, such as provisional cast on and fancy edgings.

    BTW – major fan!

  • Jessica

    I agree with another poster, everytime I’ve tried to knit – it has not been intuitive, maybe I need a better teacher! Sewing is way more straightforward to my mind.

  • Jenni S.

    I’ve been crocheting for years and have just started knitting. I really like patterns like Linda Permann’s that blend crochet and sewing. It’s the sewing part that’s intimidating to me! I cant’ wait to learn though.

  • Cheryl Clemons

    I love to knit and crochet….sewing not so much. I have handsewed items to knit and crochet creations. My daughter loves to sew. Thankgoodness my mom is able to show her how.

  • Alicia

    Right now I only sew. My mother taght me how to knit when I was younger, but it’s been years, I’ve come across some pretty interesting knitting projects and would love to re-learn how to knit. I’ve never tried crocheting…it looks complicated…maybe one day ;)

  • Sara

    I have tried and tried to learn to knit but I just can’t get the feel for it! I seem to forget how to do it as soon as I learn! My mother, however, is very talented at both. And loves to combine the two in ways that I wish I could!

  • Seana

    Taught myself to do all three, mostly by internet videos. Love knitting & crochet for their simple ingredients but I’m too slow at it and I’m not exactly known for my patience…enter: sewing. Love being able to make a skirt in a weekend, hate all the cleanup and space it takes up in my tiny apartment. Have yet to combine the three, busy getting married next month!

  • http://www.nezbitthecat.com Nez

    Don’t do any of the above, but I am fascinated by people who do.

  • http://www.handknitsbysusan.wordpress.com Susan

    I knit, a lot. I would love to do more machine sewing (and already have a few projects from your book picked out), but I find knitting to be so much more portable so it usually wins out over sewing. If I could bring my sewing machine to a coffee shop or to the park like I do with knitting I would, but I see potential problems with that…

  • Elisa B.

    I knit and sew but am an amateur at both. I tend to stick to one project at a time but I would like to be able to do more.

  • Rosaline

    Knitting seems so much easier than sewing, but I can sew and still don’t know how to knit!
    When my mother knits, she always seems so calm and at ease. I love to see her, and to watch her hands with the wires. For me, it’s very homy.
    But when I’m behind the sewing machine, I stress because there are still so many things I don’t know, and I must be fully concentrated. So the two things reminds me of complete different things! But it shows off when you finish your clothes, both with sewing as with knitting! And I must say I find it very pretty to combine a whoolen knit cardigan with a (selfmade) shirt! No overkill with knitted stuff for me!

  • Anne

    I’ve been crocheting for years and I just learned how to knit about 6 months ago. I decided that I wanted to make hand bags, clutches, purses, etc. The thought of hand sewing the linings into each bag was almost enough to put me off the idea. Then I saw someone giving away an old Singer for free online so I went and picked it up. I’m just learning how to sew, but I had an explosion of ideas on how I can incorporate sewing, knitting and crocheting. So far, so good!

  • Emily Furda

    I do all 3. I think I first fell in love with these types of things when I made my first potholder on a toy loom! Remember those? :) A babysitter used a blunt needle to teach me to cross stitch when I was 5! Fell in love with sewing in 7th grade home econimics & got a sewing machine for Christmas that year. Haven’t sewn in much lately because I can’t find many patterns in mysize. I always wanted to learn to knit & taught myself about 6 years ago. Same thing with crochet last year. I see so many times where they overlap & would love to mix them together. I find myself adding knit & crochet things to store bought items. Most recently I bought a dress that had rings on the straps. I needed to hide my bra & so I made crochet granny motifs with string & beads to cover them. The biggest thing I’d love to learn is how to design, so I could combine them into unique creations. I love making “mixed media” fabric projects!

  • Margo

    I knit and crochet. I had some basic sewing lessons in high school but never went any farther. I keep telling myself one of these days I’m going to take more lessons I would really like to be able to make my own clothes.

  • Barbara

    I knit and crochet mostly. I used to sew a lot for dd from the time she was 2 through high school. Also plan to resume needlepoint in 2012. I enjoy crafting in man;y forms. Dd would like to sew and I think Brett’s book would be perfect for her!

  • http://anniebebop.blogspot.com Annie

    I love it all.. sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, cross stitch, needlepoint, cloth dollmaking, .. anything fiber-related. Just haven’t mastered tatting! Keeps life interesting to switch around and sometimes combine some of the techniques.

  • Susan

    LOVE to crochet, beginner at knitting and getting back into sewing. I just mane a zebra tote for my daughter to bring to camp. I need to get my daughter sewing and I think this book would have some great projects to introduce her to sewing. I just looked at the post above and saw someone else thinks like me!

  • http://www.wearedrawntogether.net Amanda

    Hiya Brett!
    I have been sewing for a looong time and knitting for not quite as long. Though my knitting skills never moved past scarves (believe me I have made many many scarves/headbands/belts/potholders -squares and rectangles, clearly) but then got bored and was never interested enough to expand my skills. I learned to crotchet last summer and made some little hanging pennants and lusted after other people’s beautiful crotchet work but honestly, I think I’m a sewer and that’s where my heart lies! Not to say I won’t pick the ‘sticks’ back up periodically over the years when the inclination grabs me :)

  • http://www.suechadwick.co.uk Sue

    I am finding my former other craft self! I moved from London into the country a year ago, joined a begginer knitting class, my first creation posted to my Mum for her birthday was lost in the post… I think she got lucky there!! I am now wanting to create a landscape throw in time for winter….Lots of rectangles of the changing landscape pictures I see from my studio…. and I have just bought a secondhand sewing machine, just in time for my Mum who is visiting me next month, to show me how to use !! (the previous owner bought it in Germany, never used it and the manual is lost… so it is going to be a sewing adventure :)
    just found your blog from Design Sponge… fantastic!

  • Nancy Davis

    I crochet at an advanced level. I have been at it for 38 years. I learned to knit first, but still am only comfortable doing a garter stitch. As for sewing, I had a BAD experience with it in home-ec (which was required for all girls at my school in the 70s). I had two left thumbs and the teacher told me I would never learn to sew. I took it to heart. For years, I would not try. But being almost 50, I decided to prove the old biddy wrong. I bought a sewing machine, it frightens the bejesus out me. There are dials, and knobs, and sharp things. OH MY! I need to win your book, so I can learn to sew a straight line. Please help me in my endeavor to prove Mrs. Bujknok wrong. LOL! If I don’t win, I am surely buying your book. :)

  • http://www.wearedrawntogether.net Amanda

    P.S. you and Vicki are adorable and I just saw the McQueen show last week – AMAZING!!!! What a genius…..

  • http://thehybiscusjournals.bandcamp.com thom

    My mom taught me to crochet when I was a kid. Once i hit high school, I didn’t really bother with it for quite some time. A few years ago, I picked up the hooks again and have had some project or another in the works ever since. A friend taught me how to knit about the same time I started crocheting again. My knitting skills are basic at best, and I don’t have much patience for it. I’ll still tinker with knitting on occasion but my yarncraft of choice is crochet. I don’t know how to sew but I’ve been fascinated by the idea of making my own clothes for some time. I’m hoping to act on that fascination in the near future.

  • http://whatalight.blogspot.com teresita

    I’m quite amateur in anything wool, but I do al three. For me sewing is fun+necessity and the others just for fun. I tend to dive into one at a time

  • http://www.blackberrybeads.com/feed/ donner

    I knit and sew, and attempt crochet, but its not my strong suit. I find that I tend to cycle through my activities – for awhile I was VERY engrossed in knitting, and maybe its the July heat, but I’ve switched gears and am now sewing a lot – mostly summer clothing. Once the summer passes, I’m sure I’ll be back to more knitting again….and poor little crochet, just doesn’t feel the love. But maybe that’ll change…

  • Mary Ann

    I knit and crochet, but find sewing totally intimidating…..the machine and I struggle….I keep trying. One day we may found peace with one another.

  • Tbird0123

    I knit crochet scrapbook and am a beginner quilter. I’m not sure I connected the dots between sewing and knit/crochet but my color choices I think are improving because of the two. I have never been one that has an eye for mixing fibers or fabrics bit it def is improving

  • Katherine

    I CAN both knit and sew but I enjoy sewing more – I find knitting to be a bit too monotonous, whereas the problem-solving aspect of sewing my own designs really appeals to me. I guess knitting does involve problem-solving as well, but it still doesn’t “flow” from my fingers as well as i know it does from master knitters. All props to them!

  • Kate

    I knit and crochet when I don’t want to think to much about my project. I can just sit on an airplane or in front of the t.v. and keep my hands busy.

  • Amanda W.

    I started with crochet, but quickly moved to knitting where I have stayed. I’m in love with needles, so knitting is where my heart will always be, I’m sure. But I also LOVE fabric. I am dying to try my hand at sewing and I know your book will be the perfect place to start. I’ve hand sewn cuffs on trousers, buttons, purse linings, etc., but I’m dying to get more adventurous.

  • Jen S

    I do enjoy a good hand sewing project and needle-working like embroidery. Knitting is also one of my hobbies I do from time to time and many finished knitted projects often require sewing to finish them off.

  • Jody Ridzi

    I adore knitting. I love that it is compact and I can take it to a coffee shop and sit with friends. I am very interested in doing more with sewing. For some reason, it’s intimidating to me!

  • Haley

    I decided to teach myself to sew when a lot of my friends were getting into knitting but I found it frustratingly slow. I’ve recently started cross stitching (mostly on my commute via el) and really like it so I might have to give knitting a second chance.

  • http://strungoutdesigns.blogspot.com Amy

    I learned to crochet before I learned to knit. I do prefer crochet over knitting. My (soon to be met) goal is to incorporate some crochet motifs or panels into some sewing. Maybe pillow shams or something. I do tend to flip back and forth between passions … sometimes I crochet like a fiend … now I’m sewing like a fiend! OMG!!!! What happens when I end up doing both at the same time???

  • http://@ladyjanetontwitter Janet Beach Davis

    Been knitting and crocheting since I was about eight. Started sewing at about age 9. I love them all, and do whatever fits best. If I want it to be warm and chunky/lacy then I crochet, warm and smooth= knit and cotton/denim cool = sewing. I do mix knit and crochet (I love crocheted tops and knitted bottoms on socks) and I mix in sewing if I need to line something, put in a zipper, whatever. They are all good skills to have. I have gone through periods where I stopped knitting for years to sew more, then stop sewing to crochet, but it all evens out.

  • Ashley

    I’m a sewer and a crocheter. I’ve tried my hand at knitting, but I haven’t quite mastered that skill. I love crochet because all you need is your hook and yarn. The simplicity of it compared to sewing is what makes it so easy to pick up and do frequently. I also love that once you develop better crochet skills you can mindlessly continue doing it while you watch TV or talk with others!

    Sewing still has a place in my craftiness, though. I’m working on becoming a stronger sewer lately.

    Thanks for the giveaway, Brett!

  • http://mackin-art.blogspot.com Kelly

    I love to sew, it’s just fascinating to create a three dimensinal object from flat fabric. But I have never managed to learn to crochet or knit (tried and failed dismally) -well, not quite true as I can manage to use a knitting frame, but that’s not especially useful!

  • Sarah

    I am very good at following knitting & sewing patterns, but not so good at improvising or designing my own patterns. I would love to learn to do that. Never been interested in crocheting, though I can do a simple crochet edge to a knit piece.

  • Allison

    I sew, and can knit scarves, but I’d really love to expand my knowledge and skill of all things crafty.

  • Melinda

    I used to knit. all the time…presents for everybody. Then I learned to quilt and embroider and that took over my life. I haven’t knitted ever since. It’s been 7 years and I have not touched a yarn ball or even walked in that aisle in Michael’s in that time. But I can’t go in a fabric store without buying at least one fat quarter for some future quilt. Crafts are super addictive.

  • http://helenscornerblog.blogspot.com Helen G.

    I knit and sew, but find myself gravitating toward one or the other, never both at the same time.

  • Catlyn

    I knit, crochet, sew, and embroider! I love all of them pretty equally and have an even number of projects between them that I like to work on! Each one has a use and creates equally beautiful results!

  • aj

    I have taught myself to knit and crochet, and am most happy crocheting because fixing mistakes doesn’t ever seem quite as catastrophic as it does in knitting. I just bought my first sewing machine two weeks ago. I have always wanted to learn how to sew and am currently working my way through the manual and working up the nerve to begin stitching. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • jennie

    i took some knitting classes last year. it was fun, but made me appreciate how much swifter sewing is!

  • Katie

    I knit and crochet, so I’ve been happy your show covers both! I recently inherited a sewing machine so am relearning how to sew – I love learning new crafts!

  • Virginia

    Hi! I do the three of them, and what’s more, I also weave, I’ve taken a lot of lessons and what I love the most is to combine all of them!! And though it’s quite difficult to be good on all of them (I’m not), I try to enjoy them the best!! There’s always something new to learn!!

  • http://www.distractedcrafter.com Kathryn

    I tried sewing and crochet when I was younger and I got very discouraged, but I tried knitting and it came easily to me. I think my success in knitting encouraged me to try crochet and sewing again. I’m currently obsessed with sewing and I’m afraid my knitting is a bit neglected at the moment. It’s so great when blogs you follow cover all of it. Plus, jello of course!

  • http://www.lelabela.etsy.com Lela

    I learned how to knit in China last year while I had some down time. I want to keep at it and also learn to crochet, but so far haven’t finished my first scarf yet. :)

  • Kirsten

    I love to sew, and I crochet quite a bit, but I can’t understand knitting! It’s my secret shame. I feel like a crafty loser, but man can I sew!

  • http://www.lemonjitters.blogspot.com/ Katie Wade

    I’m just re-learning how to sew (my grandma taught me in 9th grade). But unfortunately, I only aspire to crochet or knit!

  • Cathy Peskey

    I have been sewing since middle school. I started knitting about two years ago. I love both and usually have projects going with both crafts at the same time. I really would like to learn to crochet too. Just can’t have too many fun things to do!

  • Lee

    I love sewing, which I do the most of. But I do knit too and embroider. But I do not know how to crochet. My daughter is learning though!

  • Renee

    I find that I have pursued each of these mediums for a season. I cut my crafting teeth on an old sewing machine, I went crazy about crochet, and then I graduated to knitting. I’m now back on to sewing with no desire for either crochet or knitting!

  • Mia

    I wish I was better at both sewing and knitting. But mainly I wish I would have asked my grandmother to teach me more of her knitting skills while she was alive. I remember being so envious of how well my grandmother could knit; making us kids sweaters where the dinosaurs’ scales on its back would be ’3-d’ and came out of the sweater (does that make sense? lol) or making sure she used green-sparkly thread to ensure the cat’s eyes on my sweater looked like they sparkled. To this day I still wear a Cowichan sweater she knitted for my grandfather that everyone compliments me on. I wish I could be as adventurous as she was with her projects or have 1/2 the talent.

  • jessicac

    I knit too too much. I am trying to learn to better my crochet skills. I love the idea of sewing, and have tried a few things, love the fabric, think I may need to take some classes to really understand putting things together.

  • http://sydneylovesjohn.blogspot.com Sydney

    I can’t knit or crochet. My brain and hands just won’t cooperate on things like that. But maybe someday.

  • Sandy

    My mom taught me to crochet at a very young age. I gave up almost immediately, but it was probably the gateway to knitting 20+years later. Which tapered off after a bit but led to sewing!

  • Brandy

    I love all three! I learned to knit first and still prefer it to crochet – but when I need to make a quick gift or want the satisfaction of finishing a project relatively quickly, I turn to my trusty friend crochet. Taking up and enjoying these crafts opened the door to appreciating handmade items and got me into sewing. Usually I focus on one craft at a time and move on when I need a change of pace.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Brett

      CONGRATS, BRANDY! You’re the winner of this giveaway – yay! I’ll contact you by email to make arrangements for sending your prize. Thanks for playing, everyone!

      xoxo
      Brett

  • http://lolarae Michele

    hey… looks great, Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    love the images of FFLW… she is just so darn cute.
    good luck on the tour,
    M

  • christa

    I don’t knit or crochet … but I’m beginning to learn to sew. Your book looks fantastic!

  • Chris

    I sew, but have never attempted knitting or crochet. I’d like to learn, though.

  • Jackie

    I am currently learning to knit and have had no luck with learning how to crochet. I have taken a beginner sewing class in the past, but have forgotten everything I have learned and hope to get back into sewing soon.

  • http://www.lisastein.com Lisa

    I crochet. In my fantasy life, I sew. :O)

  • http://laurascontests@hotmail.com Blossom

    Oooh, I want to win! I learned how to crochet about 4 years ago. I had been wanting to learn for a long time, but just couldn’t get the hang of it. I ended up breaking my right wrist in a fall on some ice, and was home from work for a month recuperating, bored. I used the time to sit down and practice crocheting until I finally got the hang of it!

    After a couple of years of crocheting, I wanted to learn how to knit, but was terrified of it. Again, out of boredom, as I was working at a low paying temp job, and little money for entertainment, I sat down every day and tried to learn how to knit. It took about a week or two for me to figure out how to cast one, then probably another week or two before I finally figured out the knit stitch, then the purl. When I learned how to do cables after knitting for about 6 months, I was in awe! I’ve been knitting for about two years now.

    Finally, the sewing bug bit me, and I took a sewing class at Joann’s last year, then bought my first sewing machine in December, and have been sewing like mad ever since. I can’t imagine life now without my three favorite crafts!

  • Denise

    I sew a lot of my own cloths now but work very late and dont get a lot of time. To keep my hands busy I learned to crochet. I find it really easy to do on the Underground (I live in London) on my commute. The problem is, I don’t really like anything I’ve made and now I’m running out of inspiration! I am definitely going to learn to knit eventually – I’ve seen far more knitted things that I like then crochet. But in the end I still adore sewing.

  • Caroline

    Yep all three I think I knit more during the fall and winter but I still do it year round. I like being able to do all three because it gives me more designing freedom if I need the perfect knit accessory for an outfit I sewed I can make it and I have more control of the finished look.

  • http://marikamakes.blogspot.com/ Mary

    I am a knitter first, then a sewer and finally a crocheter.I love to do all three. In different times of my life the crafts have changed order.

  • Julie

    I’m not a knittning or crocheting person, I just enjoy sewing a lot more.

  • Kim Whelan

    I’m an intermediate crochet’er. Complicated crochet patterns don’t bother me but when it comes to sewing…hum…it’s not the sewing, it’s the machine. I’d rather handstitch than figure out how to wind the bobbin. My Mom gave me a reconditioned machine in 1996. She said, “You may not use it now, but someday, you may.” Since that time, I’ve moved seven times in three states. I’ve shed a lot of items but I’ve kept that machine…just in case.

  • http://bamboozle.etsy.com Wendy

    Love to sew and knit, only basic knitting.

    my sewing machine must be at least 30 years old but it still keeps on going!

    I do make a lot of cushion covers so thks so much for your demo on how to insert a zipper.

  • Nathalie

    Hi Brett,

    Most of all Iove to sew, however lately I’m not really in the mood. I’m not sure why, but that sometimes happens. Maybe it’s because things doesn’t turn out as I wanted them to do?
    ;-)
    Seeing your video of your new book makes me want to create again … I live in the Netherlands, so I guess I have to wait until your books comes out here? Or ….
    ;-)

    Bye bye

  • Katie

    Hello,
    Your book looks great! I’m so excited to get my hands on a copy one way or another. :D To answer your question, all three are very dear to me because of the people who first taught me how to sew, knit, and crochet. My Nana (Mother’s side) had me doing cross stitch and other sewing projects to keep me entertained and out of trouble on the plane ride to our summer vacation spot by the time I was 6. Later on, my Grandma (Dad’s side) taught me to knit and my mom taught me to crochet. I go through phases of liking one over the other and right now I’d have to say I’m most confident with crochet. I love making things by hand for people or for myself but I’m scared of using most patterns. Sometimes I can invent my own way of making what I want, but often my imagination exceeds my skill to create. Perhaps I just need more practice :)

  • Karen U

    I have a rudimentary knowledge of knitting, a hands-on, make up my own stitches knowledge of crochet (which I enjoy doing) and am a proficient sewer. What I like about crochet is that it can be a “take it with you” craft whereas sewing is almost exclusively restricted to my sewing room. Thanks for the opportunity to win your book and other goodies. Thanks!

  • Jeanp

    I have been knitting, crocheting and sewing since I was a teenager. I love each craft and have fun completing many different kinds of projects for friends and family. My daughter wants to improve her sewing skills so your new book looks like it will help her.

  • Pam

    I knit (not the best), crochet (the basics) and sew (don’t even ask), but I refuse to wave the white flag on any of them! I am one of those people that look at a project and say – “I can do that”…and sometimes I succeed, lol.

  • michele

    I knit and crochet ALL of the time. I sewed projects and a few skirts in my younger years. After my first (wedding gift) sewing machine broke many years ago, I had it repaired, it broke again, and then was not repaired. I have had this major “itch” to pick sewing up again!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • http://fourthmonth.squarespace.com april

    I knit and crochet, which makes me WANT to sew more (faster! different looks!) but I haven’t gotten much into it lately.

  • Meredith

    I knit and sew (haven’t picked up crochet yet) and I love doing both. Both activities allow you to take different colours and textures, combine them and make really amazing things. I love that when I sew or knit something that I know it is a one of a kind item that I made and no one else can just go out and buy in a store!

    You’re book looks lovely, I would love to win a copy!

  • http://www.thesweatshopoflove.com/blog/ Allyson

    I knit, crochet, and sew, but I’m primarily a knitter. I get into moods where I NEED TO SEW EVERYTHING! So for three weeks I just sew my brains out and I love it, but I always go back to knitting. It’s nice to have all three of these skills, though, because I feel like there is nothing in the entire world I wouldn’t be able to make.

  • Joyce

    I love all three knitting, crocheting, sewing! I had a wonderful home economics teacher in High School. She did very interesting projects of her own (I especially remember a knit shirt and wrap around skirt that she sewed out of plain white fabrics and then ombre dyed to match). She encouraged us to do any project we could dream up. We made prom dresses, suits, quilts, jeans into skirts and bags, knitted projects, crocheted projets, embroidered projects, etc. If anyone got stuck, she would help get things going again. Even in the summer, she would come to the school and open the classroom and be there to help us each week day. I think everyone experienced success in her classes.

  • http://turtlesoupdaily.blogspot.com/ Stephanie

    I mainly sew. I tried knitting, the two needle thing wasn’t for me. I crocheted a blanket when I was younger, but not sure I could pick it up again without looking at tutorials. I would love to do all three well (if there was enough time in the day). A giant knitted cable stitch? Swoon!

  • Lorena

    Right now I’m loving my sew machine. Reading some wonderful blogs I got inspired and started to learn how to sew. I already make pillows and some dresses for my niece. =) I hope to win!!!!

  • Rachelle

    I crochet and sew and love to do both. I’ve been searching blogs lately for more inspiration and have come across some excellent sites like this one.

  • Cheryl Ruhnke

    I like to crochet ,but the easy patterns are never easy, I end up ripping out more than I stitch,,I have 2 afghans sitting unfinished, I get discouraged, but then I watch your show and feel inspired and try again. I would love to be able to knit like some who can do it while talking and watching tv and not even look at what they are doing.Ther are so many pretty yarns out here.I would like to sew more, I guess it’s the patterns that get me frustrated what takes some people a day or two to make takes me weeks it seems

  • Dot Bradham

    I love to sew and have sewn since I have been 5 years old. We lived next door to my grandma and I would all of the time go visit her because she was always doing something with fabric. I learned to sew on a tredell (sp?) sewing machine and my mother worried that I would hurt myself. My Grandma told her that if I ran a needle in my finger I would learn, but I never did. I was always watching her sew or quilt. She would piece her tops on the machine and then hand quilt them. She also Crocheted and taught me how to do that. In my mind they go hand in hand, I think because of my childhood. My other grandmother was also a seamstress and made beautiful clothing for people. My mother had many beautiful clothes made for her growing up and I was even made dresses by her. I have done many other things during my life, but sewing is my joy and crocheting in my second love. I have knitted some, again because my grand mother did, but it didn’t score as high on my list.
    I remember one time that I was trying to make an apron for a county fair. I would work on it and show it to my mom. She would hand it back to me and say you need to do things right so I would have to rip out and do it over again. I would get so mad at her I would throw the apron on the floor and want to quit. She would calmly pick it up and hand it back to me. That year I won third place in 4H county fair. After that I was unstoppable. I did many other things during my work life but my mom started smiling when I started doing alterations for a living. Eventually I went into Bridal and formal wear alterations and custom sewing. My mom passed away two days before Christmas this last year so the women that influenced me in my life are gone but the memories still live on.
    I am in fact headed toward making me a new wardrobe as I have lost over 105 pounds and working toward 200 pounds total loss.
    Thank you for letting me share.

  • linda

    I knit and crochet as well as sew. I think all of these crafts compliment each other very well. For example, I love to incorporate crocheting into a sewn item as an embellishment.

  • Kacy

    I’ve done all three, though I only started sewing this year. I made a few little outfits for my toddler, because she HAS to wear them. (Ha!) Actually, I started with toddler clothes for quick pay-off projects.

    I knit and crochet on a regular basis in the evening. I find it very portable, which is why I work with yarn more than I sew. When it comes to sewing, I feel like I need to set aside a block of time and clean up a section of my bedroom before I can start. This can be hard to do with 2 children, under 3, but when I’m feeling inspired, I can easily put forth the extra effort required.

  • Sandra S

    I adore crochet and would do it all the time if I could. I want to learn to knit but it just feels so awkward every time I have tried. I am determined to keep trying until it feels more natural — maybe I need a teacher instead of trying to learn it myself! I have sewn most of my life and find it just as fun as crochet, just in a different way. I can move from one to the other pretty effortlessly, and it’s my dream to have a spot for each thing I enjoy doing. That way I don’t have to unpack and set up a project every time I want to work on it, whether it’s sewing, beading, crocheting, knitting, or tatting (another art I want to learn!).

  • Hueisei

    I am more to sewing..find it very relaxing and challenging…

  • Pat O’Reilly

    I love knitting and crochet but I really have to say I just enjoy anything to do with crafting. I will try beading, flower arranging, quilting and anything else I read about, shop for and visit in shops. I wish I was a better sewer but I’m trying. Have a great day. Love that material…colors, design, fabulous.

  • MarciaW

    Sewing and quilting – not knitting or crochet. However, my mother and sister crochet beautiful things.

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