I will keep tuned to this thread, (pun intended) since I am also interested in making rope or cords from whatever is around in the woods or by the side of a road. I know that flax was and still is used for ropes...but how to get it from the raw plant, into the rope/cord form?The next skill I'm planning on learning is how to make rope/cordage from whatever I can find in the wilderness. After that I want to learn healing properties of herbs and learn how to identify plants for use.
This year I've been improving my sewing (I already knew how, I just stunk at it), I've started learning how to can food.
I am unsure how to turn raw materials into rope/cord form. : I'm planning on looking up how to do it. I just saw an article in a magazine on how to make it, but I have to see the actual process instead of just reading about it. I'm planning on looking up videos and practicing. I think I'll try learning a new skill each month.I will keep tuned to this thread, (pun intended) since I am also interested in making rope or cords from whatever is around in the woods or by the side of a road. I know that flax was and still is used for ropes...but how to get it from the raw plant, into the rope/cord form?
Oh please practice when you can! Practice really does make perfect, and it can while away hours if you let it. I learned cello and piano in the past 15 or so years, and playing is almost a form of meditation. It puts me into a different state of awareness or something, I don't know how to describe it. If you have skills already, get your spinet tuned and play! I really enjoy hearing about other's people's skills, especially musical ones.I'd like to learn to sew, especially to tailor clothes. I'm tall and nearly all of my clothes have to be altered. I'd rather do it myself than pay someone else to do it... but I'm hilariously bad at sewing. I can do little seams and repairs, maybe make a pillowcase or some curtains, but that's about it. Once I tried to sew a pair of pajamas and didn't even make it past the shorts: they came out all weird and thin and long. We had a good laugh about that! I'm a very abstract thinker and can't make any sense of sewing patterns. They might as well be written in Elvish. :xeye:
Have you tried taking clothing apart at the seams and using them for patterns? I can make a garment from a printed pattern, but for every day things like pajamas, skirts and even A line dresses, I've done this; Take a favorite garment that is too worn to wear anymore. Get a seam ripper and pick out all the seams, hems, darts, etc. (If picking out darts, get a Sharpie and mark the lines where the thread was so you can re-sew the darts in your new garment.) After the garment is disassembled, open the seams and hems out and iron them flat. Iron the garment totally flat, all seams, darts etc open and ironed flat.
Now you have a durable pattern for your favorite garments that will fit. Just be sure to cut your new fabric so it fits exactly the outline of your pattern. And be sure to measure and use the exact seam allowances, dart measurements, hem allowances that your pattern has. Don't just look at your pattern and assume it's 1/2" or whatever. Measure it exactly. Garments come from all over the world and there is a lot of variance.
I have several patterns that I store in ziplock bags in my sewing room.
I have some basic piano skills but I'd love to be a church organist some day. I was getting ready to take piano lessons to brush up on my skills before this virus hit. We have a lovely spinet in the living room but it needs to be tuned and is kind of painful to play right now.
Crocheting, but I assume same rules apply. Making practice socks first with the yarn I have, then I will get sock yarn. I do wear slippers when home. They are easier to wear to the mailbox without putting on shoes, since I live in an apt. building. Since wearing slippers, I've noticed that I get fewer holes in store-bought socks.Learning to knit socks is a very useful and gratifying skill.
Use sock yarn- other yarns will melt away in no time flat.
Don't use your hand knit socks as 'house slippers.' Don't walk around in them on carpet. It will wear holes in them like sandpaper.
Where does one get a yarn spinner? E-bay?Sock yarn. Spin your own and they can be made to wear like iron but still be comfy. A silk and long wool plied yarn works quite well. Finer wools are quite warm but don't wear as well. Angora.....just YUMMY but more of a bed sock thing. This week's ( month's!!!) project is to get my fibers "organized". Recent project was to organize needles which is still in the works<smile>. I agree with Old but I put both socks in a large zippy bag and work on them when I am waiting for???? like kiddos at golf. No scarves this year as I put away all winter stuff for the kids and forget 3 years in a row that I had made them scarves so....made each one new. Getting the looms warped....now THAT is a Want to do/MUST do project.