Zentangle is probably my number one craft right now. To learn about this amazing art please visit www.zentangle.com, which will show you the reasons behind the craze. I really enjoy Zentangle and find it relaxing. Although I tangle on white paper with black pen, I also enjoy tangling on coloured paper, or using coloured gel pens, or both. There are many great patterns available, with instructions on how to draw them, at www.tanglepatterns.com. If you are interested in seeing more, please look at the Zentangle section of my Gallery.
*On this site, use of the word 'Zentangle' implies specifically 'Zentangle Inspired Art', drawn using methods pioneered by Maria and Rick Thomas.
My mother taught me how to crochet at the age of 9. I've never made anything particularly large, like a rug or jersey, but I've made several sets of gloves and hats and scarves. When I was thinking of crafts that I might be able to sell, I remembered a book I have about crochet embellishments, and decided to make a bunch of crochet flowers. Please look at these crochet flowers in the Gallery.
When I got into historical sword fighting, it was very expensive to buy armour. Solution? A lot of people made their own. I had help from friends in how to make rings and form the normal 4-in-1 pattern. My first rings were made from 16ga galvanised steel wire, which I wound around a pencil and cut with tin snips. It hurt. There are better ways, but I prefer to buy my rings now!
I buy rings mostly from TheRingLord.com. This is a good site because it has many colours and sizes to choose from - although postage can be pricey.
Please check out my chainmaille jewellery!
Papercraft is something that I have been interested in for a long time. When I was about 4, someone at Mum's workplace made me a flapping crane. I started to learn origami myself with the traditional paper crane that I was taught at school on Hiroshima Day, and continued during secondary school, when I began making my own designs. One day, I will write a book (I've diagrammed most of my designs in CorelDraw, but it's taking a long time to accumulate enough to make a draw!)
Please check out the earrings I have made using foil paper for the Japan Festival.
Felt, Fabric and Velvet
What can I say? I like to make flowers, and I like to make brooches.
I do origami, and decided to try doing origami on fabric. It works using the right kinds of fabric (cotton and linen that take a crease when ironed). I did a great wet felting class at the Wellington Embroiderers Guild Solstice one year, and another year I took another wonderful class called 'Luscious Brooches' by Maria Champion-Forster. Now I can make lovely handmade wet felted flowers, and amazing brooches with beads and ruched velvet that you just have to stroke. Please see examples of these at my gallery.