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sewing and woodworking

Along with the usual tea ceremony lesson, this weekend I went shopping for tools and materials for a couple different activities. On the traditionally female-dominated side, I went to my local Joann for materials to make an iPod cozy, which I also did this weekend, using my new sewing machine. Here's my finished version. Anyway, that store has less fabric nowadays and more scrapbooking and wreathmaking stuff (I'm tempted to call it "crap", but to each her own...); if you want some fabric from a bolt, you have to report to Central Cutting and take a number. The "quarter flats" of cotton fabric in their quilting section, arranged chromalogically, are handy for projects on a sub-clothing scale. Another sewing project I have in mind is to reconstruct some of my extra-large tech industry t-shirts into stuff I would actually wear. (<sarcastic>You mean geeks come in sizes other than extra-large?!</sarcastic>)

On the traditionally male-dominated side, I stopped by the Woodworkers Club store to equip myself for a Greenland Paddle Carving Workshop in a few months. The major item we have to bring is a block plane, and while I appreciate the quality of the good ones, I can't say definitively that my interest in woodworking justifies more than the Stanley model I decided on. Perhaps I'll enroll in a class. Watching The Woodwright's Shop as a kid put sentimental ideas about woodworking in my head, but making furniture or lathing a wooden pen—much like the customary projects in the world of fabric arts, come to think of it—just don't appeal to me. Maybe it's a generational thing, but I'm more of a Make/Craft girl.


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Jan. 22nd, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
Which Joann's is your local one? The Columbia store actually seems to have the most fabric. GStreet Fabric in Rockville is pretty awesome but can get pricey. Cute cozy!
Jan. 22nd, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
Cool. I have a possible woodworking project in mind (I want to make a clock), but no tools and no skills. I'm probably just going to hit an arts-and-crafts store and Home Depot, and try to figure out the best approach to take.
Jan. 22nd, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
the joann's in Laurel (as long as it stays open) makes it much easier to find fabric, but Gstreet is the best by far. (all the fake plants are crap, actually, imho).... btw, the library (at your place of work) has just subscribed to Make. I'll let you know when our first issue appears... Christina
Jan. 24th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
I've got my own subscription to Make, but that's awesome that the library has subscribed.

And I'll have to check out G Street one of these days.
Jan. 22nd, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
Woodworking tools
Stanley makes pretty decent stuff that is just as functional as much more expensive tools. If you used a plane often and hard, I suppose an investment in a better one might be justified, but for occasional hobby use, that should do fine. I see they also mention a spoke shave as possibly coming in handy........I'm not sure if that is the same as a draw shave, but there is a draw shave here that I got for my Dad years ago and I think it might have been used once or twice in 30 years or so......probably a lot of life left in it if it is the right tool. I will try to find it and email you a picture if you are interested. I gather from the price of the blank that you just start with 6 or 7 foot cedar plank and end up with a one piece paddle? You will definitely exercise your arm muscles on the project.....as well as using the paddle when its done.
Jan. 23rd, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
woodworking sounds fun. i drool every time i'm in menards/lowes/depot. shop class was one of my absolute favorite classes in middle school and junior highschool. i took 3 years of it, i think. i even got to do advanced metal shop with melting metal and pouring it into sand molds that we'd pack. it was so cool *squeeee!*
have fun with it!!!!
Jan. 24th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
Oooo, metal shop. You might appreciate an essay I ran across: Shop Class as Soulcraft.
Jan. 23rd, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
Watch an episode of New Yankee Workshop. If that doesn't get you excited about large-scale woodworking projects, nothing will.
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