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May Birthday Giveaway: Embroidery Companion

Embroidery Companion

What’s going on here? My site started ten years ago this month and to celebrate I’m giving away something each weekday. Because I like you.

Today I’m tickled to have a copy of Alicia Paulson’s second book Embroidery Companion: Classic Designs for Modern Living to give to one lucky winner. Alicia is one of those people I’ve known online for almost as long as I’ve had an internet connection, and whom I’m happy to say is just as awesome and warm in person, and I adore the love and care she puts into all her work. Her take on embroidery shows a fondness for the past but has a modern and cheerful way about it. She also has a delightful blog, Posie Gets Cozy where she talks about food, dogs, gardening and the joys of hammocks. And she produces patterns for sewing, crochet and embroidery as well as offering the occasional carefully compiled craft kits which sell out crazy fast, her latest was the Daisychain ABC Sampler, and I love her felt Christmas ornaments. You can find everything at her online shop Rosy Little Things.

If you’d like to win the copy of Embroidery Companion please leave a comment with this post and, if you’d like, answer this question: What is the first craft you remember doing? Though my mother has evidence of earlier creations the first thing I remember was using cut fruit as stamps to decorate t-shirts on a rainy afternoon during a vacation. Your turn, you’ve got until Friday, May 27th at 10 a.m. PST to enter, the fine print applies. Good luck! Closed, thank you so much for entering!

· comments [349] · 05-26-2011 · categories:books · craft ·

349 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Alison // May 26, 2011 at 2:28 am

    I think I remeber fingerpainting. I’m not sure that’s a craft, though. How about macaroni necklaces?

  • 2 Breanne // May 26, 2011 at 2:30 am

    My first crafts were done within activities – painting things at Sunday school or Vacation Bible School, and (ever so slightly later) at Girl Scouts, where I did my first embroidery, among other things. Soooo many glued Christmas ornaments… My family was crafty too, but I was unlikely to take up woodworking, latchhooking, or ceramics when I wasn’t kindergarten aged yet.

  • 3 A // May 26, 2011 at 2:41 am

    I remember making little dolls out of toothpicks and flowers. I was really good at it, especially considering I was about 5 years old…! :)

  • 4 Madeline // May 26, 2011 at 2:50 am

    I’m sure my first crafts were things like drawing and painting but I bet the actual first crafts were done in art class at school – I remember making clay masks in Kindergarten and lots of Christmas ornaments!

  • 5 Kate // May 26, 2011 at 3:10 am

    My first craft was a scarf I knitted for my barbie!

  • 6 M.E. // May 26, 2011 at 3:12 am

    I remember making a carp out of paper by cutting out the shape, twice, and then gluing on tissue-paper scales. The two halves were then stitched together and stuffed with cotton balls.

    I was about five or six years old, and I think it might have been a craft related to Children’s Day in Japan, although this was in Cleveland in the early 1980s.

  • 7 Lucy // May 26, 2011 at 3:20 am

    Lucy wants to win

  • 8 Sophie // May 26, 2011 at 3:21 am

    I think it was when I was 6 or 7 and my grandma taught me how to knit. I made a potholder that had so many holes it was completely useless

  • 9 Amanda R // May 26, 2011 at 3:24 am

    What a great question! My first real craft (on my own) was a yarn doll that I made for a Brownie patch qualification. I remember agonizing to get it just right.

  • 10 Jean // May 26, 2011 at 3:33 am

    I was about 5 years old and I used shoeboxes to make a circus train.

  • 11 EdaMommy // May 26, 2011 at 3:38 am

    Animals out of food in preschool. Then I made a lot with a tube knitter…know what I mean?

  • 12 Christy // May 26, 2011 at 3:48 am

    the first craft i’ve ever made was a cornhusk doll! happy birthday month!

  • 13 Barriogirl // May 26, 2011 at 3:52 am

    The first craft I remember making was a Christmas Wreath out of hand prints drawn on green card stock.

  • 14 Abigail // May 26, 2011 at 4:02 am

    man it was so long ago, but my first craft was either a lopsided knit granny dishcloth, which was later turned into a pillow, or the start of a bullet proof all slip stitch crochet afghan (it only got to about 2 inches before i gave up)

  • 15 Kim // May 26, 2011 at 4:07 am

    I had this plastic loom as a kid, that came with loops of fabric and a hook, and I made a TON of potholders. I remember being very pleased with myself for figuring out how to close them off. My mother didn’t really cook, so, no idea what happened to those…

  • 16 Maria // May 26, 2011 at 4:11 am

    There is a masterpiece made from dried beans glued onto foamcore still floating around my parent’s house. Craftwork at it’s finest from a 5 year old.

  • 17 Georgia // May 26, 2011 at 4:12 am

    I remember using a knitting Nancy and them making them myself from toilet rolls and pencils! Lots of fun

  • 18 Lou // May 26, 2011 at 4:20 am

    The first craft I remember is making beaded necklaces for my grandma. She wore them too, what a good sport!

  • 19 Toni // May 26, 2011 at 4:23 am

    I remember making salt-dough ornaments for Christmas when I was really little. I seem to remember my older sister and brother’s more than mine, so maybe they were making them and I was being kept away? Other than that, I remember having to stay in from recess in kindergarten because my Jack and Jill craft of tissue paper bits stuck to a paper hill wasn’t getting done fast enough to suit my teacher. The trauma of missed recess…

  • 20 Mandy // May 26, 2011 at 4:33 am

    I always had paper dolls as a kid, you know the ones with the paper tabs? Well i remember spending a whole afternoon with my mom making clothes for my paper dolls. cutting, tracing, colouring, all of these skills were involved. and in the end my paper dolls were fashionably dressed in some very vibrant outfits.

  • 21 Linda // May 26, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Woven potholders with those stretchy loops on a loom – remember?

  • 22 Faye // May 26, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Hmm…cereal necklaces?

  • 23 Sandy // May 26, 2011 at 4:44 am

    The first craft was embroidery. My grandmother had me write my name on a handkerchief, then showed me the basic outline stitch to be able to embroider it. I have been hooked on crafts of all kinds since then.

  • 24 Lara // May 26, 2011 at 4:56 am

    I don’t remember doing much in the way of crafts when I was really little, my mother wasn’t very crafty. My first real craft of which I was crazy proud was a piece of stained glass we did in 2nd grade art class. I still have it in a place of honor on my bookshelf :)

  • 25 Kristin // May 26, 2011 at 4:56 am

    I wasn’t very crafty as a child. Mostly just coloring and such. A comment above made me remember…we often tried to make dolls out of corn husks.

  • 26 BarbaraH // May 26, 2011 at 4:59 am

    I honestly know I crafted prior to this- but the earliest craft I remember is smothering a pinecone in peanut butter and rolling it in birdseed. I can vividly recall my Dad trying to hold back his feelings of “This a mess waiting to happen” while he complimented me in my mad skills :-)

  • 27 Regina // May 26, 2011 at 5:06 am

    I remember making flowers out of egg cartons and stringing them on yarn. That garland hung in my grandmother’s house for years.

  • 28 Betsy // May 26, 2011 at 5:09 am

    The first craft I remember making were woven potholders on those little looms. I think my grandma may still have one in her kitchen.

  • 29 Amy Johnson // May 26, 2011 at 5:18 am

    The first craft I remember was making scented oranges during christmas time. We’d stick whole cloves into oranges and hang them around the house. :) I should do that with my own kids some time.

  • 30 Audrey // May 26, 2011 at 5:19 am

    I remember making coasters from the plastic beads that you fuse together with an iron when I was little-so much fun!

  • 31 Heather // May 26, 2011 at 5:19 am

    Making Easter egg ornaments with plastic easter eggs, ribbons and stickers to decorate the trees outside

  • 32 Bethany // May 26, 2011 at 5:26 am

    I love this book! I’ve checked it out from the library and it’s on my wishlist at Amazon! Sigh.

    First craft: Gosh I don’t even know, but I do remember helping my grandma quilt a baby blanket for a cousin who is now 19. :-)

  • 33 Theresa // May 26, 2011 at 5:29 am

    I would love to win that wonderful book! The first craft I learned from my mom was tie dying! She was bit of a hippie and I learned that when I was real young.

  • 34 jenlyjen // May 26, 2011 at 5:29 am

    The two that come to mind for me are coloring various types of pasta and gluing them on things or putting them on strings; and coloring salt with colored chalks and doing “salt art” in clear bottles. Man, salt art was kind of fun – I should have my kid try it…

  • 35 Tina // May 26, 2011 at 5:32 am

    I think my first craft was a necklace made out of small potatoes…that’s Ukraine for you…

  • 36 Bibliogrrl // May 26, 2011 at 5:33 am

    I know I had the Childcraft books growing up, but the first thing I remember making was a creepy little baby doll (my mom still has her!) out of some batting, a ripped pair of pantyhose and some white satin. Really awesome that I hand sewed her when I was 7, but it looks like a dead baby.

  • 37 Denise // May 26, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Liquid embroidery on hankies. My mom taught me when I was very young.

  • 38 Linda B. // May 26, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Nana helping us to make candles using milk cartons, hot wax and ice. It was a Christmas tradition.

  • 39 ladywild // May 26, 2011 at 5:37 am

    I would love to win this book. I’d be a gift for my mother in law. Embroidery is definitely her thing.

  • 40 ~Heather // May 26, 2011 at 5:38 am

    I remember getting crafty around 4 making my own paste out of flour and water. Learning origami at the local library was another craft I remember that’s stuck with me.

  • 41 cricket // May 26, 2011 at 5:40 am

    I remember making salt dough gingerbread men when I was about 4. We colored them with permanent markers (the really stinky kind with the stripes ). I still have one of them around – totally crumbling – in a box with the Christmas things.

  • 42 herschel // May 26, 2011 at 5:46 am

    God’s eyes as part of Brownie troop activity.

  • 43 Tabitha // May 26, 2011 at 5:49 am

    I remember going to the church lady group with my Grandmother and, along with Ma Brown, who was really old, being religated to sewing on missing buttons. They had an interior dutch door that just facinated me, but you were definitely not allowed to climb on.

  • 44 kellosaurus // May 26, 2011 at 5:51 am

    My earliest craft adventures involves lots of ribbon bits, and glue. I soon graduated to weaving those potholder things and when I was about 8 I BEGGED for a bead loom. I was also a major friendship bracelet fiend, and all of that leftover embroidery floss is slowly getting used for actual embroidery 20 years later. I’d love this book, for a little more inspiration!

  • 45 Allison // May 26, 2011 at 5:51 am

    I remember my mom showing me how to knit with green yarn on bright blue needles when I was about five. It was a disaster! I didn’t knit again for at least 10 years!

  • 46 APayne // May 26, 2011 at 5:51 am

    This is going to date me, but the first craft I can recall doing is the macaroni glued on cigar boxes and sprayed gold.

  • 47 daisywheels // May 26, 2011 at 5:52 am

    crochet with my mom

  • 48 Anna // May 26, 2011 at 5:59 am

    I remember drawing. Everything. I still have a few books from my younger days, all on the same theme. Princess with pointy hat, dragon, and knight.

  • 49 Leslie // May 26, 2011 at 6:02 am

    Macaroni necklaces! I would say mud pies, but I think that is early “cooking.” This was actually a hard question. I’m one of those who doesn’t seem to keep as many childhood memories as most. There are some stand outs, but a lot seem to have gotten lost to time.

  • 50 H // May 26, 2011 at 6:05 am

    The first craft I remember would either be embroidery or gluing felt shapes together.
    Yes indeed.

  • 51 Sarah // May 26, 2011 at 6:06 am

    I recently decided I want to learn embroidery and added this book to my list. The first craft I remember doing was cross stitch, but I was a youngin’ and I’m not entirely sure I liked it. And it certainly didn’t stick. It would be so useful now. Oh well.

  • 52 Little Miss S. // May 26, 2011 at 6:06 am

    I love this book. The front picture is so pretty. Mom says I have always been very crafty, but the first thing I remember is making bead necklaces in kindergarden or crocheting with mom or grandmom. They did knit all the time – I wanted to make something too.

  • 53 Terri // May 26, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Weaving potholders with those colorful bands at the YMCA.

  • 54 Julia // May 26, 2011 at 6:12 am

    I remember applying markers, glitter, and sequins to a cut out paper dinosaur in preschool

  • 55 kat // May 26, 2011 at 6:15 am

    Oh boy, I can’t remember what the first craft I ever did was, I imagine it was something like finger painting.

  • 56 ubercrfty // May 26, 2011 at 6:19 am

    not including school crafts, the first thing I remember working on seriously was a macrame plant holder, made out of really ugly orangy-brown yarn. Last year when my mother past away, I found it, still in it’s 70’s glory, at the bottom of a box in her garage.

  • 57 Laura // May 26, 2011 at 6:20 am

    I remember sitting at our kitchen table making macaroni art. In retrospect my mother was probably trying to keep me occupied so she could cook dinner and keep me out of her hair.

  • 58 Andie // May 26, 2011 at 6:23 am

    There are so many it is really hard to sort out which came first. I know my mom has all my 1st grade work including art.

  • 59 Adrienne // May 26, 2011 at 6:26 am

    I have vague memories of doing crafts at preschool. Gluing macaroni to paper and painting on it. That sort of thing.

  • 60 Kristin // May 26, 2011 at 6:28 am

    I remember making potholders from stretchy bands, cornhusk dolls, knitwear and messes.

  • 61 Jamie G // May 26, 2011 at 6:29 am

    I remember making a tiny dollhouse cherry pie with sticky tack that I snuck from the corners of posters in first grade. I used the teacher’s red pen to make little cherry pie marks on top. I gathered a tiny bit of tack from every poster and felt proud of my secret creation.

  • 62 Elizabeth // May 26, 2011 at 6:29 am

    My sister and I making Christmas ornaments at the kitchen table – that’s the first craft I can remember doing!

  • 63 Siew // May 26, 2011 at 6:31 am

    I was just reminded by my mom about learning to sew buttons on when I was four. I seem to remember it as an accomplishment. My mom tells me (proudly?) how she made me sew buttons on until I cried. Which at four can be within minutes but she says she doesn’t regret it a bit because I love to sew now. Hmmm…

  • 64 Jackie P // May 26, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Sewing things out of an old pair of curtains my mom gave my sisters and I to play with.

  • 65 Marsha // May 26, 2011 at 6:33 am

    When I was about eight or nine, I decided to make a wrap skirt for my Barbie doll. It was hand-sewn and had one button to hold it shut. And it looked truly awful. But I made it all by myself!

  • 66 Danielle // May 26, 2011 at 6:34 am

    This book sounds great! I can remember making those woven pot holders – from some crappy 70s polyester, no less and those hooked rug kits were a favorite, too . But I also remember my Mom teaching me how to do cross stitch. Finally, a crafty gift someone actually wanted to receive!

  • 67 Katherine // May 26, 2011 at 6:34 am

    The very first I remember is cutting paper snowflakes at Christmas when I was very young. The first crafty category I started was plastic canvas stitching, which my mom taught me when I was 8 or 9.

  • 68 Lenna // May 26, 2011 at 6:34 am

    The first craft I remember making was a Pilgrim man and woman from two big glass Pepsi bottles. I’m guessing that Pilgrim couple is close to 40 years old by now. I love to embroider, so winning this book would be great!

  • 69 Hilary // May 26, 2011 at 6:37 am

    My first crafts were summer-camp standards, like gods-eyes with popsicle sticks and lanyards from that plastic string called gimp. Although Lenna’s comment makes me wonder if the pilgrim made from an old Reader’s Digest (thank you, Brownies) came first. I haven’t thought about this in ages…

    Now I’m into embroidery, which seems so much more…refined.

  • 70 KJ // May 26, 2011 at 6:40 am

    I remember making a clay handprint thing in Kindergarten & carving a turtle out of soap in 1st grade…
    I also remember, when I was a bit older, learning embroidery from my mother. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 71 Denise // May 26, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Thanks for the chance at the book. First crafty attempt has to be a toss-up between folding a Reader’s Digest magazine into a Christmas tree and embroidering tea towels…but there was also a tambourine made from stretched fabric, embroidery hoop, nails and bottle caps. It worked so well,too!

  • 72 Nancy // May 26, 2011 at 6:40 am

    The embroidery book is fitting: my first craft experience was embrodering a tea towel at a Brownies meeing. I held it carefully in my lap as I worked, and–you know what’s coming–sewed the towel to the skirt of my uniform!

  • 73 Bridget // May 26, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Oh I love Alicia Paulson’s designs! Very cute.

    One of the first crafts I remember doing was making pipe cleaner and pompom Halloween decorations with my brother when we were kids.

  • 74 Kelly // May 26, 2011 at 6:47 am

    I remember trying to make clothes for my barbies with my mom’s scrap cloth. Since I didn’t know how to sew I used a stapler. Not Barbie’s best look.

  • 75 Whitney // May 26, 2011 at 6:48 am

    I’m sure I was coloring and fingerpainting at a very young age, but the first real craft i remember doing is when my aunt taught me (at age ten) how to do some very basic embroidery stitches, and I spent our entire vacation sitting at her kitchen table trying to make little flowers with my thread- would love to win this book! thanks for the giveaway!

  • 76 Sara // May 26, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Definitely something in girl scouts. Probably something involving canning jars and pom pom balls!

  • 77 ecochic // May 26, 2011 at 6:51 am

    The first craft I remember making is cottonball snowmen in kindergarten. I remember because that was when I realized how much cottonballs freak me out.

  • 78 courtney // May 26, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Definitely something with macaroni and elmer’s.

  • 79 Dana // May 26, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Probably sewing cards! After that learning to knit from my grandmother.

  • 80 Amy // May 26, 2011 at 6:52 am

    What an appropriate question. I sort of remember embroidery being my first craft. My sister and I learned from our grandmother and mother, somewhere around 1976. Yes, I’m old, I know. Can I have this book please!!

  • 81 sangeetha // May 26, 2011 at 6:54 am


  • 82 Christa // May 26, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Oh I want this book! The first craft was probably me making clothes for my barbies aka wrapping fabric around them and tying it with ribbon!

  • 83 Dell // May 26, 2011 at 7:06 am

    My mom was always artsy, crafty. I remember cutting postage stamps with her to make sunbonnets to put on handmade cards.

  • 84 mollysusie // May 26, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Oh, I love embroidery! I tried a lot of crafts as a child, but the first one I did with gusto was cross-stitch. I loved following the chart to create a picture. Now I’m all about the knitting! And embellishing!

  • 85 montague // May 26, 2011 at 7:10 am

    my aunt sent me a cross stitching kit when i was 8 or 9. I loved it.

  • 86 Kaitlyn M. // May 26, 2011 at 7:12 am

    first craft? does sidewalk chalk count? :)

  • 87 Michelle // May 26, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Actually – it was cross stitching with my mom!

  • 88 Lisa Marie // May 26, 2011 at 7:14 am

    I remember making those knotted friendship bracelets for all my friends in the fifth grade. I am not so sure they liked them, or even wore them, but I loved making them.

  • 89 Torey // May 26, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Barbie doll clothes and furniture, wish I s till had them! Do still have one of my first embroidery projects, though, a Holly Hobbie chambray shirt straightfrom the mid-70’s!

  • 90 Myssie // May 26, 2011 at 7:18 am

    I remember helping my Great Aunt to make doll clothes. I also used to paint ceramics with my Mother.

  • 91 Elise // May 26, 2011 at 7:18 am

    I remember doing counted cross stitch as a child. Mom and I would make tiny Christmas themed designs and we’d give them to people as ornaments.

  • 92 erin // May 26, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Oh. My. Gosh. How awesome a giveaway! I hardly remember my first craft, but the evidence is plainly, if not attractively, evident each Christmas as ornaments are brought out and my ceramic Christmas “bell” is revealed once again. It is a bell-shaped, multi-color, stabbed with pencil for texture, kindergarten creation.

  • 93 Lauren // May 26, 2011 at 7:22 am

    I cross stitched a christmas ornament, it was a teeny tiny angel.

  • 94 kendra // May 26, 2011 at 7:24 am

    My Mom was an art teacher so I can’t remember NOT doing crafts. We always had lots of art materials. Earliest memory may be of standing at an easel painting from baby food jars filled with tempera paints. We often painted outside, and I did the same with my kids.

  • 95 Jenny G. // May 26, 2011 at 7:26 am

    This is one prize I would love to have! The first craft I remember doing is a pair of embroideries, of all things. I must have been about 5 years old. They came preprinted, one on yellow and the other on pale blue cotton. It’s a dog and cat. I still have these, and have been trying to decide for some time hove to incorporate these into a small dolly quilt to display in my craft room.

  • 96 Alysia // May 26, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I learned to cross-stitch when I was about 6. That is the earliest craft I remember doing.

  • 97 caroline // May 26, 2011 at 7:32 am

    My mom got us started on cross-stitching kits when we were really young — 6 or so? I have fond memories of successfully making a unicorn :)

  • 98 Lori // May 26, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Oooh, love Posie Gets Cozy!!! What a great giveaway… I would love to have this book!

  • 99 M // May 26, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Egg carton caterpillar. I think?

  • 100 Gweneth // May 26, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I was constantly making things ,give me paper scissors and tape and I was happy forever.

  • 101 Heather // May 26, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Some kind of salt-dough bell-shaped Christmas ornament. I remember the glitter and thinking: glitter is awesome!

  • 102 abril // May 26, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I’ve loved crafts since I was very young. I remember watching a Kid’s TV show all about crafts, can’t remember if that’s where I started…

  • 103 Sarah Margaret // May 26, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I use to make paper doll houses when I was a kid. I spent hours on them and they had lots of detail. I would cut out images from MACY’s catalogs for furniture.

  • 104 punkrawkknitter // May 26, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Finger painting in pre-school

  • 105 Anna // May 26, 2011 at 7:53 am

    i remember doing paper mache (sp?) in school

  • 106 mrscharlemagne // May 26, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I have a santa ornament made out of felt and a walnut [still in the shell] that I made in preschool. It always gets a place of honor on the tree!

  • 107 Jenn // May 26, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I remember raiding my mother’s tin foil and attempting to make “silverware” (a fork, butter knife, and spoon) to go with the “breakfast” (bread, because I wasn’t allowed to use the toaster; dry cereal, because I wasn’t allowed to pour the milk; and “orange juice” which was ground up cheese puffs in lukewarm tap water). my crafting was practical, even at the age of four.

  • 108 Kami // May 26, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I can’t even remember the first craft I did, I feel like I’ve been making things longer than I can remember.

  • 109 Carrie @Rhubarb Sky // May 26, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I think it was fingerpainting, or perhaps drawing on those plates that you send back to the company to get “finished” somehow. . . I think I still have one of those plastic plates.
    Also, a VERY early craft was potato stamping Christmas cards one very, VERY fiscally thin year with my mom.

  • 110 marilyn // May 26, 2011 at 8:00 am

    My grandmother gave me a crochet hook when I was about 7 or 8, but never taught me to do anything but a looooong chain of loops! I did make some long ones though.

  • 111 Lynn // May 26, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I think it was making hair clips with ribbons and beads. There was also an early attempt at knitting that did not go well!

  • 112 Jennifer // May 26, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I remember making little chick pompoms from a kit.

  • 113 Suzanne // May 26, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I remember making people out of paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, and paper plates when I was a little girl.

  • 114 threadingwater // May 26, 2011 at 8:07 am

    I stitched together leaves for an outdoor fort using Hawthorn needles, then draped my “fabric” over a frame of sticks!

  • 115 martina // May 26, 2011 at 8:08 am

    I was four and a neighbor lady showed her daughters and myself how to make mistletoe balls, using an inflated balloon, plaster or flour/water paste and string.

  • 116 mommaKT // May 26, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I remember painting the front page of my Mom’s Bible with *her* oil paints. Whoops!

  • 117 Karen // May 26, 2011 at 8:12 am

    One favorite early craft I remember from kindergarten was an owl made out of Cheerios and sunflower seeds glued onto a piece of burlap… That thing hung in my room until I left for college. Proud!

  • 118 Lorri // May 26, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Oh yes, very interested in this book. I did lots of stuff as a kid so who knows what came first. My first memory of being taught anything was knitting.

  • 119 Jen // May 26, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Oh latchhook. I still see them in the craft stores and smile.

  • 120 Michelle // May 26, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I remember making cards for my parents in school by gluing paper, ribbons, uncooked pasta, etc. to construction paper.

  • 121 Annette // May 26, 2011 at 8:22 am

    the first or perhaps most important craft I remember, would be the teddy bear that I made for my little brother. I sewed it all by hand, completely by myself, with no pattern, when I was about 8 yrs old. He took that bear everywhere, and at age 26, I think he still has “Teddy” somewhere.

  • 122 Michelle // May 26, 2011 at 8:22 am

    The first craft I remember feeling really proud about was a pin cushion I made when my mom taught me how to sew by hand. I gave it to my grandma, and when we went through her things after she died, she still had it displayed on her jewelry cabinet.

  • 123 Denae // May 26, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Love this book! Cotton balls glued together to make a snowman ornament with a top hat.

  • 124 heather // May 26, 2011 at 8:27 am

    oh what a sweet book! my first craft…hmm…this sweet little mitten ornament from daycare. we traced my tiny little hands on red construction paper, then i colored on them (in yellow crayon…not sure why i chose yellow…), glued some un-rolled cotton balls at the top & connected them with green yarn. so precious, and they hang on my mom’s christmas tree every year.

  • 125 nicole // May 26, 2011 at 8:33 am

    friendship bracelets at camp! still have the urge to make them once june hits.

  • 126 Tina // May 26, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I made woven potholders for my mother in summer day camp, I was 5, and she still has them! Not saying how old I am, but I think they classify as antiques.

  • 127 Tess // May 26, 2011 at 8:36 am

    When I was very little I made painted rock paperweights and sold them to my Grandpa!

  • 128 allison // May 26, 2011 at 8:41 am

    What is the first craft you remember doing?
    I remember papermache-ing a balloon then drawing ourselves on it. too funny!

  • 129 Natalie // May 26, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I remember my Grandma helping me make home-made paper dolls. Such a neat project!

  • 130 sherri lynn // May 26, 2011 at 8:45 am

    the first craft I remember doing is making a Christmas ornament. I painted the snowman and then put a picture of myself in the picture slot.

  • 131 Juliet // May 26, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I remember melting crayons on paper with a heating tray very early in life, maybe around 3 or 4. The way the wax melted into the paper made the pieces almost like stained glass.

  • 132 Robin // May 26, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Oh, I love embroidery. This book looks lovely.

  • 133 Heather // May 26, 2011 at 8:48 am

    hm..i remember making ghosts out of cheesecloth at halloween. they were so neat and it was so much fun!

  • 134 anna // May 26, 2011 at 8:49 am

    a skirt for 4h.

  • 135 Tahra // May 26, 2011 at 8:53 am

    The classic weaved potholders. I think my parents still use the ones I made!

  • 136 Faye // May 26, 2011 at 8:56 am

    we used to make potato print wrapping paper, and paint christmas ornaments! my mom is a crafty lady…

  • 137 Steffy // May 26, 2011 at 9:00 am

    My mom embroidered until she got sick, and it is a craft I always wanted to learn, I would love to win this!

    I used to make these little paper doll faces. They were just faces, and I would trace them from buttons so their faces were totally round. And then I would cut them out, and draw hair, and lips and eyes on them, and give them names and write them on the back. I had a whole VILLAGE of little doll faces.

  • 138 LS // May 26, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Cross stitch! And a Bible bookmark at that. Oh man.

  • 139 Robyn // May 26, 2011 at 9:03 am

    I remember making a puff-paint T-shirt with a hot air ballon on it.

  • 140 seeks // May 26, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I think my first formal crafting project was an embroidered pillow. I think it is somewhere in my parent’s attic, still unfinished, but I still fondly remember learning french knots.

  • 141 Suzanne // May 26, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Book looks great! The first craft I remember doing was white French knot embroidery on linen. There has to be a name for it. I was pretty good at French knots as a little girl!

  • 142 Keely // May 26, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Fruit Loop necklace of course! The preschool staple.

  • 143 jenn // May 26, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I remember making t-shirts with puffy paint slogans. Oh my god. They were amazingly ridiculous. I have never embroidered, but I’ve been thinking about getting Alicia’s book for a long time now… time for a new craft! (Can’t go back to those t-shirts.)

  • 144 Ali // May 26, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Sewing a tiny pillow out of pink and white seersucker–it was about 2×5″, and I used the sewing machine.

  • 145 Jen // May 26, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I had the Mr. Rogers Craft Set when I was a toddler. Came with things like popsicle sticks, feathers, and googly eyes.

  • 146 Margaret // May 26, 2011 at 9:12 am

    First craft?
    Probably the elaborate cardboard box and (loads of) scotchtape fortresses I used to construct with my preschool buddy. As I recall they often had a marble run element in them.
    Now I recreate them for my toddler!

  • 147 r. // May 26, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Shrinky dinks, wadded up tissue paper mosaics , loopy loom potholders, paint by number on velvet, melted plastic stained glass and ‘placemats’ (a drawing covered in plastic wrap all come to mind.

  • 148 elaine // May 26, 2011 at 9:12 am

    i think it was either knitting or embroidery.

    my sisters are 6, 8 and 9 years older than me, and when they were in jr high and high school, embroidery on jeans was HUGE. so of course i had to try and copy them (i was maybe 7 or 8?)

  • 149 Sara // May 26, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Probably fingerpainting. We went to a real hippie pre-school so we did a LOT of fingerpainting. :)

  • 150 Sarah // May 26, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I remember making a wreath out of mini-pretzels glued together, with a plaid ribbon woven through the holes and tied in a bow.

  • 151 Misty // May 26, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I love Alicia’s site! My first on-my-own craft that I remember is a latch hook rug that was supposed to look like a tiger skin rug. I don’t think I ever finished it though.

  • 152 Alex // May 26, 2011 at 9:25 am

    We made Mother’s Day books with drawings of mama’s face for the cover and a poem inside. Those were the days

  • 153 Kristin H // May 26, 2011 at 9:28 am

    The first craft I remember doing was painting. I had my own easel and a big pad of newsprint when I was 3 and I loved it!

  • 154 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen // May 26, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I would love to win this book and give it to my mother! She would be tickled. The first craft I remember is painting a cigar box in first grade. I think mine was the ugliest and still today my craft skill stink!

  • 155 megs // May 26, 2011 at 9:29 am

    The first crafts I remember being REAALLY into were potholders.

  • 156 Natasha // May 26, 2011 at 9:29 am

    my first serious craft was a cross stitched pillow case. I was 8, I think. I am sure I’ll find it, still unfinished, in one of my mum’s craft drawers :P

  • 157 Ellen // May 26, 2011 at 9:30 am

    funny enough, it was embroidery. In the 70’s. I used to like to buy the little kits (bucilla?) and practice lazy daisies. I totally remember doing one of those crazy denim shirts with a giant hollie hobbie on the back. Should have kept that one!

  • 158 Elisabeth G // May 26, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Either making a “lantern” out of construction paper or a woven paper heart basket. Haven’t made another lantern since I was a kid but the heart basket has proven to be a useful skill over the years!

  • 159 Leigh // May 26, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I remember my grandmother teaching me how to crochet.

  • 160 Aroseisarose // May 26, 2011 at 9:38 am

    The first craft (and it IS a craft) was learning to make pasta from mynona’s direction. Second was knitting.

  • 161 Sarah Jane // May 26, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I grew up in a very crafty household, but the first craft I *remember* doing was making a fruit loop necklace in preschool. I remember it well because my sister ate it and made me cry. I have forgiven her.

  • 162 Charlotte // May 26, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I remember building a house out of popsicle sticks. I was probably in preschool. The paint job was the best. Obviously.

  • 163 Charlie // May 26, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I’ve been crafting for so long I can’t remember the first one I made. However, I do remember my first sewing project. I am the dive-in-the-deep-end type so I thought, ‘Ooooh, Koolats!’ I was so proud and showed them my Grandma. She grinned and told me I should go try them on….
    I sewed the legs shut. So I made a Koolot Pillow.

  • 164 Erin // May 26, 2011 at 9:44 am

    The first craft I remember was making a pasta covered christmas ornament that was then spray-painted gold.

  • 165 Isabel // May 26, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Hmm, I remember making turkeys out of construction paper cutouts of the traced shape of my hand at Thanksgiving — also have early memories of making puffy paint-decorated t-shirts! Yay, the 80s!

  • 166 abigail // May 26, 2011 at 9:45 am

    wow remembering my first crafty project is tough! I grew up on a farm in the middle of NOWHERE and so my 3 siblings and I were always drawing, making things and playing pretend. We made treasure maps and buried them in jars around the farm… I like to think of the new owners digging them up and scratching their heads in wonderment!

  • 167 Kat Stegeman // May 26, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I was taught how to sew and latch hook by my grandmother- I made a pretty cheesy latch hook pillow with a horse on it. While I don’t latch hook anymore, I love to embroider! This book looks awesome! (love your blog btw- thanks for inspiring me!)

  • 168 Maggi // May 26, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I remember sewing (and gluing) hand puppets from the scraps in my mom’s sewing room.

  • 169 Emjay Kay // May 26, 2011 at 9:52 am

    The first craft I remember doing was embroidery-
    my Mother taught me some very simple stitches.
    I would love to get back to it. I am a huge fan of
    Alicia’s blog, and I would so love to win this book!
    Thanks, and Happy Anniversary!

  • 170 Elizabeth Louros // May 26, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I think the first craft I remember doing was making potholders with one of those metal loom things and my Nana teaching me to knit.

  • 171 Kelly // May 26, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I remember doing a Christmas cross-stitch ornament when I was in Girl Scouts.

  • 172 jenagain // May 26, 2011 at 10:02 am

    making my own stitching cards… I drew a woman singing “KAY SERA SERA” and then stitched around the outlines :)

  • 173 Shiloh // May 26, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Like a lot of other folks, the first craft I can remember is weaving pot holders with one of those plastic looms. They always seems to be too small to use!

  • 174 Monica // May 26, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I remember making long crochet chains when I was little. I never learned anything past that though.

  • 175 Sharon // May 26, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I love Alicia’s website. First craft? Lincoln logs?

  • 176 Camille // May 26, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Has to be Bedazzling and puffy painting T-shirts. Child of the 80s, what can I say?

  • 177 jo-anne // May 26, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Playdoh in pre-school. Not the commercial stuff, but the homemade kind that tasted salty when you could sneak a bite!

  • 178 Barbara S. // May 26, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Cooking! My folks let me do it for fun, to help make family meals, and just experiment and find out what would happen if I put different things together.
    Second would be embroidery in Girl Scouts.

  • 179 Jennie // May 26, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Definitely sewing, my mom is a seamstress so I was always sitting at her feet trying to duplicate her skill.

  • 180 kayduh // May 26, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Decorating sugar cookies!

  • 181 Monica // May 26, 2011 at 10:26 am

    My first craft memory involves my mom teaching me to crochet little red and white stocking ornaments. I made them for my two best friends and stuffed them with mini candy canes. :)

  • 182 Elis // May 26, 2011 at 10:27 am

    The first craft I remember learning is crochet, from an elderly neighbor when I was 4 or 5. It took me 20 years to pick it up again after we moved away.

  • 183 RLJ // May 26, 2011 at 10:34 am

    We didn’t really do crafts at home, so probably something at school or church.

    I do remember taking old pill bottles and putting broken crayons (without the paper) in them. Then we put them in the oven the the bottles and crayons melted to make some really cool things. We did this with my grandma.

  • 184 seedless grape // May 26, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Apart from school crafts, knitting.

  • 185 NOTyourrunofthemill // May 26, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Corking! Remember? I would make a snake as long as the house was long. I was probably seven. It was the very thing to give/receive as a birthday present way back then.

  • 186 Kim // May 26, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I made those friendship bracelets like crazy for quite a few years!!!

  • 187 Anna // May 26, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I’ve been doing crafts my whole life. I used to do most of my crafting with paper and tape. I remember using a push pin to perforate the outline of a paper shape so I could “cut” it out in pre school. (I guess push pins are safer than scissors for a 3 year old) I also remember using halved q-tips and film containers filled with glue to glue things together. And lots of glitter. Those are my first craft memories.

  • 188 zud // May 26, 2011 at 10:42 am

    i remember tracing my hand on craft paper and turning it into a thanksgiving turkey

  • 189 mirabelle // May 26, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Making pictures with india ink.

  • 190 chrissy // May 26, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I love Alicia’s blog! I would be so excited to win! My first craft that I remember was doing cross stitch, I’m sure there were many earlier preschool projects that I have forgotten.

  • 191 Steph N // May 26, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Does fingerpainting count? If not, then I think it was little pre-printed embroidery kits.

  • 192 Shanley // May 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I think these most ridiculous christmas tree ornaments which looked like sheep. what sheep have to do with christmas, I have no idea, but they had googly eyes and were awfully fuzzy, and my mom still puts them on her tree every year :)

  • 193 Jessica H // May 26, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I think my first craft was actually book binding – as my parents used to make me do book reports about things I read. Otherwise I remember making a camping cushion, and yarn doll.

  • 194 Carolyn // May 26, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I remember making “embroidered” felt bracelets with my grandmother. Just strips of left-over felt with yarn randomly sewn through it that my Grandma then put a button & hole on. I wore them all the time…definitely super cool.

  • 195 Zoe // May 26, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I attended a Waldorf school when I was little. I have a clear memory of sculpting tiny horses out of soft beeswax in shades of brown. They were the size of a penny!

  • 196 Luann // May 26, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I remember my mom helping me make a Barbie doll house out of a cardboard box in second grade.

  • 197 Cherish // May 26, 2011 at 11:18 am

    We made salt dough ornaments for many years when I was pretty young. My mom was always doing crafts with us so I really can’t remember a time when I wasn’t crafting something :)

  • 198 Jenn // May 26, 2011 at 11:25 am

    the first craft I remember doing is knitting- no wonder, I am still obsessed, 20+ years later!

    Posie Gets Cozy is one of my fave blogs.

  • 199 Jenn // May 26, 2011 at 11:25 am

    the first craft I remember doing is knitting- no wonder, I am still obsessed, 20+ years later!

    Posie Gets Cozy is one of my fave blogs.

  • 200 Katrina // May 26, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I remember making Christmas ornaments out of foam eggs and all kinds of pins, trim, sequins. Loved that.

  • 201 Dawn Richardson // May 26, 2011 at 11:32 am

    The first one I vaguely remember was using one of those elastic loop looms to make a potholder…

  • 202 Kate S. // May 26, 2011 at 11:36 am

    My mother is a cross-stitch embroidery extraordinaire. The very first craft I can remember is starting my own cross-stitch alongside her. I never had the talent for it that she does and, truth be told, the inclination either, but I love those memories.

  • 203 Laura J // May 26, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Making lanyards with plastic string

  • 204 Hope // May 26, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I started embroidering when I was seven but the first craft I remember doing was making dollhouse furniture for my Sunshine Family (hippie Barbieesque dolls). The most successful pieces were baby beds (with bedding!) made out of a strawberry basket and matchbox. Love Posie Gets Cozy!

  • 205 Nana // May 26, 2011 at 11:42 am

    My first craft…stick’ems (with glue…not the plastic peel-and-stick you have now). Mom framed the picture I made (a woman with a hat — gawd, I’m old!)

  • 206 Natalie // May 26, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I’m pretty sure it was sewing. My mom taught me when I was young, maybe 5. Hand-sewing and sewing on buttons first, and then how to use her old Singer child-size machine that you had to turn the wheel to move the needle.

  • 207 Stephanie M. // May 26, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I have been wanting to give embroidery a try. What an adorable book!

  • 208 Kelly K // May 26, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I learned how to sew first!

  • 209 Elizabeth Anne // May 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I remember making turkeys in kindergarten by using an pencil eraser to glue little scraps of colored tissue paper onto a paper background.

  • 210 Claire // May 26, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I remember my mom teaching me how to knit a blanket for my Barbies!

  • 211 Minerva // May 26, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I remember making the the painted-hand-Thanksgiving-Turkey in Kindergarten. My first memorable craft at home was a faux fur vest – with tails! – for my teddy bear when I was about 7. He also got a natty pair of “silk” pants to go with the vest.

  • 212 dbee // May 26, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    The first craft I can recall making was at my grandmother’s house. She had me putting a sequin on a pin and then pushing the pin into a styrofoam ball. We made snowmen!

  • 213 Kaela // May 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    One of my first crafts I remember doing was making “mouse houses” out of shoe boxes. We would create little rooms with mouse beds, furniture, etc.

  • 214 Min // May 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I was raised by a very craft-oriented mother, so I have no idea what the first craft was. I remember the very early ones (pre-school aged) usually involved popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, or salt dough. A few years later I got a child-sized loom and wove tons of useless lenghths with this lovely soft yarn, so those were probably my first “proper” crafts (if you can call them that).

  • 215 YC in Seattle // May 26, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I think it was those food-dye colored salted-dough Christmas ornaments, and oh, I hated getting the stuff under my finger nails!

  • 216 Amber // May 26, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I’m pretty sure it was something with popsicle sticks. My childhood crafting memories are like 80% popsicle sticks.

  • 217 Rebecca // May 26, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    We did so many crafts when I was a kid. On of the earliest I can remember is melting plastic beads into a metal framework in the oven to make “stained glass” Christmas ornaments. One of the reasons I love Alicia’s stuff so much is that her Christmas ornament kits remind me so much of the felt ornaments that my mom and grandmother made years and years ago.

  • 218 Kathy // May 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I used to make pot-holders on my little weaving loom. Loved that thing.

  • 219 ellen // May 26, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    The first craft I recall was sewing those little cards together that are made to help little fingers get the coordination for sewing. The first craft that actually produced a product was embroidery. I can remember embroidering dresser scarves and pillowcases before I finished second grade.

  • 220 Lisa F // May 26, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Christmas ornaments with pine cones.

  • 221 Annie // May 26, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    My grandma taught me cross-stitching. I know there were other things I did at an earlier age, but I can remember this very clearly sitting at her house with a pattern and her floss just going one little x at a time. It was fun, I wanna get back into it again.

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  • 222 Michelle // May 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    My mother taught us many things at the same time, but I do remember one of my favorites was an oval rug I made for my dolls with spool knitting.

  • 223 Patti // May 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I learned to knit from my mother and grandmother, but they were so critical of my technique, I gave it up for years and years. My first real craft I could call my own was weaving. I did go back to knitting later. And I love embroidery!

  • 224 Mandy F // May 26, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I remember making corn husk dolls with my mom. It was such an old fashioned and sweet thing to do, and the doll I made still hangs on my Christmas tree every year.

  • 225 Kat // May 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I love Alicia too! Hers is one of the first blogs I remember following that I still do to this day.

    The first craft I remember trying was finger knitting, although there isn’t much you can build on with that! However today knitting is my main hobby so who can say? :)

  • 226 Lizzie // May 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I learned how to cross-stitch and knit pretty young, but I went NUTS CRAZY over latch hook. I had shaggy pictures of rainbows and unicorns everywhere!

  • 227 Randi // May 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    The first craft I remember being really into was weaving those little potholders with the stretchy fabric. I made them for EVERYONE one Christmas :)

  • 228 kristel // May 26, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    i remember gluing various types of beans on a piece of wood on a school trip to the art gallery. i took my time and didn’t get to finish it… my mom said she would buy me more dried beans at the store, but she never did! :(

  • 229 stacey // May 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I think I remember rubber stamping as my first craft. This was the early 90s, and rubber stamps were huuuge, at least in my part of the US. My mom had a huge collection, and sometimes she’d let us play with them. For my 5th or 6th birthday, she sewed tote bags for all my party guests and we rubber stamped them with giant unicorns. :)

  • 230 Annika // May 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I think the first craft I learned was sewing, but the first craft I *remember* doing is crocheting. Just making a chain. I was maybe three years old.

  • 231 Stephanie // May 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I don’t know if I remember this or if it is just a good family story that I’ve heard a hundred times, but I think I remember “painting” with pudding.

  • 232 Donna // May 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    First craft? Hm. I think that either be making a potholder on one of those plastic looms, or stitching a doll dress–just a front and back, with the seam showing on the outside of the dress. I vaguely remember the fabric being a very seventies hot pink print.

  • 233 Roseann // May 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Aside from coloring on the walls, I remember my mom giving me a bottle of glue and letting me glue pennies to paper and doing rubbings of the pennies and leaves.

  • 234 Wren // May 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    omg, I was just contemplating buying this yesterday!

  • 235 meanliving // May 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Taking little squares of tissue paper and wrapping it loosely around the eraser of a pencil, dipping it in glue, then sticking it to a picture drawn on a piece of paper. No wonder I’m not so crafty as an adult (but I DO do cross-stitch!).

  • 236 aubrey // May 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I’m sure I did awful paint and glue things before this, but the earliest thing that comes to mind is my grandma teaching me to crochet.

  • 237 at // May 26, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    The first craft I remember doing without supervision was hand stitching a lion and mouse puppet that I ‘designed’ myself :)

  • 238 Lauren // May 26, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Awww my grandmother taught me early on to crochet as well. It was so special! My earliest craft I think was dutifully making paper fans with drawings of what I imagined to be very ferocious sharks on them to sell to real and imaginary people who passed by in my grandmothers living room.

  • 239 lisa // May 26, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I remember being called the “cut and paste queen” before any certain projects, but there must have been a reason!

  • 240 Melanie // May 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    The first craft I remember doing was covering a terra cotta flower pot in grout and decorating it with broken up pieces of tiles and flattened marbles. It was a gift for my mom on Mother’s Day. She still has it!

  • 241 Jen R // May 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I always remember making friendship bracelets as a kid….I loved them!

  • 242 Kiersten // May 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    one of the first crafts i remember doing was the first of MANY attempts my mom made to teach me how to knit. We used a maroon yarn and she sat patiently as i tried to master the basic knitting steps. It may have been frustrating for her at times, but this memory and the fact that i learned to knit from my mother is something that will always stay will me.

  • 243 Caitlin // May 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    This has been on my wishlist since it came out! I love her projects!

  • 244 Kate // May 26, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    My first memory is probably of making things with homemade play-doh, and of course, eating it.

    My strongest craft memory of something I STILL HAVE is of making silk screen scarves at camp when I was about 9 years old, using salt to direct and shape the dye.

    Though now that I think of it, the counted cross-stitch of pears that my grandmother started me on may pre-date the scarves, and that hangs on the wall at my mother’s house.

  • 245 kate // May 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    What a great question! I think the first thing I remember making is “sculptures” out of bread dough that my mom made. It was a kinda of craft medium made out of glue, salt, and mashed up white bread. I did a lot of crafting over the years with my mom. I felt so grown up when we would embrioder pillow cases together.

  • 246 Flora // May 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I sort of remember sewing in Girl Scouts. I kept poking myself with the darn needle.

  • 247 Mandy // May 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    My first craft was panty hose potatoes. My mom taught me how to stuff panty hose with polyfill and tie it off to make the potato shape, and then stitch little eyes into it with white thread. I made tons and my mom, bless her heart, displayed them all over the house. :)

  • 248 amanda gibson // May 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Cross Stitching. It was actually an assignment in grade school – and I remember really loving it!

  • 249 sarah // May 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    definitely the first one i remember is those god’s eye ornaments with popsicle sticks and yarn!

  • 250 Mando // May 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I’ve been a crafty person for as long as I (or anyone else) can remember, but the first one ghat comes to mind is a popsicle stick Christmas ornament with piles of glitter and beads all over it from very early elementary school. Even though things have started falling off of it, my mom has hung it up every year!

  • 251 Cheryl // May 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Nylon potholders on little looms!!

  • 252 bean // May 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    School craft – I feel like it was gluing pasta on paper, but I’m not sure. Independent craft – someone taught me how to do a crochet chain stitch, but nothing else and gave me a large ball of pink acrylic yarn. It resulted in a very, very long chain. I kept it (inexplicably) for years.

  • 253 Jessica // May 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I remember gluing popsicle sticks together and liberally coating them in gold glitter to make Christmas ornaments in preschool. My mom still has one that she places on her tree each year!

  • 254 Liz J in Central Illinois // May 26, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    My Grandma taught me embroidery when I was a kid. I haven’t done it since, but I used to like doing it. Not sure if it was the craft itself, or just the opportunity to spend time doing something with Grandma1 :)

  • 255 JJ // May 26, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Does food count? I remember my grandmother giving me lessons on how to bake, things like date bars and true apple pie!

  • 256 Elsa // May 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I have vivid but fuzzy memories of making salt-dough Christmas ornaments and — this is where the “vivid” comes in — a salt-dough gingerbread variation. I must have been tiny: I only remember the scent of the cinnamon filling the house, the rich bronzed color of the finished ornaments, and how sad I was that we weren’t going to eat them!

    I wonder now what Mom put in the dough — would just plain salt really be enough to keep them from succumbing to time and insects? They held up for years packed up in our Christmas trunk.

  • 257 Darci // May 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I am going to have to go with…sewing. I made outfits for my barbies. But that quickly became knitting and cross stitch

  • 258 Brooke // May 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I think it’s making potholders out of little elastic bands…

  • 259 Andi // May 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I think it was sewing a mother’s day present in elementary school.

  • 260 Cindy // May 26, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Making clothes for Barbie and friends from scraps of Mom’s sewing.

  • 261 Holly // May 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Potato prints on brown butcher paper for wrapping paper. That was probably 35 years ago (!) — I should try it again soon!

  • 262 Patsy // May 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    The first craft I remember doing was sewing with my mom. She made EVERYTHING for us when we were kids. Dresses, jeans, everything! I grew up next to her sewing machine.

  • 263 Lindsay // May 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    The first craft I remember is making Crystal snowflakes with my grandmother. I know there were art projects before then, but this one I remember very specifically!

  • 264 shallowwater // May 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I remember doing a basic embroidery in kindergarten. We had a hoop with an outline of something traced on the fabric and sewed along the outline. I think I probably did stuff before that, but I don’t remember it

  • 265 Pam // May 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    The first craft I remember doing was the plaster cast of my hand in Kindergarten. It was in a styrofoam meat tray and painted gold. I was so proud!

  • 266 Erin // May 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Macrame at girl scout camp.

  • 267 Stephanie // May 26, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I love the mini writing prompts almost as much as the possibility of prizes. I remember re-painting my Holly Hobby toy box with various shades of my mother’s nail polishes when I was three years old.

  • 268 Miranda E. // May 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I remember making families of little origami frogs when I was pretty little. Then I made cardboard houses for them out of old boxes.

  • 269 Judith Haycock // May 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I remember collecting matchboxes to make furniture for small dolls in shoe box houses

  • 270 christi // May 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I spent lots of time hospitalized as a kid, and was invariably in the hospital over Christmas every year. In order to make it special, my Mother brought supplies to make Christmas ornaments. There were the tried and true construction paper circles that were linked together. We also cut out cardboard stars and then covered them in tin foil to hang on the tree.

  • 271 Pearliepie // May 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I don’t remember it at all, but I just found a book of watercolor splotches labels “Pearl’s first paintings” in my mom’s things. My first memory of craft was making beads from salt dough and then painting them.

  • 272 Crysatl // May 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I remember making a thanksgiving turkey out of clay in preschool. It is brown and looks like a fist. I was into abstract?

  • 273 michelle // May 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    When I was little, I spent a great deal of time embroidering dish towels, then pillowcases, and samplers – crochet was soon to follow!

  • 274 Mika // May 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    The first crafts I remember doing are crochet (taught by grandma), and cross-stitch. I’m sure there were painting, cutting, colouring crafts before those.. but these were my first “grown-up” crafts.

  • 275 Lucy // May 26, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    My first craft was a crocheted potholder that my grandmother taught me how to make. I was so proud of it, but it really was more decorative than useful — Large holes in potholder + hot pan = burnt fingers.

  • 276 Emma // May 26, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    The first craft that I remember doing was in pre-school when I was 3 or 4 when we made necklaces of yarn and macaroni. If only all craft projects were that easy. Oh, those were the days. :-)

  • 277 Lee Ann // May 26, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I remember making Christmas ornaments when I was little. We used macaroni, spraypaint, & glitter. One of them has survived all these years, & my mom still hangs it on the tree.

  • 278 Drea // May 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Those plastic lanyards in Girl Scouts.

  • 279 Out2lunch // May 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I was about 6 and they were ‘learn to embroider’ kits with yarn and plastic mesh.

  • 280 Sarah Wick // May 26, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    My first sewing project was in middle school–a little pocket for my locker. I’m sure there were other crafts before, but not many. As a kid, I mostly played outside, “cooking” with mud, catching tadpoles in the creek, and the like.

    Thanks for this month of awesome giveaways. Happy Birthday, blog!

  • 281 Sarah R // May 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    My Grandmother used to have tri chem paints.. a million of them. So when I was young she used to have us clean the tip goo out as she painted. Once we mastered cleaning the tips, she let us paint on our own fabrics or purses or stained glass.

  • 282 prasti // May 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    the book looks wonderful! i love embroidering :). i think the first craft i remember making was a tie-dye shirt at home. it was either that or making “ice sculptures” with my sister out of frozen water in milk cartons.

  • 283 jjzach // May 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Painting on small rocks from my grandparents backyard.

    Pick me!

  • 284 Matilda // May 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    I used to make bags by hand stitching two sides of a fantastic piece of fabric together. Dont know that I ever finished one though.

  • 285 Anna H // May 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I love embroidering! What a cool book. I remember making a little spool doll, and I made her dress and glued on her hair. I still have it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 286 Katrina // May 26, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Paper chains made from craft paper and Clag glue :)

  • 287 rachellake // May 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I used to make dresses for my American Girl dolls by hot gluing pieces of fabric together :)

  • 288 Apex // May 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    My first craft was the pot holder in school for mother’s day.

  • 289 Andrea // May 26, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I remember making furniture for my Sunshine Family dollhouse out of milk cartons and contact paper. But I do remember sewing yarn projects onto Styrofoam meat trays in Sunday school too. Someone else mentioned those…I’d forgotten.

  • 290 Rebekah // May 26, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    The first thing I leaned to make was porcelain dolls. My grandma had a kiln and molds and a workshop, and taught me the craft when I was 7 or 8. I quickly outgrew it, but the few dolls I made with her are still in my mom’s china closet.

  • 291 kelli // May 26, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Making a Latch Hook Rug with my Dad. Good times!

  • 292 anniemade // May 26, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    hooray! love this!

  • 293 Syd // May 26, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    What is the first craft you remember doing? My great grandmother taught me how to crochet. I wish I could remember how now. She also gave me a HUGE box of beads and I made necklace after necklace and gave them to everyone including strangers on the street.

  • 294 Megan // May 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I started cross stitching when I was about 5. My great aunt gave me some very simple butterfly patterns – I loved them!

  • 295 Nicole // May 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    My grandma taught me how to make flowers by sewing a running stitch through a ribbon. I was so excited when I learned how to do that!

  • 296 Mariona // May 26, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    My mum tells me about doing necklaces using pasta in star shapes. Probably this was my first craft. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 297 Sally // May 26, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I don’t know for sure what my first craft was, as my childhood was filled with crafting, but I do remember cross stitching and sewing as early as 4th grade.

  • 298 Claire // May 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I have been drawing and making things for longer than I can remember, really, but the first craft I remember specifically learning is cross-stitch. My mother taught me, and I’ve just recently picked it up again.

    This book looks absolutely lovely. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  • 299 Aja // May 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    The first craft I remember doing was making a paper mache pinata with my sister. I think the memory sticks out because we made such a catastrophic mess.

  • 300 Linda // May 26, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I remember doing the old potholder loom.

  • 301 Anna // May 26, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    The first one that came to mind was weaving those potholder things that many people have already mentioned. The first craft that I remember being passionate about was making bracelets woven out of that plastic lacing. I loved those!

  • 302 Julie // May 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I learned to finger-weave at Girl Scout day camp the summer after kindergarten, and I don’t think I stopped doing it for the next five years!

    (At least, I thought that was my earliest remembered craft, but then I scrolled up and saw the words “potholder loom”… which I now remember I did with my grandma when I was 4. )

  • 303 Barbara // May 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    My mother taught me how to knit, so I made a little coat for my Barbie doll. I also remember making potholders on a metal loom.

  • 304 Nancy // May 26, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I remember my aunt giving me all her fabric scraps. I used them to make barbie clothes and bedding for the wicker barbie bed. Also made an upholster chair with some velvet and cardboard.

    Other barbie furniture included, a set of dresser drawers made from q-tip boxes and contact paper and a shower with an round oatmeal container.

  • 305 Sue // May 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    A rug hooking kit…it was a panda bear on a blue background and it took me about 2 years to finish!

  • 306 Rachael K. // May 26, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    My sisters and I used to make paper dolls and design their paper clothes. Fun!

  • 307 Sandra // May 26, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    My earliest memory is of giant needlepoints with a plastic needle, but my best memory is of a little loom that I called the Moon Loom. I think I always thought the man who gave it to me actually made it (his last name was Moon). I’m not certain if it’s based on crochet or knitting, I just know I loved how repetitive it was. I don’t think I ever finished a single scarf, but I bet it’s still in a closet somewhere.

  • 308 Rachel // May 26, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Those little plastic beads that you place onto peg boards and then melt with irons…can’t remember what they are/were called…so many hours spent making things with those though…

  • 309 Crystal // May 26, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I never had a craft per say, I drew all the time. I drew what ever animal caught my eye, my favorite as a child was my grandparents dog. My grandmother encouraged me so much to continue to draw she put my first drawing on her fridge like a prize! One of my favorite memories!

  • 310 Ryan // May 26, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I’m not very crafty but my girlfriend is. She’d love this book! She’s embroidering stuff for her friend’s right now so I’m sure she’d love to add this book to her collection.

  • 311 Emily D. // May 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Although my mother is no longer with me to verify this, my first memories of crafting include decoupaging wooden boxes. I also recall drawing pictures and embroidering them onto dishtowels or pillowcases, while my mother would be working away at the sewing machine. Fun to think about…

  • 312 Sheri // May 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Cutting snowflakes and then decorating them with random stuff I found around my aunt’s studio.

  • 313 wendy // May 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    crochet. I got a kit for my 6th birthday… had to read/follow the directions all on my own because no one in the family knew how to crochet. I eventually figured it out, and made all kinds of random things til I learned to knit at age 20. Never picked up a hook again. Sad, but true.

  • 314 Linda // May 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Around age 8, I remember embroidering tea towels with my mother.

  • 315 dawn // May 26, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    I’ve embroidered and done beading all my life but I have very fond memories of many many crafts involving dry pasta and gold spary paint!

  • 316 Terri // May 26, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    The first craft I remember doing was a necklace, when I was about four. Specifically, gold-painted macaroni strung on yarn for a Mother’s Day necklace, in Sunday School. I think there was a hand-print clay ashtray that may have preceded that, but I don’t really remember the making of that one very clearly (not surprising, since obviously that was back when dinosaurs roamed the earth).

  • 317 Kris // May 26, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Macaroni mosaics. :D I LOVED gluing noodles to paper, and then painting or glitterfying them. So much fun.

  • 318 Corinne // May 27, 2011 at 12:22 am

    I remember doing spin art with paints in squeeze bottles at my sister’s school fair! So fun :)

  • 319 Henderica // May 27, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Mmh my first craft? probably painting, drawing or sticking things on each other, can’t really remember ;)
    But I know we did do a lot of crafting in school

  • 320 Amy // May 27, 2011 at 2:51 am

    The first would be either making pictures with the orange and brown wrappers of a PB cup or A Chip and Dale embroidery thing my Grandma had me work on when she watched us.

  • 321 Beth // May 27, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Making an angel out of a dish detergent bottle. With a foam ball head.
    The book looks wonderful!

  • 322 Rachel // May 27, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Probably not my first, but I remember making a paper-mache macaw parrot for my project on the rainforest in grade-school. It was a work of art!

  • 323 carrie // May 27, 2011 at 4:26 am

    I remember “finger knitting”- I don’t know what I ever did with the results, I think I just did it to pass the time.

  • 324 Jody // May 27, 2011 at 4:56 am

    The first craft I remember making was a salt dough show in my first grade art class. Why a shoe? Who knows. I know I was crafting long before this, but my mom loved this piece of artwork and and raved over it. I guess that is why it came to mind. That and she still has in on her bookshelf in the kitchen. I am 34 years old now.

  • 325 Katy // May 27, 2011 at 4:57 am

    When I’d visit her on vacations, my grandmother always had something creative and crafty for me to do. The first one I remember was sewing: sitting on her lap at the sewing machine, her hands holding mine as we fed the fabric under the foot, making clothes for my Barbie doll. <3

  • 326 darlene // May 27, 2011 at 5:01 am

    I love the Posie Gets Cozy blog. The first craft that I made was in kindergarten (sp?) – and that was Valentine cards. Years later, I still make cards that I sell.

    Thanks for offering this prize.

  • 327 Sylvia // May 27, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Oh, I remember having the measles and my mother taught me how to do the knitting Nancy to keep my mind off the scratching. I knit a long tube that seems in my memory to have covered my entire bed!

  • 328 MK // May 27, 2011 at 6:23 am

    The loopy potholders — do they count as a craft?

  • 329 Cynthia // May 27, 2011 at 6:34 am

    The book sounds wonderful..I learned to embroider in Girl Scouts in the 60’s and have done different types over the years. I’m always looking for something new to try. Can’t really say what my first craft might have been, but I do remember making a piggy bank out of a plastic jug when I was in nursery school (that’s what they called preschool back in dinosaur times).

  • 330 Karli // May 27, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Not sure if it counts as a craft, but I always was and still draw or paint in any medium.

  • 331 Eowyn // May 27, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Fabric crayon decorated t-shirts! Also, potato stamps!

  • 332 Sarah M // May 27, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Oh my, I have been drooling over this book forever! The first craft I remember doing is the yarn-over-plastic-grid tissue box covers, keychains, frames, etc. And a little later I started counted cross stitch. So though I sew more now, needlework has been in my life a long time!

  • 333 Allison // May 27, 2011 at 6:54 am

    I made a motherload of scrunchies in the 3rd grade. It was the high point of the New Kids on the Block and slap bracelets, and one simply couldn’t have long hair without a scrunchie to accompany it.

  • 334 Meghan // May 27, 2011 at 7:00 am

    My mom taught me how to embroider (and finger crochet) at the age of five! I still can’t believe she let me near a needle. ha!

  • 335 Allison Sch. // May 27, 2011 at 7:34 am

    When I was in high school, I made my own purses. I used ties as the straps and did all the sewing by hand.

  • 336 Crystal // May 27, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I remember doing papier mache in elementary school, and my older cousin teaching me how to cross stitch, but I don’t remember which one came first.

  • 337 Rachel B. // May 27, 2011 at 7:41 am

    My very first craft was a knitted dishcloth. It was in bright red wool and ugly as all get out but my grandmother used it everyday until it fell apart.

  • 338 Kelly // May 27, 2011 at 7:46 am

    stitching plastic canvas together with acrylic yarn… blah!

  • 339 Alyssa // May 27, 2011 at 8:18 am

    My first craft was cross-stitch! My mom taught me how and I was SO excited to learn a big girl craft.
    I’m still partial to it, although I’m not a fan of the way it looks. (weird, I know.) However, there’s just something about all those lovely little x’s making something cute and wonderful that I really enjoy.

  • 340 willa // May 27, 2011 at 8:39 am

    oh my god, don’t know if i’m in under the wire on this one but i would LOVE to learn more embroidery. i’ve just started fiddling around myself, just improvising, and i love it! it’s like drawing but with thread.

  • 341 Sarah S. // May 27, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I remember making potholders on a plastic ‘loom’ frame out of those colored loops.

  • 342 Heather // May 27, 2011 at 8:40 am

    My first craft was also those loopy potholders. I was damn good at them too, so I am totally counting it as a real craft. In my grown-up life, it was cross-stitch which is why I’m glad I’m getting in just under the wire for my chance to win! (fingers crossed).

  • 343 Jennifer // May 27, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Lately I’ve had the desire to take up embroidery – it was something my great-grandfather did and I’m inspired by that.

  • 344 E // May 27, 2011 at 8:56 am

    The first craft that I really got into was making things out of polymer clay. I think I still have my Sculpey around someplace- I should pick it up again.

  • 345 Teresa // May 27, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Paper dolls! My mom would draw the doll itself for me, and my sisters and I would spend hours drawing and cutting up clothes. We then sent our paper dolls to our very own paper boarding schools, Enid Blyton style…

  • 346 marta // May 27, 2011 at 9:02 am

    i really enjoy paulson’s blog and i would love to win her book!!!

  • 347 Erin L // May 27, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Hmm, the first craft….maybe shaping things out of bread dough. Mom had a big stack of Pack o’ Fun magazines that she would get ideas from.

  • 348 steph // May 27, 2011 at 9:33 am

    My mom was an avid crochet-er so she taught me single and double-crochet. She’s a lefty and I’m a righty so I didn’t get much further than that. I still know how and I can still crochet the heck out of a dish cloth. Thanks!!!

  • 349 Malinda Lloyd // May 27, 2011 at 9:58 am

    oh this is a hard question – I’ve been crafting for as long as I remember. the first craft I remember doing that wasn’t cutting and pasting or painting was weaving. I got a kid’s size, simple plastic loom from my grandmother for Christmas.