Crewel work. It’s an embroidery technique that looked fascinating to do. I found I could not sit still in one place long enough to really get into it. Hate is not a word I use, but I did not take to it at all.
I had been fascinated by cross-country skiing for years, and finally tried it a few weeks ago. It was a blast, and a great way to see the state parks in this area in the winter. But… Let’s just say I had the most experience out of the entire class of getting up with skis on. ;) I was sore for several days. I don’t hate it, but it was a bit more of an athletic sport than I was expecting. I do believe I will be doing it again, though. At a more relaxed pace.
Japanese woodblock printmaking. I love the way it looks when it’s done right, and I could imagine doing it right and making beautiful things I could imagine ahead of time, and then I got totally bored with all the tiny cuts and also the registration is a little too complicated, and also you have to buy special wood, and oh forget it.
I can’t think of one I hated, but the one I loved the most and do the least is wood working. I found that outside of the adult woodworking classes I was taking, I didn’t have the time, or the right tools, or the motivation. In class, I worked the hell out of that wood, though! Power tools make me ROAR.
I took a class on Stained Glass once, and I had really looked forward to it. However, it didn’t occur to me until I took it that anything involving glass has the risk of tiny shards of glass getting into your fingers, and the thought of that, combined with the fact that the course was in the middle of winter at night, and it was free so I had nothing to lose by dropping it, so I dropped it.
Recently, a coworker does jewelry making (beading, specifically) and he was going to teach me, so I bought all this beading stuff, tools, beads, etc., but have not actually sat down and tried anything. I guess it’s easier to do what I know, which is decoupage, than to take out the tools and notions and scratch my head over the beading. I will get to it but just not any time soon. All the beading stuff is waiting for me to come around!
I bought a guitar in the hopes that I’d become a really good musician. Gave up after about fifteen minutes. Now my guitar’s sat gathering dust, but I don’t want to sell it because I just know that the day I do is probably the day I decide I want to become a musician again. xD
I really, really enjoy crafting, but have something like crafter’s ADHD. I’ll do something once or twice, then I’m ready to move on to the next thing.
I seriously, seriously hate crochet, though. I want to be good at it, but I just don’t have the patience for repetitive activity.
Give me a wall and a rainbow of paints, and I’m a happy camper. Better yet, a ton of clay and unlimited access to a kiln.
My most recent “OMG I totally need to learn that” is spinning with a drop spindle. I just need a good supply of fiber. Preferably flax. Unfortunately I don’t live in a good climate for flax. It needs loamy soil. I have sand and dust.
I forgot violin. I took a bunch of lessons from a woman who owed me money and it worked great up to about $200 worth then I got stuck on the lowest note of “Over the Rainbow”, which I wanted to be able to play for my family because the oldest grandchild had learned to sing it, so insanely cute!!!!..... I transcribed it ever so laboriously to my own wacky system of notation, note by note, one syllable at a time, but when I came to this one note, the strings didn’t have it in them to produce it. The teacher then said, Oh it’s tuned too high, you have to retune it entirely and start all over again. So I said, Fuck this entirely and I will start all over again by singing like I always have. Worked out fine.