craft /kræft/ verb: to make or produce with care, skill, or ingenuity

My name is Karyn, and I want to craft a life through creating and making. I primarily sew, but I also love to work with paper and other materials.

I’m creating a new life in a new city, and have found some great quilty and non-quilty friends. When someone asks me what I do/who I am, I say I’m a quilter, but I also sew garments and things for the home, and still dabble in other crafts. And I have power tools and I’m not afraid to use them.

This newest journey is about how to create value and meaning. And hopefully nurturing both myself and others in the process. Sewing is just my method. And as a life long serial crafter*, maybe the sewing will morph into something else someday. Who knows? It’s all about creation: creating and modifying the world around me to add value, warmth, love.

I’ve always been more drawn to creating items with a practical purpose, as opposed to stuff that’s just ‘pretty.’ I don’t consider myself an artist, but I do want my creative side to spread its wings and expand. Someday, I’d like to be able to call myself an artisan, but I don’t think I’m there just yet.

My body has limitations, and I try to respect them. I don’t always succeed. Projects take awhile, and some days are better than others. I take it slow. I love quilting and sewing, as it is easy to work on something for an hour, then set it aside and pick up later right where I left off. I’m fortunate to have a dedicated sewing room, so I can leave all my projects just where they are. Usually the sewing room looks like an explosion occurred just moments earlier.

So welcome to my world, and please don’t hesitate to contact me. Let’s create a world together!

(What is a serial crafter? Someone who has owned a large loom and a glass kiln and acrylic painting supplies and needleworking stuff and paper cutting and metalworking and fabric dyeing & printing and sewing… I’m sure I’m forgetting a few.)