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VictoriaNorth Victoria North, product manager
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Here I am at my new desk, determined to learn how to craft.

Here I am at my new desk, determined to learn how to craft.

Photo: Victoria North

This week I was brought onto the CraftStylish team officially as a Web Producer, instead of just hanging around on loan from the Web department. I thought with this new position I should challenge myself to learn a craft, just one craft. If I could master paper making, sewing, or jewelry making that would be a start, but where to begin? First, I thought about what would be easiest to learn. Immediately I thought of paper crafts. I have been using paper to make things for over twenty years, how hard can it be? Then I looked closely at the beautiful projects on the site by Jeffery or galleries on the web by artists like Peter Callesen and realized that it would take a little skill to learn to do something so fantastic.

Obviously, if I feel daunted by some sheets of paper and can't decide on my one craft to learn, the answer is clearly to make the challenge harder. I have decided that I will collect a merit badge in every category on CraftStylish in one year. So this geek girl is going to learn how to sew, crochet, knit, quilt, make jewelry, use paper in some creative way, embroider, and find something to do for the infamous "other crafts." Suggestions for my "other craft" are welcome, but I am partial to felt. Now don't get me wrong I am not attempting to master all of these crafts, but to learn how to make something and complete even a small project in each before the end of the year.

Now maybe this will be much easier than expected and I will be making weekly projects in no time, or maybe this is going to be a serious struggle. Either way it will be fun to try. It doesn't hurt that I have some of the most talented crafting experts on speed dial. At the drop of a hat, I can give Jennifer, Susan, or Diane a call (if I can keep their time zones straight!) and ask questions about what on earth I am doing wrong. I know that you are all jealous, but you can share in my good fortune by posting questions in the comments and joining the conversation with the CraftStylish bloggers. Don't be shy. I am starting completely fresh here so I feel that there are no stupid questions, or at least none more stupid than mine will be.

I will also need help from all of you. I could use any and all tips you might have for me too. Where do you think I should start? What types of projects did you begin with when you were learning to craft? Post them in the comments.

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Comments (8)

artlikebread writes: Hey! I just saw these cool badges on Craft Blog. http://www.weareallangry.com/?p=329
Posted: 6:48 pm on August 12th
craftasaurus writes: VIC-KY! VIC-KY! VIC-KY! Make that card and post it!!!
Posted: 2:03 pm on July 17th
SharonAnderson writes: I expect to receive at least one of your crafts as a gift on my birthday, which is Sunday. So, you can have until Monday morning to complete your first craft project. And although I am hoping for something fabulous made out of felt, I'd accept a card.

Is that enough of a challenge for you?

Good luck, I think you're secretly very crafty and have been holding out on us...quietly planning your fabulous entry into the world of stylish make-it-yourself stuff.
Posted: 11:40 am on July 17th
cmk34 writes: You GO Vicky!!! If you need any help, especially with jewelry making, you know where my desk is!!!
Posted: 9:37 am on July 17th
MaeveQ writes: The first thing I ever made was a card. I was so shocked by how proud I was of it--I didn't want to give it away! Go for it...make a card!
Posted: 7:01 pm on July 16th
below14th writes: Congratulations and I can't wait to see all of your creations!
Posted: 4:51 pm on July 16th
artlikebread writes: How completely excellent! Why not start by making some cards? Also macramé is a good one. Here's a macramé tutorial that you might really like.

http://pnv.tvweekly.com/player.php?df1063707e37d5e2bd014f9ac4c8ead7y1488

Keep us updated!
Posted: 4:26 pm on July 16th
MichaelaMurphy writes: Game on Vicky!!! I am going to hold you to the challenge.
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Posted: 4:11 pm on July 16th
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