I'm very lucky with where I live. Bristol is a very arty city and there are hundreds of day, evening and weekend courses available to try just about any art, craft or activity that takes your interest. As a result, I've taken lessons in (amongst other things) singing, sewing, knitting, tarot and Christmas wreaths.
Many of my creations weren't fit to see the light of day, or have withered and been thrown away (such as my wreath), but I have kept most of what I make. It appears that I have a 'skilled beginner' level of talent at most crafts, but seem unable to get beyond this for any single activity. Maybe I just don't like hard work. Either way, here are my favourites.
Dragonfly and Star
I made this star in a Christmas stained glass workshop, and went back with my Mum 6 months later to make the dragonfly. They now have a time-share on the window by my front door where they catch the morning light. Of all of my creations, I think I might be the most pleased with these.
Stumpwork is essentially 3D embroidery, where you use layering of stitches, applique and wire to create an image. During the class I took, we made a clump of snowdrops and I'm just in love with the result. I keep meaning to get round to framing this, and going back to make more. The lady who was running the classes isn't doing it this year, so I can't go to make any of her other flowers, although you can buy her kits here.
Cross stich sampler
No class for this one, I just fancied giving it a go on the back of the embroidery I did. I found it very simple to get to grips with and am really chuffed how well it turned out. I'm working on another sampler kit at the moment, but it's more complex and is taking a lot longer to make progress on.
Needlecase and pin cushion
Not terribly exciting, but I do use them all of the time. We made these first in the sewing course I did last year and actually they're great. The pin cushion is stuffed with sawdust till it's solid and it's much better than the spongy ones I have!
I was just testing my stitches and ran this up. I liked it so much I put it in a frame!
I'm still trying to decide which classes to take this year - I want to try some different crafts, outside of the needlework I've already done. Pottery maybe? Any suggestions?