Crafts & Hobbies Information Channel:
|More free online ebooks tips
home remedies how to articles:
Advertising | Affiliate revenue sharing | Auctions | Best Tips | Blogging | Crafts & Hobbies | Currency Trading | mesothelioma lung cancer and asbestos | Mortgage and refinance | Pets | Web Site design |
We would like to thank the local libraries, schools, and universities for recommending students to visit us when doing research on any of our information topics.
Please check back frequently as new topics are added and current topics are updated daily.
Gourd Enthusiasm Growing Around the World
Gourds pLaid an essential role in the daily life of early cultures. Commonly used as containers and vessels, they were also used for musical instruments. Some cultures used gourds for birdhouses and feeders and this is what most people today think of when they hear the word gourd. Or maybe you can remember a dipper made out of a gourd at Grandma's house years ago.
Now artists and crafts people have discovered a new medium to develop their creativity. I'm not sure when the gourd craze officially started but it worked it's way into my life about eight years ago by way of an article in a gardening magazine. It looked interesting and so that spring I decided to grow a couple gourd plants.
My first creations were, of course, birdhouses. Later, after some research and book purchases, the world of gourds exploded and I have found that the creative possibilities are limitless. Even if you can't come up with your own ideas there are a multitude of books and tutorials written by gourd artists and crafters explaining different techniques that can be done with gourds.
Gourd craft is working its way into the hands of accomplished artists who have found the gourd to be an exciting new way to showcase their art. They are not just for crafters anymore.
So now that you have gotten a little gourd enthusiasm of your own what comes next? Well, the gourd of course. Gourd growers and suppliers, once few and far between, are beginning to pop up everywhere. Many can be found on the internet.
Gourds come in all shapes and sizes, from minis to giants. The name of the gourd can give you a clue about the shape, such as egg, cannonball, canteen, basketball, bottle and so forth. You get the idea.
In order to work with the gourd it must be dry. If you happen to find gourds being sold in the fall at a farmers market they will most likely be freshly harvested. These will have to dry for a few months to a year or more depending on size. I personally don't like to purchase green gourds, as they are called, just in case they haven't fully matured. Some growers new to the world of gourd craft don't understand the needs of the gourd artist. They are only concerned with growing gourds for fall decoration. A poorly grown gourd, instead of drying, may rot or have a shell too thin to work with.
I'm in favor of buying gourds that have already dried. This way surprises and disappointments can be reduced. You still may have a few along the way though. When gourds dry they produce a moldy skin that eventually dries on the gourd. This skin has to be removed before art work can begin. After the skin is removed you may discover some holes or warts on your gourd. Or during cleaning you might discover your hard gourd has turned soft once you got it wet. This is the sign of a thin shell. There are things that can be done with a thin shell but for the most part we look for gourds with thick, sturdy shells.
To avoid these problems, look for cleaned, ready to craft gourds. These gourds have been cleaned for you. Cleaning is a messy job and you may not have the desire or area in which to do it yourself.
So come and join in the fun and find out for yourself the addicting powers of the gourd.
Martha Bloom: grower and crafter of gourds.
MORE RESOURCES updated Mon. March / 20 / 2023
The Alphabetical Guide To Craft Hobbies | A-Z List Of Crafts Country Living UK
Opinion | Dive into old hobbies, get creative at Fort Erie Public Library Niagara Falls Review
Anna Sharp | Obituaries | madisoncourier.com Madison Courier
10 Relaxing Hobbies to Help You Unwind The Teen Magazine
Michaels Welcomes Sellers with Launch of Online Marketplace EcommerceBytes
Two Sisters Put Up for Adoption at End of WWII Finally Reunite After ... Good News Network
Donna Hand | Obituary | Gloucester Times Gloucester Times
Columbia Staff Spotlight - Ms. Frye | Columbia Elementary School Fairfax County Public Schools
8 craft hobbies everyone's talking about in 2023 Country Living UK
Buff Sorensen Obituary (1945 - 2023) Legacy.com
Obituary for Mildred H. Bauer Hathaway Funeral Homes
Georgia Renn Obituary (1934 - 2022) Legacy.com
Tyndall Connect: Building relationships Tyndall Air Force Base
Lois Carlson Obituary (1958 - 2023) Legacy.com
7 great handmade Mother's Day gift ideas from Northern Ireland ... NorthernIrelandWorld
Business Intel: Crossroads Hobbies and Crafts Roanoke Times
Plan Your Week for March 20 | Calendar | dailysentinel.com The Daily Sentinel
Hobby Lobby to open this fall in Midland Mall Midland Daily News
39 ideas for fun new hobbies — 01/12/23 Manchester HippoPress
Arts and crafts RNIB
Meet Buffs with similar hobbies | Division of Student Affairs University of Colorado Boulder
Inflation and younger crafters are sparking a renewed interest in ... Colorado Public Radio
Where to try new hobbies in San Diego County in 2023 The San Diego Union-Tribune
Meet Shelby, a 16-year-old who has lots of hobbies Arizona's Family
125 Best Hobbies For Women Parade Magazine
Endangered Crafts and the Destinations Keeping Them Alive The New York Times
Cobblestone Crafts listed for sale after four decades for $679K HollandSentinel.com
24 DIY activities for middle school students Teaching Expertise
From Hot Air Balloons to Local Art, These Are the Top Hobby ... Northern Virginia Magazine
How to Find a New Hobby | Chase Chase News & Stories
Ellen DeGeneres crafts comeback with YouTube series The New Daily
Hobby Lobby sued for disability discrimination after firing employee with service dog - Business Insider
Hobby Lobby sued for disability discrimination after firing employee with service dog Business Insider
Bored at home? Now’s the perfect time to pick up a new hobby CNN Underscored
To Hobbies I Have Loved (and Lost) Before www.autostraddle.com
Open class results-full Lusk Herald
School teacher starts crafting and making earrings as a side hustle Business Insider
Low-cost relaxing hobbies to take up this winter Metro.co.uk
Justice Alito leaked SCOTUS contraception ruling in 2014: NYT Business Insider
Fayetteville Future Black History Makers: Meet Mason The Fayetteville Observer
Why Hobbies Are So Important in Retirement The Wall Street Journal
Secretive Space Force unmanned craft lands after 2.5 years in orbit Business Insider
Why pickleball has become so popular for VCs and founders Business Insider
Don't turn your hobby into a side hustle The Japan Times
Why the military is spotting more mysterious flying objects lately Business Insider
Crafts & Hobbies City of Aurora
Amityville Women's Club hold first meeting of 2022-23 club year Amityville Record
8 Queer Nerd Hobbies and How to Get Into Them www.autostraddle.com
UAP shot down over Alaska 'interfered' with F-22 sensors: report Business Insider
Crafting is my favorite hobby Newsday
9 creative workshops in Toronto for new hobbies & skills Shedoesthecity
Thousands mistook a US research tool for the Chinese spy balloon Business Insider
Shoplifter who attacked store owner with bear spray now free Kamloops This Week
Hobby Lobby vs. Michaels: Which craft store is better? Business Insider
It's OK Not To Have Hobbies HuffPost
Normal hobbies? No thanks Mankato Free Press
How Hobbies Infiltrated American Life The Atlantic
Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or Joann: Which is the best craft store? Business Insider
20 Hobbies that Make Money Small Business Trends