ART & CULTURE


Hobbies for Lockdown Period and Beyond

Viola Isaac is a teacher by profession. She has great love and admiration for handmade things. She has used this hobby to create many kinds of decorative and useful items just to feel happy and contented.

Hobby is defined as a regular activity done for enjoyment, typically during one's leisure time and making the best use of it - not professionally and not for pay. Hobbies include collecting themed items and objects, engaging in creative and artistic pursuits, playing sports, or pursuing other amusements.

Hobbies vary depending upon the gender of the individual. Hand embroidery, crochet, knitting, etc. are mostly enjoyed by girls and women. However, activities such as sculpting and carpentry are mostly in men’s domain. Most hobbies are common to both genders such as cooking, art, painting, modelling, dress designing, poetry, story writing, acting, reading, composing, singing, playing musical instruments, collection of coins, stamps, matchboxes, etc. There may be a very minute percentage of persons with absolutely no hobby. Many a time, developing a hobby becomes a person’s profession in the long run.

Craft has been my forte. It has been a passion to create something beautiful with any available material. Creativity always involves imagination. A creative person has keen observation and converts the observation into decorative, practical and useful items. This kind of fabrication is so satisfying because it adds value and a personal touch when one presents gifts to friends and relatives.

Practice makes perfect
Presenting to you some wonderful useful items that one can make using ordinary things found at home.

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1 - Wall Hanging:
Materials required: Different coloured crepe paper, Fevicol, scissors, black chart paper or any fabric for background, white/yellow colour pencil.

2 - Ethnic Penholder:
Materials required: Different coloured old/used raw silk fabric pieces [or fabric from old dresses, dupattas, sarees, etc.] Pieces of zari borders, stones, gold beads, decorative bindis or motifs, coloured zari strings, glitter foam sheets, hot glue gun or fabric glue, scissors.

3 -Fancy Penholder:
Materials required: An old plastic tumbler, jute strings, pieces of satin ribbon, glitter foam sheets, buttons, stones, scissors, hot glue gun, fevicol or fabric glue.

4 - Fancy Headband:
Materials required: An old/used headband, satin ribbon, satin ribbon roses, net fabric pieces, needle and thread, hot glue gun or fabric glue, scissors.

(You can click the download icon below and get the detailed article with description, methods and illustration in PDF format)

- Viola Isaac

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