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Quickie Question: What’s Your Crafting Soundtrack?

By Twistie

Daphne Oram photo via Boing Boing where you can read about her.

I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy listening to music while I craft… when I’m  not watching TV while crafting. Yeah, I watch too much TV.

But when I turn the Tv off, I still want to toss my bobbins. That’s when I put on some music. And when I do that, I have a strong tendency to haul out my classical collection. Mozart, Rossini, Verdi… all my favorite operatic composers. Mozart and Rossini are probably my faves for lacing to, though. It’s that precision that does it for me. It really seems to go well with lace.

Sometimes, though, I turn to my collection of souped-up folk music of the British Isles. Yeah, add an electric guitar to an old Scottish folk song and I’m just mush in your hands. So out comes the Steeleye Span, Silly Wizard, and Jethro Tull’s most folk-influenced period. Songs From the Wood and Heavy Horses are in constant rotation while I lace.

So what about you? Do you listen to music while you do your chosen craft? Or does your equipment drown it out? Do you prefer the sounds of nature or (to quote Paul Simon) the sounds of silence while you work?

What’s your soundtrack?

5 Responses to “Quickie Question: What’s Your Crafting Soundtrack?”

  1. Sarah F Says:

    Music makes me want to get up and move, which is not productive whilst knitting, sewing, or embroidering. So I tend to put on a movie I can not-watch and quote along with while I work. Star Wars is a good one for that; so are some of the earlier Jane Austen adaptations (those I have committed to memory) and Indiana Jones. But really, anything I am familiar enough with I can listen to it without having to pay attention to plot details.

  2. Margot Silk Forrest Says:

    Either I listen to a book on CD — preferably a mystery — or if I’m doing non-intense work, I “watch” an episode of Lie to Me, or some British TV series on Netflix Instant.

  3. ZaftigWendy Says:

    I watch TV while knitting, crocheting, tatting, or spinning, but I put on music while sewing. It varies from Country to Classic Rock to Baroque, and almost everything in-between.

  4. Suze Says:

    TV is my usual accompaniment. I took up knitting to keep my hands busy while I’m watching TV (otherwise I end up biting my nails! LOL). If it’s something that takes a bit more concentration, I might have some music on, but I’m more likely to have something on TV that I don’t care that much about, just to have something going in the background.

  5. Margo Anderson Says:

    I like Vivaldi and Bach for very precise work. I also like the same folk/rock music as Twistie does, and Middle Eastern music is fun because I can bellydance along to it while I’m doing standing up work like cutting fabric. Audio books are my favorites, though. is worth every penny. If only I hadn’t broken my Ipod… When I get a new one, my first project is going to be a very secure carrying case with a non-slip lining, so it doesn’t fall out when I bend over.

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