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About Encyclopedia Newbica[edit | edit source]

Encyclopedia Newbica is designed to be a community where artists and craftspeople share their knowledge with people who desire to learn new skills. Our goal is to provide a place to allow the teaching of skills with minimal assumptions about what the reader already knows. As such, we have this wiki, a YouTube Channel, a Facebook Group, and a Discord Server.

Finally, we do have an F.A.Q. Please feel free to comment with additional questions.

Skill Levels[edit | edit source]

That Looks Interesting
This skill level indicates that you are just picking up a skill and assumes that you know nothing about the craft. We cover the very basics.
I'm Starting to Catch On
You have gathered most of the skills needed to make an item. This encompasses the skills needed to make basic items.
I Did a Thing
You are building your confidence and are ready to try making Items with more complexity to them. Items are beginning to require multiple skills.
I'm Keeping Up With The Crowd
You know how to make the thing and you can likely do it without having to look back into the previous skill levels. You could probably assist in teaching a class.
I Can Do It With My Eyes Closed
Congratulations! You know what you are doing! You can start from scratch and make the thing without needing help. You could probably teach a class.

Crafts and Skills[edit | edit source]

If you can throw it through a window, it's a craft. ~unknown

Textiles[edit | edit source]

  • Sewing
Using needle and thread.
  • Spinning
Using a spinning or twisting motion to create various cords.
Using a drop spindle(spinning rod and weight) to create a cord.
Using a bowl to support a drop spindle to make a cord.
Using a device with a large wheel to create a cord.
  • Weaving
Using a support structure to make cloth.
Sprang is an ancient method of constructing fabric that has a natural elasticity. Its appearance is similar to netting, but unlike netting sprang is constructed entirely from warp threads. Archaeological evidence indicates that sprang predates knitting; the two needlework forms bear a visible resemblance and serve similar functions but require different production techniques.[1]
Advanced Inkle Weaving
  • Yarncraft
Making cloth type items without a support structure
Using a hooked rod to loop a spun material with itself to create a cloth.
Using multiple rods to loop a spun material with itself to create a cloth.
Using a bulky needle to loop a spun material with itself to create a cloth. Commonly seen in Nordic countries.
  • Felting
Manually matting fibers to make a cloth-like fabric.
compressing dry raw fibers to create a fabric
Compressing wet raw fibers to create a fabric
  • Embroidery
using needle and thread to decorate cloth
  • Knotted Goods
Using knots to make a meshlike item

Chandlery[edit | edit source]

The practice of making candles, soaps, lotions, salves, herbal oils, etc. evolved into a general goods merchant.

A chandlery was originally the office in a wealthy medieval household responsible for wax and candles, but by the 18th century, most commercial chandlers dealt in candles, oils, soap, and even paint.[2] Over time, a Chandler went from someone who made candles, to a person who provided general goods, and finally to someone who provided ships goods.

A flammable core covered with wax or solid fats to provide light
Fats and Lye combined to make a cleaning agent
Wax or resin combined with pigments. usually used for creating tamper-proof seals on envelopes or showing the authenticity of a document.

Cooking[edit | edit source]

Various ways to turn raw ingredients into culinary masterpieces.

Cordmaking[edit | edit source]

Making non-textile or primitive strings, cords, and ropes.

Leatherworking[edit | edit source]

Metalworking[edit | edit source]

Pottery[edit | edit source]

Woodworking[edit | edit source]

Performing Arts[edit | edit source]

Art is how we decorate space, music is how we decorate time. ~Jean-Michel Basquiat

These categories require nothing more than imagination to create and are fleeting in time.

Moving your body, usually to music, in a certain pattern
Using an instrument to make sounds that are pleasing to the ear
Spoken words that do not normally have accompanying music
Using your voice to create sounds that are pleasing to the ear
Creating a poem or story to accompany music

Repairing[edit | edit source]

Trying to Make Things Good as New
Repairing Fiber Goods Repairing Wooden Goods
Repairing Metal Goods Repairing Clay Goods
Repairing Leather Goods

Discussions[edit | edit source]

Saved Discussions on Various Topics
Textile Discussions Wood Discussions
Metal Discussions Clay Discussions
Leather Discussions Cooking Discussions

Research[edit | edit source]

Saved Discussions on Various Topics
Resource listing

References[edit | edit source]

1. Article on Sprang - Wikipedia