Card­maker show­cases craft for girls

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

‘‘They call it the Cri­cut be­cause when you start us­ing it, you get the bug.’’

Madge Broy­den has taken over the dou­ble garage at­tached to the house for her all-con­sum­ing card and gift-box mak­ing hobby.

The Cri­cut, pro­nounced ‘cricket’, ma­chine sits con­nected to a lap­top on the main work­table.

It’s a com­put­erised cut­ter that can snip out in­tri­cate pre-progammed pat­terns or be­spoke de­signs in card, vinyl, felt and other fab­ric.

‘‘It cuts all the lit­tle bits that could be done by hand, but un­like with a die, you can make the pattern as big or as small as you want. It scales things up and down.’’

Broy­den knows all about ‘the bug’. A few years ago dur­ing an ill­ness, she was in­tro­duced to this new level of craft­ing by her Tau­ranga-based sis­ter Flo Hill-Ren­nie, who is renowned in the card-mak­ing world as the ‘Cri­cut Queen’.

‘‘There’s noth­ing she doesn’t know about the Cri­cut.’’

Broy­den moved hubby Keith out of the garage a cou­ple of years ago. The work­shop is flanked down one side by stor­age cab­i­nets con­tain­ing card stock, punches, dies and colours. There are dis­play ar­eas and work ta­bles along the other walls.

Here’s where she de­signs and pro­duces her in­tri­cate card and vinyl sculp­tures and holds her Madge’s Cre­ations ’’easy peasy’’ card-mak­ing classes.

‘‘I do it be­cause I love craft­ing, and I want to share it with oth­ers.’’

The work­shop is also one of the 20-odd lo­ca­tions for Takaro Rotary’s Girls Sheds tour on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 19.

Hill-Ren­nie will also be in at­ten­dance demon­strat­ing the Cri­cut ma­chine.

‘‘Flo will work the Cri­cut ma­chine all day,’’ Broy­den said.

Takaro Rotary’s Mar­i­lyn O’Hal­lo­ran said the fe­male twist on blokes-in-sheds has proved ex­cep­tion­ally pop­u­lar.

This year’s tour is based on hobby haunts in Palmer­ston North as well as sheds in Roberts Line, Hansens Line, Glen Oroua and Ran­giotu.

The $30 tick­ets for the 9am - 4.30pm ex­cur­sion in­clude lunch and are avail­able in Palmer­ston North from iSite in The Square, Bern­ina on Main St, Cal­tex on Tre­maine Ave, and Ca­pers Cafe on Broad­way.

RICHARD MAYS

Card maker ex­traor­di­naire Madge Broy­den with her Cri­cut ma­chine and some of the items it helps cre­ate.

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