If you’re anything like me you simply can’t stick to just the one craft – you want to try them all! From crochet to block printing, jewellery making to cross stitching, I have tried my hand at a lot, I think the term is ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’!
But crafting can be expensive, and when you are just starting out you likely do not want to invest heavily in materials and supplies until you know it is something you love and want to to continue with. Well fear not, there are certainly options to learning new crafts without having to take out a small loan! Here are just some of those options:
Whilst 1-to-1 and workshops are a great way to learn, these can sometime be costly (and quite rightly considering the host is sharing their expertise, supplying resources and refreshments, booking a venue, paying insurance and so on!). But there are many crafters out there sharing their crafts on YouTube – and this was exactly how I learnt the basics to crocheting. Simply search for your craft and include ‘tutorial’, ‘how-to’ phrases within your search. You may find you need to do a lot of pausing and rewinding but the joy of YouTube is you can go at your own pace, pick when and where you craft, and do it all whilst sat in
your PJs with a chocolate milkshake and several snacks the comfort of your own home. A great place to start is The Crafts Channel. Pick a craft where you may already have the materials or can pick up cheaply (charity shops are great for wool and crochet hooks!)
2) Craft Kits
More and more creators are seeing value in supplying full craft kits – so you can learn at home and create a finished piece. You can pick up craft kits at stores such as Hobbycraft and supermarkets – but so many independent crafters sell their own and are well worth a look. I have made my very own ring using The Workbench London kit (which I picked up on offer at the Handmade Fair). I also love the cross-stitch kits from Floss and Mischief (amazing designs and everything you need is included and sourced from the UK!). Subscription kits are great too – you could be crafting monthly with everything you need delivered direct to your door. I can highly recommend The Glittery Hands Box, this was gifted to me last Christmas and not only were the kits great but it was so exciting to receive each month!
3) The Handmade Fair
For the last 4 years I have attended The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace. This is a great place to try something new, and great for inspiration and motivation. The full experience ticket gives you a skills workshop and a grand-make – so already an opportunity to try 2 new crafts. And at just over £30 for the ticket I think it’s great value. But also, whilst browsing through the stalls and shopping tents there are various other opportunities for you to try your hand at something new. Last year I was lucky to attend a free workshop hosted by Mollie Makes where the lovely Becki Clark gave us an introduction into Brush Lettering – I loved it so much I bought a brush pen that day, and will be using it to write my Christmas tags!
What new crafts have you tried lately? Share with us your finished pieces, kits and tutorials using #FloriParkCraft
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