Have Fun Learning to Craft This Year

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When it comes to taking up a hobby there are loads of fun and engaging things you can try that are quite easy and fun to learn.

Have Fun Learning to Craft This Year

When it comes to taking up a hobby there are loads of fun and engaging things you can try that are quite easy and fun to learn. Crafting has long been a traditional hobby, and while it had a few years where it decreased in popularity it is currently enjoying a resurgence - especially in people under the age of 40. The events of 2020 meant that many of us were looking for ways to occupy our unexpected free time, and for people all over the UK this often meant taking up a crafting hobby. 

If you like the sound of being able to make your own products and goods but are not sure which kind of crafting will be right for you, you are in luck! There are many different ways to get involved in crafting even if you have no experience in it whatsoever. This guide will cover some of the most popular crafting hobbies for beginners, and hopefully it will help you make your choice when looking for a new hobby.

Embroidery

Embroidery is a craft which allows you to add decorative stitching to the surface of fabrics, and it is something we have been doing for centuries. Embroidered fabrics are beautiful, and it is a fun and rewarding craft to take up. You do not need a lot of expensive equipment to start embroidery so it is ideal if you want to try something crafty without spending a lot of money.

If you want to give it a try then you will need to get a basic embroidery kit together. Firstly you will need to choose some embroidery needles. These are thicker than standard sewing needles and usually have bigger eyes. You will also need to get yourself a pack of embroidery floss, which is usually 6 ply and is the reason why you will have to choose needles with larger eyes.

Next you should get yourself some non stretchy cotton fabric such as a calico in the colour you prefer, and you will also need embroidery hoops to hold the work, needle threaders, pens or chalk to mark your fabric, and a pattern if you prefer not to try embroidering free hand. You can get all of these things inexpensively in a craft store or online.

Dressmaking

There is something really appealing about being able to make your own clothing for yourself and for friends and family. Whether you want to be able to make simple everyday garments or have your sights on something more ambitious, dressmaking and tailoring are useful skills to have. If you like the sound of being able to make clothing then you might need to plan for some more expensive equipment than the other crafts in this article.

The main expense beginner sewists come up against is the fact that they will need to buy a sewing machine. Sewing machines can cost anywhere from £100 to multiple thousands. IF you are just starting out or want to work on simple projects then a cheaper machine should be more than good enough. You will also need dress patterns, thread, extra bobbins, fabric, scissors, and a few other bits and pieces.

Crochet

While knitting is very popular, crochet has become a close rival and many people who knit and crochet do prefer crochet. Rather than two knitting needles, crocheters use a single hook to produce knots. When worked up in rows, these knots do look very similar to crochet, and anything you can think of that can be knitted can also be crocheted in a similar way.

Crochet is another relatively cheap hobby to take up, and you can find very budget friendly hook sets with the most common hook sizes. Most beginner crocheters will get by very well with hooks in 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, and 10mm. You will also need some yarn, and double knit yarn is great for beginners as it is not so fine that you will lose track of your stitches.

Which crafts will you learn?

These are just some of the most popular crafting hobbies that people are interested in this year, there are other options you might like to try but these will be a great starting point to inspire you.

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Have Fun Learning to Craft This Year

When it comes to taking up a hobby there are loads of fun and engaging things you can try that are quite easy and fun to learn. Crafting has long been a traditional hobby, and while it had a few years where it decreased in popularity it is currently enjoying a resurgence - especially in people under the age of 40. The events of 2020 meant that many of us were looking for ways to occupy our unexpected free time, and for people all over the UK this often meant taking up a crafting hobby. 

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