Top New Crafts To Try
Being in lockdown can make us feel a range of emotions: sadness, anxiety, boredom but their can still be positive moments as well. One thing that I would recommend is starting a new craft. It may seem a bit daunting to introduce something new into this already uncertain time. However, not only does it make you feel less bored but it can help you to relax and give yourself a sense of achievement. Here are my top five crafts for you to try.
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At number one is upcycling! Pretty much anyone can upcycle; all you need is something old and unwanted, such as old clothes, and anything you can use to convert it into something useful, such as glue, scissors and/or sewing equipment. Another added bonus to upcycling is that it is good for the environment - with climate change and pollution on the rise, it is so important that we use energy and resources wisely!
Macramé is also becoming popular. It involves weaving or tying threads together to make patterns and decorations. We do stock kits, though they are running low. If we stock up, you can also use wool and follow instructions online. I would recommend that you find a tutorial that you like before buying though as certain patterns work best with certain thicknesses of wool or thread.
3: Tunisian Crochet
Tunisian crochet can sort of be described as a mix of knitting and crochet as it uses a hook and the method is similar; however, the hook is longer as it holds more than one stitch as once. As with macramé, there are lots of tutorials available online. Here is a photo of a cushion cover made by Sharon using Tunisian crochet.
4: Needle Felting
Needle felting is when a barbed wire is repeatedly stabbed into a light, fluffy piece of wool to turn it into a felt-like consistency. We sell the wool and needles so you can follow online instructions or alternatively we have moulds, which you fill with the wool and hold in place while you felt so it forms to the specific shape. Once you master the skill you can make a range of figures. Here are a couple that Sharon and I made.
5: Pompom Making
If long projects are not your thing, pompom making is perfect for you. All you need is some wool and stiff cardboard or a pompom maker (I recommend pompom makers, which you can buy through us, as I personally find them a lot easier to work with). If you buy a maker, it has instructions on the back; otherwise, as with the other crafts, tutorials are available online.
Hope this helps and makes time indoors more enjoyable.
Until next time, happy crafting!
My name is Sharon the Sheep, the owner of Avicraft Wool Shop in Bromley Kent..