New Year New Craft

With the new year comes New Year resolutions. Resolutions can range from heading to the gym, travelling or, our personal favourite, starting a new craft.

Starting a new craft is definitely on my new year resolution list along with finishing all my WIPs (Although I may not stick to that one!) Although daunting, starting a new craft is easier than you think and we are about to make it even easier with a handy round up of craft techniques for beginners to get you on your way.

Cross Stitch

Cross stitch is so versatile: not only can you create impressive samplers and pictures, you can also use it to embellish and customise clothing, bags, accessories, and even other craft projects. Once you know how to cross stitch, you’ll be able to work with any chart you choose! Cross Stitch is an easy craft to learn and once you start, you won’t stop!

Download your copy of Cross Stitch For Beginners where you will learn:

  • How to follow charts
  • Work with different fabrics
  • Master basic techniques
  • Discover essential techniques
  • Stitch three beautiful designs

Once you have mastered the basic cross stitch techniques and completed a few small charts you can start to delve into learning French Knots, finding out which workstand is right for you and how to mount and frame your work. Browse our full range of cross stitch techniques here.

Embroidery

There are many different variations of embroidery you can learn. From basic embroidery to blackwork, chicken scratch to redwork. It may seem like a daunting craft to learn but once you have mastered some of the basic stitches you will on your way to creating beautiful works of art.

Browse our full stitch library on Youtube which has 34 stitches for you to try. These simple tutorials are easy to follow and master. Stitches you will learn include, Seed stitch, Blanket stitch, Feather stitch and more.

Take a look at our full range of embroidery techniques here and then head on over to SewandSo to browse our full range of embroidery kits such as the Contemporary Puffin from Hawthorn Handmade which is great for beginners, the Blackwork Sunflower from Bothy Threads and freestyle your stitches using our zendoodle kits such as the Majestic Swan.

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Sewing

Sewing covers a wide variety of specialities including dress making, hand sewing and using a sewing machine. You can get started in the wonderful world of sewing with some simple beginner projects. None of these projects require a sewing machine and can be completed with minimal sewing essentials.

Once you are fully versed in the basic techniques of sewing you may want to think about getting a sewing machine to move onto larger projects. Buying a sewing machine can be a minefield. Luckily, we have a free Sewing Machine Buyers Guide which will help point you in the right direction.

We have a whole host of free sewing projects for you to try from A-Line skirts to pencil cases and even what to do with those extra scraps of fabric.

Quilting

Quilting is so much fun. You can make beginners quilts quickly and easily and then when you have mastered the basics move onto more advanced techniques such as foundation paper piecing. When you start to explore the world of quilting you will see a lot of terminology that may baffle you. Such as, what are Layer cakes, Jelly Rolls and charm packs? You may also wonder what are the essential tools you will need for quilting and what are the tips and techniques you need to get started.  Luckily we have some great blog posts with fantastic quilting techniques so you will have everything you need to start quilting.

The trick is to start small. Start with something simple such as a patchwork dishcloth and then move on to more complex, larger projects.

Take a look at our full range of quilting tips for beginners and free quilting projects and make quilting your new craft to learn this year.

Knitting

Having just taken up knitting myself, I have been quite overwhelmed with the different stitches, casting on methods, yarn types and abbreviations that come with learning the craft. We have a FREE eBook which will teach you all of this as well as how to increase and decrease stitches, casting off, the different fibres and textures you can knit with and the difference in US and metric needle sizes. It will also teach you the most important part, how to read a knitting pattern. If you don’t know how to do this, looking at a knitting pattern can look like you are reading a foreign language.

Once you’ve had a good look through all this information and you feel ready to give knitting a go, head over to our free knitting patterns section on our blog for some easy knitting patterns for beginners such as a knitted slouch hat, a beaded scarf and knitted hat and mittens for a baby.

 

Crochet

Crochet-for-beginners-web-231x300We love crochet because once you’ve mastered the basics you can make all manner of projects quickly and simply including toys, hats, scarves and blankets. Crochet is satisfying, relaxing and, dare we say it, even a bit therapeutic.

 

Inside this free eBook, Crochet Stitches for Beginners, you will find a step by step guide to the basic crochet stitches for beginners, including how to hold and use your crochet hooks, chain stitch, double and treble crochet, and how to place crochet stitches. You’ll also find a library of 9 easy crochet stitches for beginners, including some really useful textured stitches that you can use to add interest to your makes.

Soon, you’ll be creating some amazing crochet projects such as a colourful crochet lampshade, granny squares and a baby blanket.

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Will you be starting a new craft this year? Let us know by commenting below. Got any questions or need advice? Just give us a shout, we’d be happy to help.

 

 

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