Crafting for Beginners | Finding a Hobby To Enjoy

Crafting has seemingly been around forever, but now more than ever, these creative outlets have taken on new importance in people's lives. Here are some resources that will help you get started on a craft. 

Since we first posted this list of sites, it has become even more clear that having a mindful hobby is essential during times of stress and uncertainty. Having something to focus on beyond the many worries of the world offers multiple benefits. For those looking for a place to get started, here are some favorite resources.

Ikea Hackers is the source for turning ordinary items into extraordinary pieces. Founded in 2006, the site is filled with lots of inspiration for even the newest crafter and has all sorts of tricks for personalizing Ikea purchases. Some are as easy as applying paint, while others offer sophisticated overhauls of a purchase to create something brand new. This resource is sure to get creative juices flowing.

Craft Gossip has been around since 2007. Founders Shellie Wilson and Vikram Goyal have created a site where all content is curated, picked and edited by their team. It covers all aspects of crafting with different sections for needlecrafts, paper crafts, glass and jewelry. Crafters can also sign up for their daily newsletter.

Cindy Hopper is the blogger behind Skip to my Lou, a resource dedicated to all sorts of crafts, many of which are family-friendly. There are also lifestyle ideas for decorating and entertaining. Check out the "Celebrate" section for ways to make each day seem like a holiday.

Interested in crafting with a Cricut machine? Looking for more inspiration? Look no further than Jennifer Maker. With an emphasis on connecting to one's creative side, the site also features projects and advice on how to get the most out of this new machine. Projects for vinyl  and fabric, as well as paper, are offered.

Avid knitters or crocheters might already be familiar with Ravelry and the community they have nurtured for fiber artists since 2007. Filled with patterns and advice on those knotty problems that can arise, this platform has a dedicated community of knitters, crocheters, and fiber artists of all levels. This is a good place to turn to if you're intereted in crafting, but unsure where to start.

Needlepointers have a great resource with Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure. Since 2006, this invaluable blog has been culling the best of what's happening in the world of needlepoint with an occasional foray into embroidery. Sign up for Jane Wood's daily newsletter for a world of inspiration.

No discussion on maker culture can be complete without mentioning Martha Stewart, who helped transform the modern crafting movement and continues to feature great ideas about making all things on her website. Whether it's crafting with paper, paint, fabric, or thread, Martha has tips and tricks to make it doable with professional results. 

For even more inspiration consider thediyday, thecraftygentleman, The Crafted Sparrow, The Crafty Angels, and Crafty Chica. And if you are looking for book suggestions, we recently reviewed The Art of Calligraphy Letters: Creative Lettering for Beginners by Laura Toffaletti (Mango), Collage Your Life: Techniques, Prompts, and Inspiration for Creative Self-Expression and Visual Storytelling by Melanie Mowinski (Storey), Quick Crochet: No-Fuss Patterns for Colorful Scarves, Blankets, Bags and More by Kate Rowell (Page Street), Ultimate Illustrated Guide to Sewing Clothes: A Complete Course on Making Clothing for Fit and Fashion by Joi Mahon (Landauer), and Knit 2 Socks in 1: Discover the Easy Magic of Turning One Long Sock into a Pair! by Safiyyah Talley (Storey). For more, see modern takes on the art of crafting

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