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Choosing a new craft hobby

Choosing a New Craft Hobby

In today’s stressful times, we all need something to do that we enjoy. It helps take our minds off of our troubles and focus on something more pleasant. Crafting is an excellent hobby choice, but there are lots of different crafts to choose from. How do you know which one is right for you?

Most hobbyists are not born with an instinct to pursue their chosen crafts. They may have learned their hobbies from someone close to them, or they could have gone through a lot of trial and error before they found something they liked. Perhaps they learned to knit from spending weekends at their grandmother’s, or they learned woodburning from summer camp trips. These type of experiences tend to stick with us when we do something we enjoyed doing.

Here are some quick tips to help you find a hobby you can call your own:

** Think back to your childhood. Were there any creative things that you recall and enjoyed doing? If so, why not give them another try? This is the most common and fastest way to think of a hobby. Those summer camp projects, or mother’s day gifts that you made when you were a kid are probably floating around in the back of your mind somewhere.

I can even give you a personal example here, because this is how I found my passion in cross stitching. I did my first cross stitch project when I was 8 years old. It was to earn a Girl Scout badge! My entire troop stitched a christmas goose on red sweatshirts using waste canvas. It was actually a really over-zealous beginner project! I was the first one done, and I helped other girls in the troop finish their projects by showing them how to keep the thread untangled and move along the different lines. I asked my mom to buy me a new project, and it just continued from there! I’m still cross stitching at the age of 30 and I love it!

** Consider the things you buy the most. Do you follow all the latest fashion trends? Consider trying knitting or sewing. You could make your own fashion accessories. Scarves are hot and trendy right now! Do you love scented candles? Maybe you could make your own and experiment with new scents and colors.

** Take a walk around at the local craft store. Browse pattern books and project kits and see if anything strikes your fancy. You can usually find beginner kits and books on just about any subject at the craft shop! If you’re unsure what type of craft you want to try, then pay a visit to a broad subject craft shop like Ben Franklin, Michael’s Crafts, or Jo-Ann’s. If you’re specifically looking for a needlework related project then you may choose to visit a Local Needlework Shop (also referred to as an LNS) in your area. They’ll carry a great selection of needlework projects and the shop owner’s are usually very knowledgeable in the area of needlecrafts so they can help you find a beginner level project that’s right for you.

* See if your local community college or craft store offers any craft courses that interest you. The tuition and fees are usually quite reasonable, and you’ll learn from someone who really knows what he’s doing. Classes like these are a great way to learn new skills for your hobby as well. Most commonly you’ll find quilting and embroidery classes when it comes to needlework categories. General crafts are often offered as beginner courses as well, such as floral arrangements, wreath making, basket weaving, painting, ceramics, etc…

Finding the right craft could happen right away, or it could take months of trying different things. But once you find something that makes you happy, you’ll be glad you took the time to look. Crafting gives you a sense of accomplishment, not to mention lots of nice stuff to keep or give as gifts!

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