Kelly Rand, director of Hello Craft & a writer for both Crafting a Green World & DCist.com, is back with another post for her regular series on the Guest Blog called From the Desk of Kelly Rand. Recent post include this one & this one.
As the season turns and the leaves change I find myself wanting nothing more than to curl up on the couch with a warm blanket and catch up on my Netflix and Hulu queue. It is the ultimate in comfort and helps make the transition of the season a little bit easier.
I also find this time perfect for crafting. It’s a great way to catch up on the pile up of projects that have been sitting all summer or time well spent in getting a good head start on holiday gifts. But what settling in and trying a new craft?
You might be an expert knitter or killer silk screener, but have you ever wanted to try book making or needle felting? Dabbling in a new craft and learning a new skill can help stretch your creative muscles and make your main hobby even stronger.
Usually when trying a new craft, there’s an impulse to go out and get all of the different materials and shiny tools that are required for the new process. It can be a down right expensive endeavor, especially if the new craft leaves you cold.
That’s why how-to kits are especially amazing. They provide you with all the materials and tools needed to make a one off project. You can have the luxury of trying a new and shiny craft without the long term commitment. So here are some choice indie how-to projects to get your juices going and your hands busy on those warm blanket, tv watching days.
- Book making kit from Green Chair Press
- Cup glove kit from Glue and Glitter
- Drop spindle kit from Knitgrrl Studio
- Mitten kit from Liberty Fibers
- Potholder kit from DaddySygnet
- Mary Jane Christmas Stocking Pattern from Sew Lola
- Needle felting kits from Fancy Tiger