With the pandemic stretching into it's one-year mark, we're all picking up new hobbies here and there to keep us sane. For many, craft projects have provided a much needed alternative to doom-scrolling while binge watching our favorite shows. If you're looking for something to keep your hands busy, craft projects can be a fulfilling and meditative—and at the end you have something tangible to show for it to share with friends or show off your in your home. Amy Ellsworth, who owns Stitches, an independent craft store located on Seattle's Capitol Hill, shares some of the most popular yarn and thread crafts to keep you busy at home.... more
Making your own mask is an easy sewing project that can be made by hand or with a machine. There’s a variety of styles for every shape of face and so many fabrics to match your personality. It’s a great way to keep safe and show off your style.
For people who don’t consider themselves creative, cross stitch is a great introduction to fiber crafts. The pattern tells you every stitch to make and you end up with a piece of art. Similar to paint by number, but with thread.
If cross stitch has too many rules for you, embroidery is the way to go. It’s inexpensive to get started; you only need the following: thread, needles, scissors, pencil, fabric, imagination and a hoop. You can find inspiration a variety of iron-on patterns and kits to get you going.
Sewing can take your mind to a different place for a few hours. You can exercise patience with yourself, concentration, and fine motor skills. All while creating a bespoke item perfect for you.
Sashiko style visible mending is fun to do, making repairs looks great in a fashionable and sustainable way. Mend your favorite clothes and give them new life.
When people ask me the difference between knitting and crochet, I like to say that knitting is like math and crochet is like sculpture. If rules and structure isn’t our thing, play with a crochet hook and go wild.
There’s nothing like cozying up with some knitting on a cold day. Studies show that knitting keeps your mind sharp, refines your motor skills and bonus – you end up with a wonderfully warm item to wear or give to a loved one.
Punch needle has been gaining lots of popularity over the last year. Basically you use a hollow needle with thread or yarn to punch through a gridded fabric and make a design. Watching the YouTube videos is mesmerizing.
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