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If you haven't decided on your New Year's resolutions yet, why not take up a new craft? Whether it's something you've wanted to try for ages but haven't had the time to do, or a brand new skill that's caught your eye recently, embracing a new challenge is a great way to see in the New Year. Here, we give you our round-up of trending crafts to get stuck into...
Shibori is a Japanese dyeing technique where fabric is folded, wrapped or stitched to create a dye resist, resulting in some amazing patterns. There are an array of projects you can make with shibori cloth, from beautiful quilts to unique garments and more – the choice is yours!
Weaving is a wonderfully beginner-friendly craft: it's relatively inexpensive, easy to get to grips with and fun! You'll need a few basic supplies, including a weaving loom (or you can make your own from cardboard), a tapestry needle, different shades of yarn and a pattern (or just go with the flow!). It's a great craft for mindfulness, so if you're looking for something you can do while snuggled up on the sofa and watching TV, this is a great craft to take up!
Clay is a wonderful medium to work with, so it's no wonder many who take up the craft become completely hooked! There's quite a lot to know before you begin, so you may want to try some local pottery classes to get a taste for it before you invest in equipment. Then, it's time to get creative with beautiful pottery!.
The great thing about candle making is that's it's relatively easy and pretty much foolproof, plus they make great gifts. You'll need a few basic supplies to get going – soy wax, fragrances and colours, a heatproof pan, candle moulds and wicks. To make a simple candle, heat the wax over a bain marie, then add fragrances and colours of your choice. Attach the wick to the bottom of your container with a little molten wax, then pour the wax into your container, using a pair of chopsticks to keep the wick standing. Leave to cool and you'll have a beautiful homemade candle!
Embroidery is a really relaxing outlet and a craft you can do on-the-go, so it's ideal for soothing busy brains. You'll need a basic beginner's kit to get started – including embroidery hoops, fabric, needles and possibly some templates. The great thing about embroidery is, once you get to grips with a few basic stitches you can create designs of whatever you like!
Calligraphy and hand lettering are having a bit of a moment, and after seeing the creativity that emerged from bullet journalling these trends look here to stay. Best of all, it can be a super simple carft to take up – all you'll need is some high quality marker pens and paper! Whether you choose to create wall art or decorate journal pages, this craft has heaps of applications, making it super versatile.
Yes, really! Arm knitting is a recent trend whereby your arms literally replace the needles – it might make you look slightly ridiculous if you have to answer the door, but it'll be worth it for some of the stunning creations you can make. It has a lot of similarities with regular knitting, so it's great if you're looking for something slightly different but don't have a lot of time to learn lots of new techniques.