Time to get crafty...
Welcome to the first of our series of articles exploring hobbies and interests all of us can try locally…
Arts and crafts have experienced something of a revival in recent years, with TV programmes such as The Great British Sewing Bee inspiring makers to try new things and hone their skills.
If you’re just getting into crafts, firstly take the time to look online for classes and tutorials to build up your confidence – it’s so much easier if there’s someone there to guide you, even if that is on a computer screen.
There’s also whole host of blogs offering advice and inspiration for beginners – and more experienced crafters – including the popular Hobbycraft blog: blog.hobbycraft.co.uk
Start things slowly and don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t knit a jumper instantly! Celebrate your successes and keep projects manageable, and use kits to help you get into the craft you're interested in – they’re easy and have everything you need to make a project, so you don’t have to invest in any extra materials.
Aim to create a dedicated craft space in your home – you can craft on your kitchen table, but it’s incredibly frustrating if you get halfway through a make or project and have to cut it short to clear the table for dinner!
Going to local arts and crafts fairs are a fantastic way to meet others who are into crafting, as you may find people who enjoy the same crafts as you but express it in a completely different way. It also gives you the chance to find out where they shop for supplies and who/what inspired their ideas. Keep an eye on our What’s On pages and Facebook page for details of local arts groups and events.
Once you’ve got your crafting confidence, try joining a local group or taking part in workshops where you can really step up your skills and make your hobby something sociable to enjoy, such as Sew Creative in Petersfield, which offers workshops in a wide range of crafts, from felt making to screen printing.
For more ideas and inspiration, check out the Crafts Council website: www.craftscouncil.org.uk