1. What is Crafting

Crafting is a hobby that has been gaining more and more popularity over the years. This is thanks largely in part to crafting being marketed very well by its supporters in the crafting industry.

The crafting industry continues to grow with many innovative crafters coming up with ingenious new crafts every day.

These include things like scrapbooking, painting, knitting, crocheting etc.

The most straightforward definition of crafting is: is the skill of creating or altering objects from raw materials.

Crafting often refers to textile arts, such as needlework and quilting, though it includes a wide range of activities.

Crafting covers a wide range of activities, including textile arts like sewing and quilting, as well as more traditional crafts such as carving wood or pottery.

As crafting has evolved over time, new crafting trends have emerged from older ones.

For example, while knitting was once at the forefront of crafting, crafting has evolved over time to include a wider variety of activities, such as needlework and quilting.

2. Types of Crafting Activities

Basket Weaving

Basket weaving is a crafting technique that produces containers or trays from natural materials like grasses and vines.

Beading

Beading is the crafting of beads into jewelry, such as necklaces or bracelets.

Beads come in many materials and shapes.

There are three basic types of beads:

  1. Glass
  2. Plastic
  3. Natural (mined).

Each has its own unique properties.

Glass crafting is one of the oldest crafts still practiced today. It's inexpensive and easy to shape into any desired form, though it can be brittle and break easily if not cared for properly.

Plastic crafting is a faster, more affordable way to create beautiful objects from color-coded beads that snap together with as little as two crimps on each end. Plastic crafting also requires no special tools outside some wire cutters or heavy-duty scissors.

Natural crafting allows crafters easy access to a wide variety of natural materials ranging from shells and pearls to wood.

The crafting process is long and requires special tools, but there are many beautiful finished products that can be crafted without any crafting skill.

Candle Making

There are many crafting techniques but the one I like crafting the best would be candle making.

My favorite holiday as a child was always Christmas. One way we would spend time together was by crafting some of my favorite things to make at home, starting with crafting our own candles and braiding pine wreaths.

Crafting our own wreath or candles became rituals for me because they were so meaningful to me when I was young that crafting them as an adult evoked feelings of nostalgia and family unity!

Today's modern technology has allowed us to reimagine what crafting such traditional crafts means by using timers, drones, websites and apps that will have you crafting your next DIY project in record time! Even if you want a more

Clay Work

Clay crafting refers to the crafting of various items from clay. Clay crafting can range from creating a single piece, like pottery or ceramics, to crafting as part of a larger project such as home décor.

Ceramic sculpture is one type of clay crafting that has been practiced throughout history in places like Ancient Greece and China.

The term "clay work" is used for both vessels (pottery) and sculptural pieces, but can also refer to other aspects of craftsmanship, such as garden urns featuring hand-worked forms over time-fired cones.

Common types of clay that are crafted include porcelain varieties (from higher-temperature clays), stoneware and high-fire clays, and earthenware clays (from lower-temperature clays).

In crafting clay, many people make the clay crafting mistake of not putting enough water in their clay crafting recipes.

Dyeing Textiles

Textile crafting is an age-old crafting technique that makes use of natural ingredients to color fabrics.  

Ceramics

Ceramics is the crafting of hand-made pottery or clay items (pottery, porcelain, jewelry, sculpture). Traditional ceramic crafting involves boiling materials such as clay in water.

Clay crafting can also involve pressing molds with a variety of objects and then leaving them to dry before firing.

Drawing

Drawing is a form of visual art, which is basically the creation of images that are drawn in either black and white or color.

Drawings often reproduce somebody's thoughts or memories.

Jewelry making

Jewelry crafting is the process of creating jewelry or decorative items, such as pendants.

Most pieces of jewelry are crafted from semi-precious and precious metals, stone, bone, and shell.

Jewel crafting requires a specialized set of tools in order to manipulate these materials into beautiful finished products.

Knitting & Crocheting

Knitting is an ancient crafting technique that links loops of material together, which creates a knitted fabric.

Crochet

Crochet crafting is the process of creating attractive or practical objects using yarn in differing stitch patterns. Crocheting can be used on its own to make beautiful pieces or it may just be an additional embellishment to other crafting techniques.

The difference between knitting and crocheting is that they make different type of fabric.

Knitting vs Crochet

Knitting creates knitted fabric where the loops are joined together. Crochet crafting is made using loops of yarn, but it does not form any shape without additional crafting done around it to keep them in place - this might be at the edges or at points along with the piece like granny squares or half-double crochet shells.

Crocheting generally uses larger pieces of yarn than knit crafting, which means that crafters need to be concerned with substituting balls frequently as they work on their crafting projects.

When learning how to do crafting I found was helpful for me to quickly find beginner resources such as videos showing my favorite crafts and free tutorials

Leatherwork

Leather crafting is the crafting of items out of leather.

This crafting technique utilizes many different skills to create aesthetically pleasing and practical finished products that are quite varied in appearance.

Needlework

Needle crafting is the crafting of articles made from thread or yarn.

It is done with a needle that passes through pieces of fabric to create either clothing or decoration items, such as carpets and quilts.

Painting

Painting is the crafting technique of using paints and solvents to produce artwork and designs on materials such as canvas, wood, paper, and metal.

Paintings can be either abstract or representational.

The paint is usually applied with a brush though other painting techniques include throwing a net over objects such as butterflies for use in creating patterns or crafting with runny colors.

Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is the crafting of a scrapbook. The crafting process begins with making a scrapbook from a marked piece of paper before crafting pictures and important memorabilia into it in order to create an album that will be valuable for generations to come.

Sewing

Sewing is a crafting technique that has been an important part of crafting for centuries.

The basic stitches are hand sewing, hemming, and machine sewing.

You can sew by hand using needles or you can use a needle sewing machine to economize production, applying the fabric to be pierced with small metal pins called bobbins and guided by a vertically standing heavy kapok-cotton sewing thread over two horizontal spools that are fitted loosely around them on their frames.

Sewing is so popular because it is possible to create many different looks and ideas depending on the fabrics which you use, your skill level as they sewer, what type of machine/sewing techniques you choose, and how much time you spend crafting! 🙂

3. How to get started crafting

Some of the best ways for beginners to get started crafting is by watching some videos on crafting techniques. It can also be helpful to look at tutorials.

If you're looking to get started with crafting, here are the best ways to start - and remember, dip your toe in and see how you like it first 🙂

Start by checking out:

  1. Crafting videos
  2. Beginner crafting tutorials
  3. Getting the crafting supplies I need
  4. Finding inspiration for crafting projects
  5. Learning how to use any crafting technique I might want to try out
  6. Making lists of what type of materials I would like to craft with, and what types of crafts might be interesting for me or my friends/family members
  7. Joining a local crafting community (to meet other crafters) or follow some crafting accounts on social media (so that you can stay creative and have ideas for your next project)
  8. Learning what crafting techniques I might want to try out

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