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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

National Craft Month! Learn a New Craft Tips

It is National Craft and Crochet Month!  If you have been wanting to learn a new craft or try crafting for the first time, consider getting started this month. During this month, different groups help promote all types of crafts and encourage us to be more creative. Most craft stores offer sales, which will help you keep the cost low.

There are several things you need to do before getting started.

Pick your craft
Do not just say you want to learn a new craft just because. Try it out because you really want to. Do you have a use for it? Is there something you have been wanting to make? Do you want to learn because your grandmother can teach you and its good bonding time? For instance, you want to learn to crochet because that way you will be able to make an adorable stuffed animal you really like. Finding something that really interest's you is important when learning something new. You don't want to start something you will never finish because you got bored. 

Find the time 
Finding the time to start something new can sometimes be a problem because most of us have a lot going on already. Most crafts can be included in your schedule no matter if you have 10 minutes or an hour. Look at your schedule. You will be surprised to find that you may have a couple of minutes in between things where you can include your new hobby. For example when you take your kids to dance lessons or soccer practice, while you’re in the car (if you’re not the one driving of course), while traveling on planes, trains, etc, while cooking, or watching TV with kids or after finishing homework. Make a plan! Set some time everyday to work on it. 

Do some Research!
Sometimes not having the right materials can make your learning experience miserable. Doing research beforehand can help prevent many headaches. Make a list of the essential tools you will need. There will be many options for you to choose from in most cases so get what fits your budget and only get what you really need to start out. You will not want to spend a lot of money only to find that you really do not want to continue the craft and now you have extra things you never even used. Next would be to search for some videos. You can find tons of videos online on so many different crafts. Take the time to look through a couple and see if you think you will enjoy the craft. Do not be discouraged if it looks too hard because it is always going to be a little difficult at the beginning. Just remember practice makes perfect! is a great resource. There are many classes on there from true professionals. All the teachers have years of experience in their craft and they are there to help you with any problems you have and the classes never expire so you can take as long as you need to complete a course. They also provide you with projects for you to practice the craft. Even though Craftsy offers free mini classes for you to try, most of their classes are not. However, they have sales all the time and you can get classes for as low as $9.99. 

Find your Motivation
Find a beginner project for you to try once you get the technique down. There are tons of free patterns out there for you to try. Remember to check and make sure it is a beginner pattern, that way there are less chances that you will have problems with it. Look through more advance projects and set goals. Work your way to the point where you can actually make the advance pattern. 

Get Started!
Once you have everything you need get started! Like I said before do not get discouraged if it is not perfect at the beginning. Keep practicing! Have fun while you learn. If you are getting irritated, stop and try again another day. There is no point in continuing if you are not enjoying it. 
I love crafts and crocheting is one of my favorite so I have decided to do a lot of crocheting this month (which I do every other month so it’s really no different).
Here are my goals:

1. Finish my Entrelac Baby Blanket
2. Finish my Broomstick Lace Scarf

3. Make 10 Freshstitches Patterns I haven't made before

4. Make Mom's birthday present. Her birthday is March 25th so I need to get started!

I am really happy I actually accomplished all my goals from last month so hopefully this month I'll do the same.

I also want to add a couple more items to my shop

Sunday I listed this adorable leprechaun and he is only $30 this week(shipping not included). He will make a great gift for St.Patrick's Day! 

1 comment:

  1. Only you can make a leprechaun cute. So true about crafting. I think everyone needs to craft. It's the new yoga.


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