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
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
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! Craftsy.com
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.
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
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.
Sunday I listed this adorable leprechaun and
he is only $30 this week(shipping not included). He will make a great gift for