For many, the New Year is a great opportunity for change. As it relates to crafts, many of us may be thinking about changing the way we approach crafting or taking on a new craft. I found myself facilitating a craft intervention for my sisters who decided that they were very interested in beading. (think: bracelets, earrings and necklaces). They quickly fell in love with the collection of glass, crystal and wood beads on display at the local craft store. I shared the following advice with my sisters which you might find helpful:
Take it one project at a time: If you are interested in taking up a new craft, consider taking a class where you will finish one project by the end of the class. Very often these classes offer all the tools you need to complete a project. Take one, two or more classes to figure out if your interest is more of a passing fad or a new passion.
Start Small: Consider buying the minimal amount of tools and supplies to complete one project (using that Sunday newspaper coupon, of course!). You may find that you aren’t overwhelmed with having too much “stuff.” You may also find that you will have the satisfying feeling of using up your stuff/stash each time you complete a project. Loving your new craft? Head to the store to restock one project at a time.
Seek advice: Seek further advice on your chosen craft from other fellow crafters. You will often find craft communities in Mom groups, church networks and even your local craft store. You may even be surprised to learn that there is a blog out there about your new craft. Get information on the best tools (and tools to avoid), time commitment and average investment. Getting these questions answered will help you grow your own craft thoughtfully.
I hope that this advice leaves you feeling less overwhelmed and more at ease with taking up a new craft. In the end, if you decide that the particular craft isn’t for you, then you haven’t invested a ton of cash and you can feel less guilty (or not guilty at all) about moving on to something new.
Take care and be crafty!