Needle crafts can be a unique hobby that both decreases stress and is budget friendly. Additionally, as your talents grow, needle craft projects can be created as gifts for friends and family on holidays, birthdays, baby showers and bridal showers or sold at craft fairs for a profit. Getting started is easy and only takes a few steps. Remember that if you have any questions there are plenty of classes, instructional books and people in your area or online that can help with your needle craft needs.
Step 1 – Select a Needle Craft Project
There are different types of needle crafts. You can choose from crochet, knit, embroider or cross-stitch as some of the most popular options. Crochet is the easiest of the choices, and from there many people choose to learn how to knit. Knitting and crocheting both allow you to create beautiful homemade gifts of clothing, accessories or home goods in your free time. While embroidering and cross-stitch are more difficult to learn, they also produce amazing gift ideas such as pillows, monogrammed bedding or clothing and gift boxes.
Step 2 – Pick up a Starter Kit Geared Toward Your Needle Craft Choice
The easiest way to get started with any needle craft is to pick up a starter kit at your local craft store. These will have all of the basic tools and instructions you need to get started. While there are always more things to purchase, such as different size needles for different types of projects, a starter kit will have the basics so you can grasp how to perform your choice of a needlecraft project. The only thing you will need to purchase with a starter kit is thread or yarn.
Step 3 – Join a Class or Find a Friend Who is Doing Needle Crafts
Learning needlecrafts from the instructions in a book is doable – but not always easy. Especially with knitting and crocheting it can be difficult to fully comprehend the correct moves for the needles and yarn without live instruction. Make it easier on yourself by finding a friend or family member that is already involved in needle crafts to teach you. If you want to make a grandmother really happy, ask her to teach you to knit or crochet. She will love passing along her knowledge and you will have wonderful memories of the time you spent together. That’s how I learned so have first-hand knowledge of the joy it can bring to both of you. There are also classes available for little to no cost at the local library or craft store in your area. Another place to look for classes is through the community college in your area.
Step 4 – Fine Tune Your Needle Craft Skills
As you learn each of the different stitches, types of thread/yarn and needles for your needle craft you will be able to fine tune your skills. This will open up a door to a world of amazing crafts than can be created with your own hands. From intricately embroidered pillows or baby blankets to homemade, stylish sweaters and hats; the possibilities with needle crafts are endless. Needle crafts make great gifts, help relieve stress, are a fun and exciting hobby that can connect you to new people and can even be sold for a small profit.