The New Year often brings with it new beginnings. Crafters are no different. We vow to finish some of our Works in Progress, learn new skills and techniques and make gifts for every birthday. Then life gets in the way. Our days fill up or we just don’t know where to start. Here are a few suggestions.
Join a Craft Group/Guild: Many clubs experience a surge in membership at this time of year and gear their activities to welcome and mentor newcomers. Joining a group can reignite creativity. Spending time with people who have a similar passion can be rewarding. As many groups also offer workshops the opportunity to learn new skills is available.
Visit the Library: Spend an hour or two browsing through the Craft Magazines and Books. Don’t go straight for the topics you usually do. If you knit, have a look through a ceramics magazine, if embroidery is you thing check out the mosaic. While you may not be ready to give up your needles you may find a photo that inspires you to try something new.
Get Online: The internet offers plenty of crafty inspiration. Visiting Craft Blogs can leave you feeling overwhelmed. You love so much but where to start? I recently had a conversation with Linda Simpson from Lilly Cottage. She had so many projects that she wanted to undertake but just couldn’t get started. She joined a Crafting Round Robin being offered on a Blog. Round Robins usually have a theme and a timeframe. Having a framework and deadline was all the inspiration Linda needed. The theme kick started her creativity and has led her to create new designs. The image is courtesy of Linda and features some of her Round Robin Projects Other similar activities offered on blogs are Online Swaps, Challenges and Forums. They are fun and give you a chance to try something new.
If you’d like to see more of Linda’s Designs you can visit Lilly Cottage at Old Petrie Town, Wednesday – Sundays.