We all know the Hygge trend’s here to stay a while. Hooray! Feeling cosy, calm and comfortable suits us down to the carpet. But it’s also about the enjoyment of life’s simple pleasures. And with a new year underway, what a perfect time to pick up a hobby.
There’s a passion for craft around at the moment, especially one’s home-grown in the UK. So let’s get making! You can find great guides online as well as loads of local craft groups around too. If you want to give it a go, dive in. If you’re a lover rather than a crafter, try supporting some great British artisans by visiting exhibitions and buying local crafts where you can.
Embroider with attitude
Embroidery is the blanket term for all kinds of decorative needlework with fabric – cross-stitch, needlepoint, crewel and more. So depending on your experience – and confidence – you can start as simply as suits you. And don’t be put off by the stereotypical Jane Austen-era image of needlework. Check out what contemporary artists have been up to with yarn and thread; creating stunning detail and subversive pieces in equal measure. Once you’ve got the hang of it, have fun making anything from arty ideas to practical pieces and gifts.
Knit one, want one
You don’t need a rocking chair of grandkids to be a knitter. Today, it’s hip to knit. Even if you’re making classic items like cushions and scarves, you can add a contemporary twist to the design – adding a hyper colour can transform a traditional style. Again, it’s all about imagination. Tackle the skill, then apply it to anything your mind fancies. If you can think it, you can knit it. (Probably!)
Say it with calligraphy
If you love words, then calligraphy’s a great way to show them off. Get the basic supplies, then it’s all about practice. (And the focus it takes is similar to the mindfulness practice that the colouring book craze invoked.) In no time at all you’ll be crafting homemade cards, gorgeous gift tags and more with aplomb.
If you think of calligraphy as having a one-style black inked look, you’re probably thinking of the classic Copperplate style. It’s the perfect grounding for ‘modern calligraphy’ – a fresh, freer take that encourages and enables you to take on your own unique style. But a (written) work of warning, watch out for friends and family who’ll soon be requesting you to craft their wedding invites, cards and more!
Let your inner artist free with anything from lino-cut to screen printing. There are plenty of classes around to get you started and a raft of inspiration about. We love the fact you can print on to fabric as well as paper (well we would, wouldn’t we?!) But it does mean you can turn your printed ideas into even more – cushions, curtains, t-shirts, tea-towels and more.
Whether it’s with ink or yarn, nibs or needles, give crafting a go. You never know what talent you may have. At worst, you’ll have fun and a mindful task to keep you smiling. At best, you’ll have fun and an array of amazing objects, ideas and gifts all created by you. So go on, get stuck in!