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Choosing a Craft

If you are new to the creative world it can be daunting trying to find a creative hobby that suits you and your lifestyle. Before you get started, here are a few  things to consider that might narrow down your possible options. 

Cost

You should carefully consider your budget before taking up a creative activity. Some hobbies can be expensive so start with shorter term projects that you can easily budget for. If you are new to the craft you should try practising with scrap materials around the house first before you go out and spend your hard earned money on something that may never get used.

Availability of materials

Sometimes you can get carried away with projects and not think about what you might need to complete it. Plan ahead and make sure all the materials you need are available and within your budget, or shop around to find the best deals. Find your local creative shop in our business search.

Purpose 

One of the most important things to consider is why you want to take up a creative hobby. To fill time? Relieve stress? To start your own creative business?

Whatever your reason, make sure that you enjoy whichever craft you decide on. 

Time and Space

It's up to you how much time and space you want to dedicate to your hobby, but if you are looking to turn your hobby into a career you will obviously need a lot more time and space dedicated to your craft than if you just want to pick it up at the weekends. Think about whether the amount of time and space you have is realistic for the hobby you want to take up.

If you're knitting a project, do you have the patience to slowly work on it until it is completed or will you find it frustrating to see it progress so slowly? Try to participate in a craft which will help you to relax and have fun.

Get Inspired

If you still can't decide on the right craft for you, why not attend some local workshops or craft fairs to get some inspiration. Or chat to your local creative retailer who will happily give you advice and point you in the right direction. Click here to find your nearest shop.