Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!
I have seen recently a lot of people starting in the crafting world, asking the same question on social media; “what advice can you give?”
The answer to that question is quite simple, long, but simple. In any craft you start, patience and an open mind are key. Patience, because you are learning something new, and mistakes happen. For example, if you are starting the fantastically addicting world of crochet, you’re rows may not be perfect on your first swatch. Keeping an open mind, when these mistakes happen is important. The number one reason most people quit anything is because they expect too much when just starting out. Don’t expect to start crocheting the most complicated and difficult patterns, because you are merely setting yourself up for failure and a broken heart. When people ask me what a good first project for crochet is, I tell them, a simple swatch. By making that first four inch square, in single crochet, they are able to learn about how their tension for them is. They are also, practicing chaining and working the first stitch everyone should learn.
The other thing I like to tell people asking for advice is to never give up. The hardest part of starting a craft is getting through the first project. I always tell people no matter how horrible that first inch to their swatch looks, keep going. Why? They are able to see their mistakes and work on them. It will also show them that while the swatch is considered the easiest thing in the world to do, it is also the most important thing in the world to learn. Pushing through and finishing it, helps you see what you have made and learn from it. I also tell them to make several swatches before moving on to making something simple like a scarf. The swatch task only takes a couple of hours and it helps give the person confidence for when they move on to other projects.
At any rate, I tell people do not hold off on starting that new craft. Go for it, go all in. You will never regret learning something that is fun and amazing. The only regret you will have is having never tried at all. I always tell people that I wish I had never took the break that I did with crafting. I really feel I would have been much happier and probably would be a lot further along in my wonderful world.
I could never imagine living my life without crafting. I know that some crafts can see quite daunting when you are starting out, but that is so worth it. It is very satisfying to get a craft going and the end result is beyond what you had anticipated. I love trying new crafts and learning as much as I can about them. There are so many different crafts out there that are just screaming for me to learn them.
When you are first starting out, remember that there has to be a level of respect for the crafters that are seasoned. Why? They’re the ones that are going to be teaching you. If you go into a new craft high and mighty, thinking you already know everything, who is going to want to help you when you find out you’re wrong? The issues I have noticed about a lot of social media pages and groups is the lack of respect. I am the first one to tell you that I am not fantastic at certain crafts and I will be the one commenting and asking questions on these pages hoping to learn as much as I can. Most times, the creator of that beautiful project is more than happy to answer any questions I have about how they did that project and usually, a pretty awesome friendship grows from there.
This is why I love the Facebook page, Crochet It Like This so much. The wonderful people on that site are always so happy and so ready to show off and talk about their amazing pieces. I have learned the hard way that giving that respect is mandatory in the crafting world. On this particular page, you won’t have to worry about lack of respect. The people on this page always makes you feel welcome and are always ready to talk crochet.
When you are growing in your craft, research is essential. When I decided I wanted to give knitting a try, I looked up people who were amazing knitters. I found Chandi from Expression Fiber Arts to be an amazing teacher. She has a YouTube channel as well as a website, expressionfiberarts.com and she is always posting amazing patterns and sells absolutely beautiful yarn. I will be honest and say that I have never bought her yarn, I have however, bought many of the patterns on her site and I love them!! If you are joining the world of knitting, feel free to check her out.
With paper crafting, I have already mentioned them amazing ladies before. Feel free to go on to some of my other posts and check them out. It is always inspiring to see what others are creating. It helps me create some of the coolest things.
Remember, crafting is not about work. It is about making something from some basic supplies. It is about relaxation and peace. Keep that in mind as you start out. I know it will be a bit hard to believe in the beginning, but once you get the hang of your craft, you will see what I mean.
Well, I certainly hope you found today’s post to be helpful and inspiring. I also hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did feel free to give this a like or comment below. Thank you for stopping by, feel free to share this site with your friends so they can join the fun as well! Until next time,
Thank you and God Bless!