Weaving could be your next big craft hobby, and provide you with something fascinating to focus on through this winter. A craft gives you the opportunity to learn a new skill, to work with your hands and create something to be proud of that you can give as a gift or use for yourself. As we go into a particularly different, difficult winter, this could be vital for all of us.
Weaving is a craft that can really reward you, but you need to understand what you’re getting into first – picking up a rainbow weaving kit might be the perfect way in for you, or you might want to try a more traditional weaving experience first. Today we’re taking a look at how you can get started and learn to weave,
If you’re interested in really developing your skills – or one of the reasons you enjoy crafting is for the social opportunities it brings you, then taking a weaving class could be a good idea. Look for adult education and community centres – as well as meeting people and being able to get direct instruction from an expert, a class allows you to try out tools and materials that you might not want to commit to buying immediately.
At the moment, in person classes might not be available – and even if they are, you may feel safer not attending – but it’s still worth looking. If it’s expert instruction you’re after, then classes that have moved online could be useful for you, and may even be easier for you to attend than going to the classroom in person.
It sometimes seems that there’s a Youtube video to show you how to do anything, from changing a fuse to breaking up with your partner and craft skills are certainly no exception. From basic tutorials to inspiration for advanced projects, the internet can provide.
It’s certainly convenient, but it may not be the best method for a total beginner. In the absence of formal accreditation, it can be hard to judge if you’re getting good advice from a free online video, and the quest to find an instructor who’s good, clear, and has a manner and style you like can be overwhelming!
In the current moment of social distancing and restrictions, a craft subscription box might be the best way into weaving for you. More and more companies are beginning to offer these products, on a monthly basis or bought individually to suit your needs. Each box comes with everything you need to complete a full project, so you don’t have to worry about finding the right materials and tools as a beginner. They also come with instructions taking you from the first step to the very last so you can develop the skills you need to become a more independent weaver!