Craft Making Ideas For Adults

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In the ancient Venetian-built port of Chania, on the Greek island of Crete, embroidery is a cottage industry for a very large percentage of the feminine population. Every other shop either sells gorgeous finished cloths of all descriptions or the supplies to create them. This ancient art form is done in the old way by hand, but is also quite well received in the machine embroidery version. There is no right or wrong way. There is only embroidery.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

Gypsy women make their way through the tables at my favorite cafe, plying their wares and selling quite a bit. Much more than most table-to-table vendors do. Their beautiful tablecloths and bedspreads get a good audience, including my own attention as well. While the owner of this little cafe usually runs the begging urchins away (they aren't really in need), even he gets caught up in the moment of admiring the woman's beautiful work. Most of the viewers believe she creates them by hand. As a machine embroiderer and digitizer, I can spot that her loveliness is created by machine. Does it matter? Not in the least!

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

When I see the beautiful creations all around me in this small, but hopping, big city, I almost long for the opportunity to purchase these for my own. Instead, I am busily tucking the visual memories away in my head to bring home with me. What I once longed for, I can now truly create myself in the private setting of my little sewing room. With all of the online suppliers of wonderful machine embroidery designs, I can re-create almost anything that I see downtown. The visual pictures in my head inspire and guide me!

If you don't live in an area that is rich in hand-crafts like Chania, there are still many, many ways to get ideas and become inspired. Magazines, online forums and websites, and the local library are chock-full of delightful information. Discount embroidery designs are widely available, which makes it economical to build your design library! And, with the online community, help is only an email away!

I was a lost little lamb when I got my first embroidery machine. I had never even seen one in action! Once I got started, though, I was hooked! The free embroidery designs I found online made it possible for me to try a wide variety of designs and styles, which fed my new passion quite well!

Do you have an inspiration that you want to try? My upcoming project is to create an embroidered quilt and matching curtains for my current guest room. I will also be creating new slipcovers for the pillows on my couch. When I want to do a bit of embroidery but don't have a lot of time, I will continue to add a design to the hem of a cute denim skirt that I made.

Maybe my denim finery will get some attentions from embroidery lovers on one of my jaunts in Chania! There is something so satisfying about showing off my creations, and if I can get a good cup of cappuccino at the same time, it is a perfect day!

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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