The new year always feels like the right time to try something, well, new. And with all kinds of research showing that life-long learning is decidedly good for us, trying out an unfamiliar craft or technique is a great way to train our brains, find some fresh inspiration and broaden our creative skill sets.
Need inspiration for that next creative leap? Here are a few kits to get you started.
Learn the art of lovely lettering.
Put the pieces together for your own mosaic masterpiece.
Discover the ways warp and weft work on a handcrafted loom.
Practice simple stitchery with a DIY embroidered tea towel calendar.
Use a set of hand-crafted pigments to experiment with color mixing.
Catch the sun with a stained-glass project you create yourself.
Try your hand at knitting traditional Latvian mittens.
Make 30 batches of different cheeses with this amazing kit.
Pick up a pair of needles and give knitting a try.
Create a miniature living landscape to tend and nurture.
Get a start on next summer’s garden by starting seeds for salad greens.
This make-your-own hamster kit is possibly the cutest way to learn how to needle felt.
Make your own microbrew with a home brewing kit.
With everything you need to make your own hardcover journal, this kit is a great introduction to the book-making arts.
Crewel embroidery is a terrific technique to practice.
Worried about what’s in your favorite soap? Try making your own.
Toy making comes to life in a fun (and funny) pig sewing kit.
A simple loom is a perfect way to make small pieces of fiber art.
Paint in (or out) of the lines with a custom paint-by-number project.
Punch and tool your way to one-of-a-kind leather pieces.
What skills or crafts do you want to try in 2014?