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New Skills for a New Year

Jan 3, 2014

by Stephanie Madewell handmade and vintage goods

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?


  • Tafaf

    Tefnut from TetraSeedBeads said 6 years ago

    Certainly food for thought, I think I'll indulge myself in a hobby for 2014. Weaving or embroidery seems like a great start. All work and no play, you know what they say! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    I have so many ideas for a new product line this year! Can't wait to get started!!!

  • gardenjewels

    Julie DeGroot from JewelsInTheGarden said 6 years ago

    I love experimenting with different crafts, these are such wonderful ideas! Thank you for sharing, have a creative New Year!

  • WomanShopsWorld

    Carter Seibels Singh from WomanShopsWorld said 6 years ago

    Oh, the choices! How does one find enough hours in the day? A new year is a perfect time to try something new. I love the Brew your Own Beer kit. And the loom. And the soap-making kit.... Thanks for sharing so many enticing finds!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 6 years ago

    I love learning new creative things. In fact I've done at least half of these suggestions at one time or another! I'm taking up embroidery again this year, since I enjoy some handwork while I watch tv for a couple of hours in the evenings. I also received the ukulele I asked for, for Christmas, and I'm taking breaks from my painting and home chores to practice on that a few times a day. It's good to have hobbies and interests outside your main occupation, I think! If only there were more hours in the day for everything I'd like to do :)

  • msb37

    Susan from DesignsbyMSusan said 6 years ago

    Crewel embroidery is now on my list of MUST tries! I am in love with the many textures those stitches can achieve.

  • mlpc92

    mlpc92 from AwwwThatsCute said 6 years ago

    All of these ideas are inspiring!! It's relaxing to me to sew by hand - or sit in front of a box of colored pencils and just draw....There are so many fun things to do - where do you start.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Great project ideas! Wonderful kits!

  • kathyscraftroom55

    Kathylee from kathyscraftroom55 said 6 years ago

    I love trying new crafts!! I already know how to Crewel, which is fun. Need to try water painting. Love all the craft kits shown. :o)

  • kathyscraftroom55

    Kathylee from kathyscraftroom55 said 6 years ago

    I mean water color painting. hehehe :o)

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby said 6 years ago

    Great Project Ideas - Don't Know Just Where To Begin.. Thanks for sharing.

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    Elizabeth from ABreathOfFrenchAir said 6 years ago

    I would love to learn how to make cheese! Thanks for the choices in DIY!

  • FiftyFourTenStudio

    Mary Lee from FiftyFourTenStudio said 6 years ago

    Lovely ideas! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • squidbrains

    Jillian Altmeyer from Squidbrains said 6 years ago

    There are a ton of cute and great ideas in here! I've always wanted to learn how to needle felt. :D

  • TheGlowingSkin

    TheGlowingSkin from TheGlowingSkin said 6 years ago

    Oh, so much to do, so little time! Seriously someone say it aloud,- the photography makes it so enticing and making you want to do it, but in reality, it much more messier and harder. Post some pictures of people actually doing the crafts. But cool post and photos.

  • DesignerPillowShop

    Samantha from DesignerPillowShop said 6 years ago

    Love these ideas! I have a "travelers loom" which is a small floor loom (about half the size of a normal weaving loom). If I could only find the time to string it up... I'd have scarves and blankets galore! :)

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 6 years ago

    Great project ideas! my new hobby , sewing shoes :) i hope i can :)

  • Justfaithjewelry

    Justfaithjewelry from Justfaithjewelry said 6 years ago

    Great Ideas !!! My inspiration is flowing for the New Year !!! Happy New Year Everyone !!!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    Great idea. Wonderful choices!

  • thedelhistore

    thedelhistore from theDelhiStore said 6 years ago

    Love all the ideas! I love gardening so this year i plan to make few terrariums.

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez from rebeccasanchez said 6 years ago

    Great suggestions!

  • gboliver

    Gail Oliver from AttentionGetting said 6 years ago

    What great kits. I would love to try the crewel embroidery.

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 6 years ago

    Beautiful, creative and very inspiring ideas. Thank you for sharing

  • expressyourself

    Natalia Snemis from expressyourself said 6 years ago

    Such a great idea!

  • natalya1905

    Natalya from natalya1905 said 6 years ago

    Wonderful collection of inspiring ideas! Cheese making kit is definitely something to think about. :)

  • theresatron

    theresatron from TheMonstersLounge said 6 years ago

    OH WOW! There are just so many skills I used to think were off limits that you can get your hands into now! I'm so happy to be alive :-D

  • sachiedesign

    Suwachi from WoodenPencilCo said 6 years ago

    I bought needle craft kit a year ago and it is still sitting in my closet...I need to start this!! thanks for the reminder!

  • boonwoodLV

    Klik Klak Blocks from KlikKlakBlocks said 6 years ago

    GREAT ideas for diy crafts! Esp. lovely Latvian mittens! Greetings from Latvia to Latvian Etsians :)

  • TheFigLeaf

    TheFigLeaf from TheFigLeaf said 6 years ago

    So neat! I like the idea of trying the cheese or maybe the cute little pig!

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel from bylynnkrestel said 6 years ago

    Inspiring!! Would love to try soap making...!

  • gertieloo88

    Mary from WoodenHeartButtons said 6 years ago

    Craft kits are a fantastic way to let your creative spirit roam without too much of an initial investment. They are particularly suited for gifting as well. I have found, (and fallen in love with) many hobbies this way. Great selections!

  • peacesofindigo

    Dawanna Young from peacesofindigo said 6 years ago

    SO many fantastic choices! I love the embroidery sets.

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth from seasidecloth said 6 years ago

    More great information. Where can I sign up for more hours in the day? Happy New Year.

  • misschristiana

    Christiana Odum from YarnDarlin said 6 years ago

    It all looks so fun!!!

  • CraftyWoolFelt

    Claudia from CraftyWoolFelt said 6 years ago

    Love DIY ♥

  • VintageBeachBaby

    VintageBeachBaby from VintageBeachBaby said 6 years ago

    Great ideas!

  • Aristocrafts

    Aristocrafts from Aristocrafts said 6 years ago

    Fantastic ideas and kits! It's so great to see the creativity that wonders outthere :)! I have so many new product ideas all the time, I just need more hours in the day :)!

  • paperroses352

    marylin kaufman from Seconchancesart said 6 years ago

    I may be the best artist in the world, a lot would agree. But it keeps me from going insane...

  • peaseblossomstudio

    Caroline from AnchorRoad said 6 years ago

    Every New Year's I tell myself THIS will be the year I conquer knitting. Still trying!

  • FieldsOfVintage

    Fields Of Vintage from FieldsOfVintage said 6 years ago

    so many choices of ideas. Great Blog post. Thanks

  • callunamuse

    Heather from CallunaMuse said 6 years ago

    Fun stuff! Creatively speaking, it's always good to try out new/different things. Inspiration comes from all sorts of things! That picture is super adorable too!

  • amberthreads

    Amber Threads from amberthreads said 6 years ago

    Super inspiring! Always been wanting to try weaving and felting. Great blog post!

  • amberthreads

    Amber Threads from amberthreads said 6 years ago

    Now can someone blog about finding a few extra hours, I'll even take minutes, in the day!

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle from ACupOfSparkle said 6 years ago

    This gives me great ideas and one of my new years resolutions is to learn something new! Thanks for sharing.

  • KathrynWarren2

    Kathryn Warren from HailTiger said 6 years ago

    I love this blog post. I just started doing embroidery with my illustrations and am loving it. Needle felting is next!

  • MuffyandTrudy

    LeAnne Steiner from MuffyandTrudy said 6 years ago

    That leather crafting set has me drooling. I just got a torch for Christmas for my next adventure in metal smithing. :0)

  • outtoplease

    Jennifer Nease from ModernCountryShop said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing...Love trying new crafts!

  • JanJat

    Catherine from JanJat said 6 years ago

    So many fabulous ideas! Typical of me I want to try almost all of them but perhaps I should stick to the New Years resolution of focusing and only choose a couple...well, maybe :) Thanks for the great post!

  • vinylclockwork

    Scott from vinylclockwork said 6 years ago

    very cool products thanks for the post

  • StillVintage

    StillVintage from StillVintage said 6 years ago

    Very interesting! I am partial to weaving with the loom.

  • bpdmso

    Mary from MarySanzJewelry said 6 years ago

    Great ideas, wonderful choices, Thank for sharing!

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio said 6 years ago

    how fun... always up for learning a new skill.

  • WriteOp

    Mel Zuydgeest from StunwithFun said 6 years ago

    Funny, I was just out to find roving wool to learn to do some felting, but I can't find any anywhere for now. They all seem to be out and expect new collections in, in a few days....Can't wait to do and learn something new.

  • PruAtelier

    Jeanne B from PruAtelier said 6 years ago

    There are some great choices for beginning artistes there....too bad I could never do the lettering that I so love as I am left-handed and well....let's talk smearing through everything I have so artfully written!

  • PruAtelier

    Jeanne B from PruAtelier said 6 years ago

    So that leaves for me, cheesemaking - YUM, soap-making, needle felting, and the journal-making looks wonderful too!

  • maggiesjewelry

    Maggie S. from maggiesjewelry said 6 years ago

    I have to agree -- I think I will get back into my knitting. It's so textured and cathartic to count and stitch. Plus it's a chilly winter, maybe playing with yarn will soothe my cold body :)

  • 8point8

    8point8 from ThinkEco2 said 6 years ago

    Fabulous ideas! I love the cheese making kit.

  • MagpieQuilts

    Ann from MagpieQuilts said 6 years ago

    Kits are a great way to learn something new! Great feature!

  • MeadowlandDesigns

    Catherine Sorensen from MeadowlandDesigns said 6 years ago

    To be always learning is a tradition in my family; the thirst for knowledge is ever present. I'll be carrying over a skill from last year, sewing skirts, & taking on the bigger goal of a dress along with learning the ins & outs of aromatherapy. Here's to not only learning & sharing new skills but to passing them on to the coming generations! ~ Catherine

  • Tortoiseland

    TortoiseLand from TortoiseLand said 6 years ago

    The homemade watercolors kit look amazing, but they are sold out ;-(

  • PrimaryRedux

    Jenny Jo from PetChickenRanch said 6 years ago

    I haven't begun something new, but in reading this blog post today I realize that for me it's all about Revisit-Refine-Reopen. Last year I went back into my sewing skills I learned from quilting through my mom and created my own patterns to make stuffed animals, specifically chickens. And in the last couple weeks I have just started an Instagram account which has gotten me back into my Flickr site. And I am researching the Esty blog for product development and Business advice. I have renamed my #2 etsy shop and basically reopened with a new product. I still have a ways to go with product branding, refining my shop look, and expanding my product line, but I realized that I need to put stuff out there when I have it and not wait till everything is perfect. So its all small steps but I am just now seeing that it is coming together and I am energized and excited about it all.

  • PlainAndSimpleQuilts

    Amy from HomespunSpools said 6 years ago

    Cut projects ! Love the piggy :)

  • lauraprilltoo

    Laura Prill from lauraprilltoo said 6 years ago

    A captivating post! I am not surprised that many here would like to try it all... Me too:) I am impressed with the kind of thinking seller that supplies everything in a DIY kit... The perfect combination of creativity and practicality!

  • illuminativeharvest

    Jennifer Presler from IlluminativeHarvest said 6 years ago

    Great ideas!

  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares said 6 years ago

    I really want to learn how to knit. Making my own scarf, hat and mittens would be so much fun.

  • hmmills

    Helen Mills from 1820BagCo said 6 years ago

    Oh my, reading this article makes me want to learn something new....the weaving kit looks awesome. I am inspired, off to sew a new bag....

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique from RetroRevivalBoutique said 6 years ago

    Ooh, I wanna try all of these! ...but that's a tad overzealous...maybe I'll just try my hand at knitting, and see how far I get with that... :)

  • mettaville

    Guatyen Koh from Mettaville said 6 years ago

    They are all so lovely! This year I plan on taking sewing classes, and learning to cook new recipes.

  • paddypicasso

    Paddy Picasso from PaddyPicasso said 6 years ago

    I would also recommend checking out your local college or school for the new term of night classes. Many have short term art +creative subjects and also business marketing and I.T based courses which would be of benefit to etsy type crafters. This year I plan to do Digital media marketing and maybe a pottery or oil painting class but they are on the same evening. Decisions decisions!!

  • jewelflip

    Chrysalet from Chrysalet said 6 years ago

    I would love to get into embroidery, this is a great list of crafts I would love to try my hand at :)

  • MalihaTaylorInspired

    Cheryl Britton from PillowLoftHomeDecor said 6 years ago

    LOVE IT!

  • MalihaTaylorInspired

    Cheryl Britton from PillowLoftHomeDecor said 6 years ago

    LOVE IT!!!

  • MalihaTaylorInspired

    Cheryl Britton from PillowLoftHomeDecor said 6 years ago

    LOVE IT!!!!

  • CreativeCastle

    Evonne from CuppaStitches said 6 years ago

    Those hamsters are so cute! I crochet but I would like to learn to knit. Maybe I'll try to learn how this year. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • kimonomomo

    kimonomomo from kimonomomo said 6 years ago

    Sashiko (Japanese quilting) kits are some of my best selling items.

  • PinwheelStudio

    Whitney from PinwheelStudio said 6 years ago

    I love that embroidery is making a comeback! One of my personal favorites! Also, this might be the year I learn to weave or knit - who knows!

  • nivesratkajec

    Nives R W from PotsbyNives said 6 years ago

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  • anklamike

    Mike Ibarra from Sterlingsilverrings said 6 years ago

    Wow! Just wonderful! All is so awesome!

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 6 years ago

    Inspiring and fun topic. Improving my handwriting has been on my mind lately . Maybe something like calligraphy would be fun ~ Lots of shops here on etsy offer terrific supplies.

  • KodeeCreations

    Belinda from MarciandMe said 6 years ago

    Bookmarking this so that I can try these in 2014. What a great idea!

  • katherinedooren

    katherine Lenz from 214EVER said 6 years ago


  • jax71896

    Jackie E. from NorthernCottageGifts said 6 years ago

    Loved this article! I think needle felting would be first on my list. Thanks for sharing these great ideas! Blessings from Alaska, Jackie

  • greylittlemouse

    greylittlemouse from ToysAndHomeDecor said 6 years ago

    thank you for such an inspiring article!

  • tiffhui2

    Tiffany Hui from SweetPeaDolls said 6 years ago

    Really enjoyed the article! We took up needle felting last year and we're really happy we did. It's such a fun opportunity to be able started to make pieces and have an etsy shop. We would recommend it to anyone, the great thing about needle felting is the fact that you can be so creative, there's an endless list of possibilities as to what you can make! We wish all of you a wonderful 2014, and best of luck with your particular craft! Sweet Pea Dolls

  • HandKnitHugs

    Heather from HandKnitHugs said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring!! :)

  • littlecarol1960

    carol young from carolsweetreasures said 6 years ago

    Oooooo, I am practically shivering with anticipation! Me luv me some crafty kits!!!! Thanks for the great ideas...

  • papernickle

    Brandy from BrandyCupcakesStudio said 6 years ago

    Raku firing, tatting, chair caning, soap making and basic shoe making are all on my list of new skills to aquire this year. I want to be as self sufficient as possible, so when the zombie apocalypse happens, I'll be ready.

  • StudioDR

    Ducky Rubin from StudioDjewelry said 6 years ago

    WOW!!! I have lots of skills and master many arts and crafts. For proof, see my 3 shops :) The one skill I really needed to lern is: how to market my products, how to list an item on Etsy using improved SEO. I hope I learned something in 2013. If not, I will certainly do so on 2014!!!

  • Fiume

    Erin O'Rourke from Aruguletta said 6 years ago

    I'd like to try batik. I think my mom used to do it in the 60s or 70s.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    At least half of those crafts I've dabbled in at one time or another, sometimes just once to try & some things I've done for years. Kits are a great way to try out a new craft. If you decide never to do it again then you haven't lost much, but it just might lead you to your lifelong passion & possibly even towards taking the step away from corporate living & enabling you to live a self-employed life! One little kit can change your life!

  • LedaDesign

    Leda Design from LedaDesign said 6 years ago

    Wonderful ideas! Love it!

  • ModernFibre

    ModernFibre from ModernFibre said 6 years ago

    An inspiring post, for sure. I would like to try book binding to start then soap making. All of the kits featured are just gorgeously put together.

  • charlenesbags

    Charlene Owens from charlenesembroidery said 6 years ago

    Some great ideas of things I always wanted to try.

  • aschwer

    Dilly Pad from DillyPad said 6 years ago

    So much inspiration! I might try my hand with the loom, or making cheese. Thank you for the wonderful ideas!

  • theEmersonian

    Levi Emerson from theEmersonian said 6 years ago

    I get so overwhelmed by wanting to try everything!!

  • deekish

    Deeksha Lakshmi from TheColorWagon said 6 years ago

    Beautiful!! I would love to learn Crewel this year.

  • TealAndMagenta

    aSma from TealAndMagenta said 6 years ago

    Amazing! Very useful and inspiring!

  • ClassicMemories

    ClassicMemories from ClassicMemories said 6 years ago

    Such talented folks here. Those felted Hamsters are so cute. Amazing choices and so nice to read about.

  • jamasters

    Jess Masters from RefinedRock said 6 years ago

    Ugh-I want to try them ALL!! Hee hee

  • LittleGussy

    Kasia B from ShesGUtSSY said 6 years ago

    What a great round up of hobby kits! Definitely food for thought

  • admspeicher
  • SenoritaJoya

    Dorottya from SenoritaJoya said 6 years ago

    Lovely ideas!!! <3

  • justcravats

    Heather from justcravats said 6 years ago

    Seriously adorable and fun looking ideas...those hamsters are adorable!

  • normaharrell

    Norma from CultOfChiffon said 6 years ago

    Tea towel embroidery…yes please! Great ideas :-)

  • Ciaffi

    ciaffi from ciaffi said 6 years ago

    Fantastic!! Wonderful selection!! :-) :-)

  • anklamike

    Mike Ibarra from Sterlingsilverrings said 6 years ago

    This is Amazing!!! Wow!

  • PinesVintageClothing

    Pine from GoodOldVintageOnline said 6 years ago

    Great ideas! I am definitely feeling the creative bug. Back problems have kept me from standing in front of my easel but I have been thinking about taking up needle point. If that doesn't work out I suppose I can try painting from my lap, if Frida Kahlo could make it work maybe I can too! :)

  • jesswaveshello

    Jessica from PlushKingdom said 6 years ago

    Oooh, can I do them all?! Maybe I'll teach myself how to do embroidery... Like everyone else, I'm recently obsessed with sassy embroidered messages in cute hoops.

  • erikareboucas

    Erika Reboucas from littlebigtopstudio said 6 years ago

    What a great post. Thanks for sharing! I've always been very flighty and would like to try them all.

  • hattielucille

    Hattie Lucille from HattieLucille said 6 years ago

    My favorite is the bug berrarium kit. I'm new to Etsy, and I just discovered how helpful and interesting Etsy's blog is. Thanks Etsy!

  • SomeLoveItVintage

    Sara from SomeLoveItVintage said 6 years ago

    I've always wanted to needlepoint my family's Christmas stockings..... Names and all. Maybe I'll start now for this coming Christmas.

  • LittleChinaDollK

    Katherine from DazzleDream said 6 years ago

    That little piggy is so cute!

  • studiotwenty

    Monique from needlegoods said 6 years ago

    Nice post! I love learning and experimenting :)

  • jsalgado101

    jenny salgado from jsalgado101 said 6 years ago

    Love it ..your post is really awesome ..........cuts thru the chase .

  • ImagesClipArt

    Crystal Gillis from ImagesClipArt said 6 years ago

    Thank you for this wonderful collection!

  • NadezhdaE

    Nadezhda from VENDecor said 6 years ago

    Wonderful kits!

  • FyreflyHollow

    Liz-n-Dan from FyreflyHollow said 6 years ago

    Going to try wire-wrapping and button making this year! Love all those kits, especially the stained glass! :) Happy New Craft Year!

  • fantasiabridalveils

    kathy johnson from DIYBridalSupplies said 6 years ago

    I would love to try some of these new ideas this year!

  • messinabella

    messinabella from BandBEstate said 6 years ago

    great kits, thank you!

  • tamilopez

    Tami Lopez from TamiLopezDesigns said 6 years ago

    I was just talking to a woman yesterday about hand-crafts and we were wondering about their survival. I shared with her about Etsy and it made me remember that Etsy is not just about buying and selling things....I believe part of what you do is promote hand-crafts and traditional ways of making things. This is a great feature. I am really proud to be part of this community!

  • schultz147

    Lillian Schultz said 6 years ago

    I would like to become adept at jewelry making and embroidery. I have some tools, but need to learn more.

  • literarybird

    Mary Elizabeth from owlsongvintage said 6 years ago

    Super blog post!

  • Maeg8

    Maegan Heise from UndertheStars8 said 6 years ago

    Great post and great ideas! I have a skill I want to learn this year, too

  • Liakious

    Lia from VintageMePlease said 6 years ago

    Super ideas!!!

  • BeadingTimes

    Zeynep from ZeyJewel said 6 years ago

    Lovely ideas!

  • Themissingtagvintage

    Caroline and Brandon Matey from TheMissingTagVintage said 6 years ago

    My new thing is hand embroidery! Wow there are some other awesome things here Id love to lear as well!

  • lapisbeach

    Lauren from lapisbeach said 6 years ago

    Love these DIY's!! I had a calligraphy book when I was younger and practiced practiced - completely obsessed & couldnt have enough tips :) Fun fun!

  • jbeaudet

    Jennifer Beaudet from JBeaudetStudios said 6 years ago

    This makes me want to make something...well...besides my paintings:)

  • JessMadeThis

    Jessica from JessMadeThis said 6 years ago

    So many great crafty ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  • ThePurloinedSweater

    Dana Attwood from ThePurloinedSweater said 6 years ago

    Always looking for something new, thanks for the suggestions...

  • beachbabyblues

    Susan Wagner from beachbabyblues said 6 years ago

    ~ So many great ideas ~ So inspirational ~ I have so many ideas already of things I want to create ~ NOW, I just need more time ~ Then I would have time to sew and do embroidery again, on top of distressing furniture ~ It would be great to try so many of these KITS ! So many wonderful choices on Etsy ~ Thanks for the article ~ * ~ I really like the idea of giving some of these KITS, to youngsters and get them started on a creative path as early as possible !

  • minnana

    Anna Abramovich from Artanabra said 6 years ago

    Great tips :) Thanks!

  • ralucagonciar

    Raluca Gonciar from RALOOLAND said 6 years ago

    Amazing ideas! Thanks!

  • bebymarcy

    Marcy Langworthy from ManhattanHippy said 6 years ago

    So many great ideas! I've always been curious about crewel, I have so many beautiful vintage pieces on my wall, now I'm inspired to make my own! Also, I desperately want to learn to sew more than a button so I can start on all my reconstruction projects! HAPPY 2014 everyone!

  • WeddingLab

    SSW from WeddingLab said 6 years ago

    I have done and tried most and love each of the skills - so much to do so little time - but I am determent take up weaving again. Thanks for this article and HAPPY 2014 to everyone! :)

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 6 years ago

    I love all of these wonderful kits - so inspiring!

  • LittleSpud

    Emily from RoliePoly said 6 years ago

    So many wonderful ideas to try and others I have had the pleasure of doing. This is a fun article and of course, I want to do many of these: the cheese, make my own hamster... everything is gorgeously displayed. Great pictures.

  • mlpc92

    mlpc92 from AwwwThatsCute said 6 years ago

    `*~ Also - for me, just walking into Michael's, Joann's or any of the craft stores is inspiring! I walk in and stop - take a deep breath and smell the fragrances --- LOL my kids and husband just say - oh no, we're going to be here awhile...when I do that....but hey, whatever gets you going. :)

  • InspirationPrintable

    Elizabeth Young from PrintableMotivation said 6 years ago

    This is so much fun! I love the inspiration :-) My mom creates the most beautiful mosaic pieces. I might have to try that out this year :-)

  • isewcute

    June from isewcute said 6 years ago

    There is no joy like creating something unique with your very own hands! Love the sampling of diy projects featured here. You know there are even more hidden gems on etsy to nurture the creativity in everyone.

  • MyCraftyCloset

    Amanda from MandaleighHOME said 6 years ago

    I'd try just about any of these! The weaving loom is so neat! Where to begin....

  • Powerofflower

    Lorena Balea-Raitz from LorenasInkDesigns said 6 years ago

    Great finds! Thanks for sharing!

  • ZIPPERjewelry

    Phuong Quynh from SakuraZIPPERjewelry said 6 years ago

    Amazing article! It comes with a lots ideas for crafting KIT. Will work on KIT area, maybe KIT listing will exist in my shop someday.

  • houseofmark

    Salpie and Karena from HouseOfMark said 6 years ago

    Lovely ideas! Thanks!

  • lmouer

    Lynsey from lmouer said 6 years ago

    Love all of these projects! Especially the stained glass! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  • JennasRedRhino

    Jennifer Boaro from TheCatBall said 6 years ago

    If a kit can teach a new skill, I need one for cooking.

  • TreasuredMemoryLane

    Sujata from TreasuredMemoryLane said 6 years ago

    What great ideas and finds. ! Embroidered tea towels took me back in time when I used to do tons of stitchery and embroidery for my home.

  • JanetR

    Janet from JanetR said 6 years ago

    Great ideas! Like that they can be purchased in kits.

  • TheLaMone

    May P. from TheLaMone said 6 years ago

    I love everything Thank you for your post.

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 6 years ago

    Great post!

  • cayegirl

    Veronika Jo from DigginRasta said 6 years ago

    Thank you for an inspiring and motivating article! Actually I do have a list of what I want to learn this year - making watercolors, making soap and candles that have my very own style, beading for sure - have already started with that one already and you will soon see the result in my Etsy store :)

  • thanyaa25

    Phinit Lee from Munkongshop said 6 years ago

    My dream I want to sew doll fabric . I'm interesting in it very much. So thank you for your ideas.

  • hellome

    April from hellome said 6 years ago

    Some of these are really cute!

  • torysvic

    Vic Torys from GiveMe5ive said 6 years ago

    Wow! I love it! ♥

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 6 years ago

    LOVE Latvian mittens.

  • blissfulthinkin

    Sister Butterfly from MyButterflySister said 6 years ago

    So many talented people on Etsy!

  • BonnetsBagsTreasures

    Lisa Marie Renee Jane from BonnetsBagsTreasures said 6 years ago

    I love trying new crafts. I have had a few on my mind to try lately. I guess it is time to stop thinking about and just do it. Thanks for the push. Sincerely Lisa Marie

  • nevawenzel1

    Neva Wenzel from NevaCrafts said 6 years ago

    I want to master a few things and I am always trying new things. Reading this has made me want to try something I do not like to do. I always enjoy etsy team and I really enjoy shopping on etsy. Such beautiful items out there.

  • CryPTicMe

    Cindy said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the fabulous ideas. I love making things - whether it's knitting or baking or anything creative at all. Love these kits!

  • hallodribums

    i things nice here from hallodribums said 6 years ago

    stitching is definitely the new knitting! ... well you can´t wear the hoops though ... ( :

  • sofisticata

    Hirjalda Mobley from sofisticata said 6 years ago

    WOW! Love all the choices! Thank you for sharing this fabulous ideas!! My husband and I are cheese lovers, so I think we'll try the cheese kit! ;) And I also like the color mixing! and the seeds for salads, and... everything!!!! All are so creative in their own way!!!

  • JacyDesign

    JacyDesign from JacyDesign said 6 years ago

    Thank you! There are some amazing choices. Stretch, grow, create! Have an amazing, creative day/night! Peace, Harmony and Happiness to all!

  • MimaFarms

    Sarahfina Moore from MimaFarmsBeeBalm said 6 years ago

    Wonderful ideas, thanks for sharing! I love how being crafty keeps the mind sharp and puts an appreciation for something new in the heart. Cheers 2014!

  • Snapdragon13

    Nina Shope from SnapdragonOriginals said 6 years ago

    So fun!!!

  • Dogdohr

    Joanne Dohr from Dogdohr said 6 years ago

    Love these ideas

  • mn9157

    Marisol N from MarisolNCreations said 6 years ago

    Great kit ideas. Would love to try them all.

  • beachseacrafts

    Marilyn from beachseacrafts said 6 years ago

    always looking for a new idea, beach theme of course.

  • margier8

    Margie Roberts from BlueJewelAvenue said 6 years ago

    love it. my g-ma use to do this type of work.

  • EyeKnit4Ewe

    C.N. Cain from MyHandknitHabitat said 6 years ago

    Knit your own Dr Who scarf at MyHandknitHabitat!

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 5 years ago

    great ideas~

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