There is much more to arts & crafts than just picking a random tutorial, then imitating what you see. Most of the time, you are stuck on the first step of creating your very own craft, that is: deciding on which craft you would want to work on. With various resources from books and the internet, we are given numerous choices on crafts and how to do them. As normal as human beings go, being presented with a lot of choices tends to stump our decision-making skills, but fear not! Let us go through some tips on choosing which craft to work on.
1. Look For a Place to Work
Let’s say you are headed to a dental appointment, but you dread the long wait hours, so you decide to tap into your more creative side. Obviously, you will only have a section of a bench and your lap to work on, so planning to work on a craft that would require large equipment such as a sewing machine would not be advisable. With this, you can cross out such crafts that would require that kind of equipment. As an alternative, you can bring with you simple crocheting materials as it would not require much space.
2. Make Time
If you have a lot of time to work on a craft without fear of being interrupted, you can choose to finally make that dreaded sweater you’ve been beating yourself up about. Otherwise, embroidery would be a perfect option for when you are constantly on-call. Embroidery allows you to leave it, and pick it up and start where you left off with no problems at all.
3. Enjoy What You’re Doing
As simple as this may be, crafts are meant to be something that you would enjoy. If it starts to feel like a job (unless it IS your job), then it might be a good time to take a break. Trying to push yourself to work when you don’t feel like it may cause you to resent that craft and inevitably halt working on it.
If you want something simple to take your mind off things, then you could opt for simpler projects that do not require many materials or thinking.
If you feel fired up, then it may be the best time to work on that one project that you have been slowly making progress on. Sometimes this feeling is the core motivation to get us to finish that one long project.
4. Embrace the gut feeling
Sometimes, this doesn’t even need to be thought out. If you feel a strong attraction towards making something, then by all mean, go for it. Ideally, if you could harness this gut feeling, then choosing which craft to work on should be a breeze. However, it also takes practice to use this feeling, and can only be done through repeated arts & crafts.
Well, there you have it. These 4 simple steps are not the only steps you could follow, as the steps that a person takes would differ from person to person. But these steps could serve as the building block or foundation to you creating your own steps for you to follow.