Where Do I Start?

Do you need something joyful to do in today’s stressful times?  If so, I recommend crafting.  Crafting helps me take my mind off troubles. And it also helps me focus on more pleasant things. It might do the same for you. But even if you agree that crafting is an all-around excellent hobby choice there are lots of different crafts from which to choose. Which one is right for you?

Generally, hobbyists are not born with a burning desire to pursue a given craft. Instead, they acquire a hobby from a variety of ways.  A hobby may come from someone close to them, or perhaps a lot of trial and error occurred before they found something they liked. Here are some tips that may help you find a hobby you like.

  • First, think back to your childhood. What did you enjoy or excel at then? Would you like to give something another try?
  • What things do you buy the most? Are you someone who follows the latest fashion trends? If so, why not consider trying knitting or sewing?
  • Do you love scented candles? Maybe you could make your own like one of my college professors does.
  • If you adorn your walls with art, you might try painting.
  • Visit your local craft store. Browse pattern books and project kits. See if anything interests you.  Don’t worry if you’ve never attempted the activity before.  Even if you don’t know anybody who does it, you can find a way.
  • Find out if your community college offers craft courses.  Maybe they will have one that interests you. Fortunately, tuition and fees are usually quite reasonable.  Also, you’ll learn from someone who knows what they are doing.
  • Ask friends and family for crafting suggestions based on their interests. If you are intrigued by one of their hobbies, ask them for help getting started.

Finding something you enjoy is crucial when choosing a hobby. But consider other factors like:

  • Is the hobby of interest affordable? Will it require expensive equipment? Can you rent equipment or use someone else’s?
  • Does the hobby require a lot of space? You may need a place to both store supplies and a place to work. Space requirements vary significantly depending on the craft.  Don’t assume that you’ll be able to make room. Will the hobby inconvenience others?
  • How much time do you have to dedicate to this hobby? Can you schedule around your work schedule in most cases?  Will the time you allocate to this hobby be enough to complete your projects? If not, will you be able to stick with it?

Finding the right craft for you could happen quickly.  Or it could take months of experimenting with different things. Either way, once you find something, you’ll be glad you searched. Crafting provides a sense of accomplishment, not to mention the potential for making stuff to keep or give as gifts!