Prior to the new year I love to sit back and think about all the things I tried, enjoyed, and want to pursue in the year to come. Throughout 2021 I did a lot of embroidery (because how could I not?) and I also had the opportunity to dive more into garment sewing, dyeing, woodworking, plant care and propagation, baking, and some home décor ideas. I will admit, not all of these were an unprecedented success. When you try new things, they can sometimes turn out terrible - especially when you don't have a kit or follow the instructions...but that can also be half the fun! Overall it was a fun experience of DIY trial and error and I can't wait to do more of it in 2022.
Here's a few DIYs that I'm hoping to try:
Yes, I'm still enamored with stained glass. It's one of those crafts that feels very daunting to get into (to me), and something that I would need a lot of stuff to actually get started... Maybe I'm over thinking it too much. Either way, I love this crescent moon pattern by GlassRockArts and that StainedGlassDIY also offers a complete beginner kit to get you started.
Sticking with the vein of needle arts, I've been interested to give needle felting a try. Seems somewhat similar to embroidery but with more free form stabbing. I've been told by friends it's really fun/relaxing. And these cactus kits by BenzieDesign are super cute. They have a Desert Rose Cactus Kit, a Prickly Pear Cactus Kit, and a Peach Mojave Cactus Kit- I mean how could I say no to needle felted cacti? Plus, I also spotted this adorable felted dog planter kit by MakeAFriend.
Another fabric craft I've started dabbling in this year has been fabric collage. I created a beginner-friendly Plants + Shapes Applique Embroidery Kit and would also love to dive more into this art form. These landscape kits by DottyTextiles look like so much fun!
While definitely more of a sunny day activity (there's snow here right now), cyanotyping is an easy way to transfer designs onto paper or fabric. Ever since getting a cyanotype bandana from my friend Paige at PonderosaCreative, I've been wanting to give this a try. These stencils by DIYcyanotypeKit make the design process easy.
Speaking of adding designs to fabric, block printing is also on my list. I dabbled in a little block printing in college and loved carving the blocks by hand. I would love to find the time to get back into this craft and possibly block print some fabrics too. These block printing stamps by TexturesFactory are a great way to get started.
If you know me, you know I love plants. We have over 50 in our upstairs living room and I'm always trying to figure out how I can squeeze in a few more. This hanging plant propagation station by SwallowtailFlower would be perfect for just that.
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