Right now crafting is seeing a serious revival, as more and more people return to the idea of using their hands as a creative outlet. Perhaps this makes sense. With a world so entrenched in the digital, people are turning back toward the crafts that allow them to unplug and unwind.
With platforms like Etsy giving artisans the opportunity to demonstrate how age-old techniques can be given a modern twist, there’s a rebirth of sorts when it comes to traditional crafts. Hand embroidery, stenciling, and macramé are just some of the old school techniques that have suddenly become the cool crafts to master. And the nice thing is, many of them are quite easy to learn.
So, if you are thinking that you’d like to start crafting, take a look at some of the cool crafts that are seeing their popularity skyrocket. Many require just a few tools to get started and DIY kits are readily available to take you through the initial learning stages. Then, once you feel comfortable, you can let your imagination run free and start experimenting with your craft of choice.
Here are 7 traditional crafts that have gone from old-school to cool in recent years.
You don’t need a lot of fancy tools to get started with hand embroidery. And if the craft gives you flashbacks to monogrammed towels and napkins, you are missing out on the creative fun that hand embroidery provides. There are all sorts of techniques you can try, from cross-stitch to thread painting to punch needle embroidery, and tons of great embroidery kits to help you get started on your journey. Before you know it, you’ll be making your own embroidery patterns and stitching everything from pillows to patches.
Want to get started? Discover stylish supplies and cute kits perfect for starting embroidery.
This versatile craft can be used in many ways and is the technique of choice for both street artists and master crafters. An easy entry into art for those intimidated by drawing and painting, creatives young and old will find many uses for stencils. Stationery, pottery, or fabric are just some of the surfaces one can decorate when creating art projects with stencils.
Want to learn more? Check out our guide on how to make your own stencils (+ thousands of free ready-to-use downloads).
If you’re of a certain age, you may have received a wood burning kit for your birthday, but true pyrography takes wood burning to a whole new level. Any wood—or even leather—surface can be customized in great detail with this craft, which was called fire needle embroidery by the Chinese during the Han dynasty. And more than ever, artists are using pyrography to incise contemporary, modern designs to create fashionable wall hangings, pendants, utensils, cutting boards, and more.
It doesn’t take much to get started with wood burning. Learn more about how to creatively decorate wood using the art of pyrography.
With just some wool and a needle, you can create impressive sculptures with needle felting. Going as complex or simple as you like with this fun craft, it’s possible to make everything from woolly animals to mini-cacti. If you’re interested in working with three-dimensional objects, but are intimidated by clay or stone, needle felting is the perfect gateway into sculpture.