Let’s Get Crafty!
I was on vacation last week, and it turned out to be a crafty few days. One of my friends has twin 9-year-olds, and we had so much fun knitting (their Gram had recently taught them how) and coloring. I really love coloring. I always have, and now that it’s the “new thing” for adults, I’m embracing it again. I’ve heard that coloring on planes is a great way to relax and forget that you’re in a giant metal tube hurtling through the air at 30,000 feet. But I digress. Back to the crafts.
I spent part of my vacation in Portland, Oregon with my nephew, Henry. I needed knitting markers, so I had to drag him to the knit shop. To my surprise, he loved it. He was enchanted by the swift, and he got to watch a couple of skeins being wound. Then something great happened—he asked me to teach him to knit. I suggested that I teach him to crochet, and he was all for it. He’d charmed the ladies at the shop, and they had fun helping him choose a ball of yarn. And off we went.
What fun to pass on my love of crafting and needlework to Henry. He was a wonderful student, and before I knew it, he had a chain in the works. He said he wanted to make a sweater next. We had a ball.
Crafting with kids and friends is wonderful. I live a crafty life, in fact, this weekend I’m having a group of friends over to make cards. My love of crafting is one of the reasons I’m so excited to tell you about our new magazine, craft.girl. It’s FULL of wonderful craft ideas; I really love it. Here’s editor Louisa Demmitt to tell you all about it.
Welcome to craft.girl!
We are very proud to introduce the first issue of craft.girl, a beginner friendly collection of all kinds of crafts perfect to make for the spectacularly worthy people in your life (and hey, one of those people should be you!). From yarn and thread projects to all kinds of jewelry, from home décor to wearable accessories, there is something here for everyone looking to dive into the crafting world. We have also rounded up some of our favorite crafty things to share with you, tutorials, books, videos, and more to get you started and provide inspiration.
The opportunity to create a magazine from scratch is pretty irresistible. To be able to shape the content and design, work with awesome designers on projects, do a photo shoot, the whole thing. It’s an overwhelming, exciting, and terrifying undertaking.
We hope the projects here spark your creativity and get you excited to take a break from the hectic pace of life to create something with your own hands. No matter if you’re a seasoned crafter or you’re new to this wonderfully colorful, fun, and creative world, welcome!
—Louisa Demmitt, editor, craft.girl
Isn’t that an amazing bunch of fun stuff? There are so many ideas in craft.girl, and they’re all doable. That’s important, especially if you’re a beginner or you’re crafting with beginners. Beginner crafters like to feel like they end up with something at the end of the creative process, and everything in this collection will give crafters that special sense of success.
I really appreciate the variety of the crafts in craft.girl. There are plenty of ideas for beginners, with minimal supplies that can be bought inexpensively at the craft store—and I say that as someone who fully subscribes to the idea, “Why buy it for $3.99 when you can make it with $97 of craft supplies?”
There are also projects for more experienced crafters. The Pixel Your Peeps cross-stitch is on my list. I used to cross-stitch all the time, so I have lots of materials. This cute project shows you how to design your own “peeps,” by charting out your friends or family members on graph paper, and then stitching them. Absolutely darling.