Get Crafty 1
When I started looking at crafts to recommend I found so many I wanted to try that I had to stop before the intended one article grew into a series. As it is, there’s no way I can squeeze my few chosen handicrafts into one post, so watch for part 2.
Crafting is not for everyone, but for the ones who enjoy working with their hands it’s a super way to destress and tap into your creative side. You can make unique items for yourself or as personalised gifts, or to sell. You can reduce your carbon footprint by recycling if you choose crafts like glass painting or making baskets from magazine pages.
Top image: Kitty chic – http://bit.ly/1EhyXFB
Visit the community club nearest your home or office, or log onto http://lessonsgowhere.com.sg/crafts-classes for lessons on everything from leather workshops to letterpress printing. As you can see, crafting is not gender exclusive and really, there is no stigma to men knitting or crocheting. I had a teacher friend from Yorkshire, UK who crocheted the living room curtains for his mum. Lest you think he’s a delicate thing, he also helped his dad build an upper floor for the house.
Like all activities that totally engross you, knitting is brilliant. The people at knitting website, It Takes Balls say –
“Knitting allows you to reconnect with yourself, offering a break from busy schedules and a refreshing detox from a technology-saturated world, providing a rare chance to be alone with your thoughts. It also connects people – by joining a knit group, you turn a solitary activity into a social one. Knitting in a group is proven to significantly improve happiness, social contact and communication with others.
Join the millions of knitters worldwide and discover why knitting is hailed as ‘the New Yoga’. Like tai chi and yoga, knitting is a form of moving meditation and effectively reduces stress and anxiety while improving your mood. Knitting is also widely used as therapy for both mental and physical pains; it improves concentration and reduces the risk of dementia and arthritis to name a few.” http://www.ittakesballs.sg/pages/ourstory
To check up on their events, visit their Grope Our Balls section. Obviously, knitting is no longer just for aunties.
So, you don’t need a cardigan? Kelly Lim will dust off the old association of knitting with booties and beanies – http://kllylmrck.com/
From her knitted dreadlocks, sculptures, and colourful dresses, she opens a whole new woolly world of art and individualised style.
The beaded jewelry craze has somewhat died down but there are still enough places to stock up on materials and sign up for lessons. Visit brick-and-mortar shops like Koi Ming on South Bridge Road – http://koiming.com/en/ and the few in People’s Park Centre if you are in the Chinatown area.
You can also pick up instructions if you like Swarovski glitter –
http://www.mix-match.com/ Make Christmas gifts like tree ornaments, key chain dangles, and of course accessories for the upcoming festive season. Little kits will usually be available.
Beading goes beyond making earrings and necklaces. Going on a beach vacation? Dress your feet in beads to go barefoot. Sexy, yes? Or make a beaded dreamcatcher like I did. Beads also make lovely wind chime decorations and candle holders. Honestly, there’s no limit to where your imagination can take you.