Thoughts On Craft Hobbies And A Giveaway

When Rakuten’s Play recently got in touch with me about their new Hobbies and Crafts section, I was inspired to think about crafts I am keen to learn or even re-learn. As a child I was super keen on calligraphy and it got me thinking about heritage crafts that are often pushed aside for the more popular hobbies such as sewing, crochet and knitting.


G commented recently that a lot of my hobbies are ‘old people hobbies’ and that I should make the most of my youth (loose term there!).  Does he not think I’m going to be galloping around at Zumba when I’m 60?! It got me thinking about what my hobbies mean to me and whether I can incorporate some new activities into my already busy life.

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This year, I want to make an effort to learn crafts that are less mainstream and to re-indulge my passion for lettering (although if you search wedding invites on Etsy you will see Calligraphy is popular once again!). I quite fancy trying willow weaving or bobbin lace making too after an inspiring WI session last year.


I’d love to hear about your hobbies in the comments below. Are there any heritage crafts you feel deserve more attention?

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58 thoughts on “Thoughts On Craft Hobbies And A Giveaway

  1. I knit and cross stitch, but am also trying to teach myself crochet and bobbin lace. Luckily I have a friend who is a very good lace maker!

  2. I am not sure how heritage craft is defined since knitting and crochet are old crafts as well and should be included in this term. Spinning is certainly such a craft too and I enjoy it a lot. One day I would love to give pottery a try again. I tried it briefly at school and even university, but I would enjoy learning it properly.

    1. I think you are right Nadia, heritage crafts can include a wide variety of different skills. I tried a pottery class recently and it was a lot of fun, I made some super wonky bowls!!

  3. I sew (make gifts, patchwork cushions etc) , embroider and do tapestry but would love to learn cochet and felting!

  4. I’d love to try pottery! Always looks super fun and messy.. The best type of craft. I would like to give basket weaving a go too, although I’m not sure where you can learn that sort of thing. I’m sure that is definitely what some might see as an ‘old people craft’ though, not that it would matter!
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  5. I dont think it matters if your hobbies are “old” or “young” – what is more important is that you have hobbies and interests that you enjoy. I think Calligraphy would be a great skill to learn, I made an attempt with my wedding invites but would love to do it properly.
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  6. I think I would like to do something with fabric, wonderful fabric has become so much widely available online the last few years it is so enticing. 🙂

  7. I think a return to craft and handmade is an inevitable consequence of the consumer driven, mass market boom of recent decades, culminating in the crash with the recession and financial crisis. At this time people always turn to ‘making/growing their own’. And I think it’s important because it’s a connection to old values and ways of being, a kick back against the faceless tech age we all exist in now.

    I find doing crafty things is a real antedote to modern life, and I love both but I need both. After a busy day I love to sit down and make something. Well, draw something. Recently, I find myself drawn to weaving. I would love to give it a go. I don’t knit or crochet so working with yarns would be nice to try through weaving. I would also like to do a bit of book binding.

    Still to what you love girl! In a few years the cool kids will be looking at the techy folk now thinking ‘man, that technology is so old fashioned’ then who will be laughing 😀
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  8. I’m with you on the calligraphy- I’d love to learn. But that’s down the line a bit since I’m already spinning one too many plates. I draw and art journal a lot, as well as cross-stitch and embroider. I would like to pick up crochet again soon. And I’d love to learn to sew- I’m afraid of my sewing machine.
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  9. I’d love to try quilting and caligraphy – I am a serial quote horder and it would be nice to make some cool wall out with a new hobby!!
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  10. I bought a flower press at a car boot sale when I was a little girl & pressed flowers out of the garden to make greetings cards but I don’t think my designs were very adventurous. A couple of years ago I got a voucher as a gift to go on a willow weaving course. I wasn’t convinced by the idea but I booked on one to make a fire wood carrier and I had a fab time & was really chuffed with what I created.

  11. Calligraphy and quilting are two which need a lot of time and patience but the results can be beautiful.

  12. I loved calligraphy when I was young so would love to try calligraphy again. I guess most of the other crafts I enjoy are seen as old peoples hobbies but oh well! I enjoy them 🙂

  13. I’d love to have a go at stained glass making, they look so elegant once they’re finished. Another on my to-do list is mosaic, I’ve only done the type where the product is pre-glued and you put the pre-formed tiles on, I’d love to really get my hands dirty with proper mosaic! There are so many crafts out there that I think it’s difficult to choose as I (and I’m sure I’m not the only one) want to try everything at least once! x

  14. I’m totally with you on the calligraphy and your obsession with lettering – I have exactly the same! I love all crafts that relate to recycling or upcycling so I’m turning my creative juices to trying rag-rugging at the moment. I love it! Great blog – thanks!

  15. At the moment I mainly cross stitch but have recently discovered papercutting which I really enjoy.
    The craft I would really like go learn is crochet. I have got as far as reading the fantastically titled “Stitch and bitch Happy Hooker” book but not yet tried it.

  16. If I could learn a heritage craft it would be lace making. Bought so much beautiful lace when we visited Austria, and was amazed by the detail the women put into their work.

  17. I did my self a craft bucket list because a coupl years back as there was so much I wanted to learn. I too want to improve my lettering and managed to win a nice calligraphy set and some books last year in an auction. I started to practise but uni work took over I think I need to start it up again xxxx hugs xxxx
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  18. I’m not entirely sure what exactly falls into the category of heritage crafts. I cross stitch and knit already but I’d love to learn to quilt and crochet. On top of that; letterpress and calligraphy is something I’d love to do but I’m not sure I have the patience.
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  19. I love learning new crafts and I’m always trying to learn more!
    I recently learnt to knit and I’ve found a real passion for it!!

  20. I’m a self taught crocheter but would love to learn knitting and EPP – crafting is my ‘me’ time x

  21. I love to crochet but would like to relearn knitting. Away from wool, I’d love to learn calligraphy and papercutting. So many hobbies, so little time….

  22. I’d love to learn calligraphy properly – I have the ‘cheat’ method down to a T- where you just thicken the down strokes but would love to be a pro at it and do it properly : ) I have ‘granny’ hobbies but I don’t care : ) xxx

  23. I love crochet and knitting – I’d like to be better (and quicker) at both though. I quite fancy having a go at weaving too 🙂

  24. I’ve been knitting for about 4 months and love it. My grandma comes to my home for “knitting club.” She is also teaching me to crochet. I’d love to have the patience to do quilting.

    1. Oh cherish your Grandma and get all the skills you can from her! My Nan was a dress maker and knitter and I inherited her entire fabric and yarn stash last year, it was amazing!

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