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April 16, 2020
Craft kits from brilliant small businesses to inspire new hobbies in lockdown

One thing bringing me a massive dollop of joy in the middle of my lockdown days filled with a rollercoaster of emotions, is seeing people using this time to try a new creative skill.

It can be so hard in our busy lives to set aside time to get creative but when we are forced to take a small pause, there is a little more time to try something new. Now I’m definitely not advocating you use every minute to be productive, write a novel, decorate your whole house or bake chic deli-worthy sourdough. Everyone is dealing with their time in lockdown in different ways and getting acquainted with the Tiger King or simply sitting still is equally as important.

But if you find you would like to try out a new hobby, many makers and artists that were running live workshops have found ways to adapt their skills into craft kits for you to try at home.

Seeing the Betty Etiquette Brush Lettering and Modern Calligraphy kits being used in your photos on Instagram and Facebook has been amazing.

I have put together a list of my favourite craft kits from other makers that I really admire and I think you will love them too.

Origami Est origami equipment and scissorsCotton Clara embroidery kit with hands doing creating a rainbow embroideryA punch needle embroidery kit with balls of wool and scissors

Origami Est

Esther Thorpe’s clever hands create paper treasures and now you can have a go at her origami magic at home. With both online workshops and materials available, you have everything you need to emulate Esther’s chic and stylish origami projects.

https://origamiest.co.uk/collections/stationery

The Modern Crafter

I met Rachel and Siobhan, founders of The Modern Crafter, at The Handmade Festival and instantly fell in love with their kits. The punch needle technique is pretty addictive and was unlike anything I have done before. They have great beginners kits with everything you need to get started and fantastic contemporary designs.

https://themoderncrafter.co.uk/shop

Stitching Me Softly

Emma and I met and bonded over a halloumi wrap whilst hiding behind a marquee at a craft fair. She has an incredible eye for colour and design and her crochet kits are testament to this. With everything you need inside you can make something really wearable or useable. 

https://stitchingmesoftly.co.uk/product-category/kits/

Jewelry making kits and bookletBanner on wall saying yay and basket of wool

Sewcial Circle

Katie from Sewcial Circle has an amazing collection of craft kits available in her shop from pompom making to rainbow wall hangings. But my favourite is her new banner making kit that allows you to make one of her beautiful banners at home and pick your coloured yarn to match your décor.

https://thesewcialcircle.com/collections/craft-kits/products/pom-pom-banner-kit

Cotton Clara

This recommendation comes with the warning that you will want one of everything in Chloe Hardisty’s beautiful shop Cotton Clara. She has designed a range of embroidery kits and plywood embroidery projects. Plus there is a great selection of other craft materials and project ideas to discover too.

https://cottonclara.com/

So if you're finding you have more time as your commute is only from the bedroom to the kitchen table, perhaps one of these kits will inspire a moment of creativity to help differentiate Wednesday from Thursday ... or any other day in fact!

Rebecca Cahill Roots