Patchwork, embroidery, upcycling, you’ve heard of them all, but there’s so many alternative craft techniques out there just waiting to be tried. With the cold nights approaching and many of us choosing to stay indoors, there’s no better time to pick up a new craft. Here’s six of our favourites that we can’t wait to try!
Sashiko is a Japanese folk hand-sewing technique. Translated it means 'little stabs' – and that's quite literally what it is. It's traditionally sewn with white thread onto indigo fabric, making it so on trend right now. It's such a classic combination that gives such aesthetically pleasing results. We're going loco for sashiko!
It still amazes us how time-consuming quilting can be. We've all been there: you embark on making a quilt and then hours later you curse yourself for even thinking of the idea. Well, quilt-as-you-go is a fun, fast technique where you quilt each block individually, then attach them together. Voila! It saves so much time, space and is ideal for machine appliqued projects.
You've no doubt come across scores of these designs on Pinterest, and macrame is the name you're looking for! These gorgeous knotted creations can be used to form planter holders, wall hangings and even lamp shades. It's such a handy technique for making a whole array of home decorations, just try knot to get too tangled up!
With Christmas just around the corner, you're probably dreading the process of wrapping presents, only for them to get teared open in seconds. This method makes a wonderful alternative to wrapping paper as you use a beautiful fabric to encase the present, which can also be kept and used again after. We'd love to see Santa's elves give this one a go...
Similar to tie-dye, Shibori is a gorgeous dyeing technique that uses indigo dye in particular on fabric to produce incredible results. It uses the techniques of binding, folding, twisting, and compressing to make a creative and exciting pattern. Say goodbye to tie-dye, Shibiori is taking over!
It might seem wrong to cut up your creations but bear with us for a moment. Slashing involves layering up your fabric, stitching them together, and then letting loose with your scissors and cutting through to the base layer. The aim is to reveal all the pretty fabrics underneath – and it's perfect for using up scraps. It's a little like unwrapping layers of wrapping paper to find a lovely present underneath.