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can any one recommend a good craft kit (don't mind too much which craft) for a complete and utter novice

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TiredFeet Mon 29-Apr-13 12:14:36

I'm hopeless at crafty type stuff, but want to start somewhere and get my confidence up slowly. I'm still a bit ill (recovering from hyperemesis) so can't face trawling round lots of shops, so what I would really like is a kit with instructions that is really easy to do and will get my confidence up a bit. I don't mind too much which craft.

last time I was pregnant I really wanted to make something for the baby and never did, this time I want to actually try. Plus with children I think it would be good to build up my confidence so I can teach them. I'm really not arty / crafty at all. I did a tiny bit of sewing as a child but that's it. but I really want to try!

Forgetfulmog Mon 29-Apr-13 12:25:22

Counted cross stitch is prob the best, or you can get those kits for making stuffed soft toys. I'd have a look in hobbycraft for inspiration - dont buy it in there though as they're ridiculously expensive- & then but what you want on eBay or online

TiredFeet Mon 29-Apr-13 12:37:52

thanks forgetful will have a look at hobbycraft. want to do something but bit nervous about spending money and then finding it too hard!

Forgetfulmog Mon 29-Apr-13 13:44:46

Neither of the things I suggested are hard - you can get little cross stitch kits that are a good starter size just to get you going & they can then double up as inserts for birthday cards or small pics to put up in DC bedroom.

Happy hunting smile

TheWoollybacksWife Mon 29-Apr-13 13:58:49

If you are going to try cross stitch then have a look in a newsagent's shop or the magazine section of a supermarket for a cross stitch magazine. They often have the little kits as free gifts and have the advantage of step by step instructions in the text of the mag.

Alternatively, buy a crochet hook and a ball of yarn an join the ever expending group of MN Hookers. Loads of helpful videos on YouTube to get you started. G'wan, you know you want to...

TiredFeet Mon 29-Apr-13 14:15:51

thank you!

bit scared of crochet, I really like the idea of it as I can see I could make nice things with it, but afraid I'll not be able to pick it up by myself, I'm totally and utterly dim when it comes to practical things! I am thinking of asking my mother in law to teach me next time she's down though, so maybe I could get the stuff to be ready?

patchworkchick Mon 29-Apr-13 21:26:12

A bit of embroidery is fun, try

BigBoobiedBertha Mon 29-Apr-13 21:40:31

There are all sorts of beginners cross stitch kits available. Look out for Mouseloft kits which are only a couple of £ each and you can get them easily on line. You can build up from there. Kits come with needles and thread so you don't have to buy anything else.

Alternatively, Anchor do slightly more expensive kits which are for beginners like these. They are sort of aimed at children but that is fine as it means they are child friendly images that you could practice on and still use as little pictures in the children's rooms.

maxpower Mon 29-Apr-13 21:53:51

Another vote for x stitch. I used to while away hours stitching pre-dcs.

TiredFeet Mon 29-Apr-13 22:33:34

Thank you for the ideas smile
If I get a cross stitch kit will I need anything else with it in order to get started?

BigBoobiedBertha Tue 30-Apr-13 00:51:49

Nope. You shouldn't do anyway. They all seem to come with needles, threads and fabric. They also have instructions on how to do cross stitch as well as a chart of the design.

TiredFeet Tue 30-Apr-13 20:29:04

thanks! will give one a try!

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