Guest post: Try a craft class

Today we're welcoming a guest blogger - the wonderful Jade from lovemycourse, a UK website that helps you find courses, workshops and classes in your area.

A superhero equipped with knitting needles

Some people are just naturals when it comes to crafts. They’re the ones who never put their foot down too hard on the sewing machine pedal; who make knitting look as easy as brushing their teeth; and the ones you just know could copy the craft projects on Blue Peter as kids and end up with a Tracey Island which looked better than the real thing.

Then there are those of us who aren’t. We like making bits and pieces for fun, and get excited over new patterns, but things don’t always go to plan. Sure, we have our successes, but there are a fair few projects that end in us tossing aside our material in frustration and reaching for the nearest (and biggest) bar of chocolate. Unfortunately I am most definitely in this group...

This shouldn’t get in the way of anyone who wants to get stuck into a new project though, not with the plethora of resources available now to anyone who is having trouble mastering their craft of choice. Not only are there loads of helpful guides here on the Making Spot, but there are courses out there that can help.

Taking a craft course no longer means handing over a big wad of money and devoting half of your life to homework and material sourcing. There are loads of evening classes, weekend workshops and even online tutorials that are ready and able to come to your rescue like a superhero equipped with knitting needles. 

The variety is quite something too – think sock knitting, millinery with feathers, and even classes in making your own wedding dress. Not only will you pick up some extra skills, on courses like these, you’ll also meet new people and quickly develop your own craft support circle (they’re the ones who will be cheering down the phone when you finally complete that quilt). 

After browsing and seeing what’s out there, I’ve narrowed it down to a choice of two classes I'd love to do: Alissia Couture Boutique's 50s skirt class or Homespun’s shift dress workshop, as I am determined to becoming an expert in dressmaking.

I have to say though, with all the inspiring classes I’ve found, I’m tempted to try them all!

Jade O’Donoghue is the web editor at lovemycourse. Her New Year’s resolution for 2012 was to learn to knit. It is now her resolution for 2013.

Thanks, Jade - wishing you lots of happy crafting!