Welcome to ArtsWithCrafts.com, your resource for bunches of arts and crafts project ideas, instructions, patterns and inspiration. The art and craft techniques covered on this website include a broad variety of paper crafts, needlecrafts and practical crafts: painting, drawing, collage, kids’ crafts, coloring, crochet, knitting, beadwork, macrame, weaving, sewing, quilting, embroidery, scrapbooking, stamping, card making, art journaling, fiber arts, soap making, candle making, mosaic art and more. Read on to browse photos and find links that will take you to the pages on our site that will be of interest to you. If you’re interested particularly in DIY projects featuring the arts and crafts style or the art nouveau style, we have information about that too — plus you’ll also want to check out this page: Decorating a Craftsman Home With Vintage Furnishings.
Crochet is a popular needlework technique which is worked using a crochet hook; some people also refer to this tool as a “crochet needle.” Whatever you call it, it’s a low-tech instrument for producing exquisite, versatile projects you can use in a wide variety of different ways.
Free Crochet Resources:
- Learn how to crochet
- Find free instructions for the basic crochet stitches
- Understand the differences between knitting and crochet
With just a couple of knitting needles and a ball of yarn, you can make magic!
Knitted projects can enhance your home, your wardrobe and your life. Popular knitting projects include sweaters, scarves, hats, and socks. Projects range from simple to complex; with this hobby, there’s a lot of room to grow creatively.
There are numerous approaches to beadwork including bead stringing, bead weaving, bead embroidery, bead knitting and bead crochet. Popular beadwork projects include beaded jewelry, beaded clothing and accessories, beaded bags and purses, beaded Christmas ornaments and other Christmas decorations and beaded napkin rings. There are countless other possibilities for projects that can be enhanced with beads.
Fauxchet is a needlework technique that you might want to learn about if you find crochet to be too tiring for your hands. In some cases, it gives results that are similar to crochet; however, you can also use the technique with canvas to go in a whole different direction.
Dyeing Clothes, Fabric and Yarn
Being able to dye your own fabrics and yarns opens up a world of creative possibilities to you. If you’re ready to learn how to dye your own textiles, I highly recommend the resources you’ll learn about on our pages about dyeing fabric and yarn.
You can sew a variety of fantastic projects for your home and your wardrobe using sewing patterns or draping methods. Popular sewing projects range from clothing pieces such as tops, dresses, skirts and pants to curtains, valances, pillows and placemats. Baby projects are also popular sewing patterns.
Cross stitch is a fun and relaxing craft that anyone with a bit of patience can succeed at. Favorite cross stitch projects include samplers, wall art, cards, Christmas stockings and bookmarks. Want to learn more? Visit our main directory of cross stitch projects.
You can use embroidery to enhance any type of fiber art project: linens, clothing, accessories, quilts, and anything else you can think of. It’s fun to incorporate embroidery into other types of needlework projects; for example, you can work French knots onto crocheted granny squares or similar projects. If you’d like to learn more about embroidery, check out our main directory of lovely embroidery patterns and tutorials.
Quilting is a fantastic way to enhance both your home decor and your wardrobe. Bed quilts and baby quilts are some of the most popular quilting projects. Other popular quilting projects include quilted placemats, pillows, ornaments, Christmas stockings, jackets, coats, handbags, tote bags, purses and diaper bags.
Don’t skip over macrame just because the the word evokes images of weird beaded 1970s curtains and wall hangings in your imagination. Macrame is trendy once again in 2020 — and it’s waaaay cooler now than it was last time around.
You can use tiny bits of tile, broken china, glass or other material to create pictorial art or abstract decorative art covering surfaces such as furniture, walls or countertops. This artform allows for endless creativity.
Weaving is a worthwhile craft for people of any age, from kids to seniors. Children can enjoy weaving potholders on simple frame looms or weaving paper pieces. Adults can too, and they have an even greater selection of techniques and ideas to choose from — everything from simple tapestry weaving to complex pictorial weaving on a jacquard loom.
Visual Arts and Paper Crafts
A popular tradition is sending or giving greeting cards to friends and family. Greeting cards are readily available to purchase in stores and online, but many crafters prefer to make their own. There are numerous reasons to do so; for starters, you can better express the ideas you have in mind when you make your own card. Some crafters do it to save money — although the truth is, you have to be systematic with your approach to card making for it to actually amount to a realistic savings over just buying your cards. (This is a topic we cover here on our website — so if you want to save money on greeting cards, be sure to check out our pages on that topic.)
Scrapbooking is a multi-disciplinary craft technique where the main focus is preservation of memories. You can accomplish this through presenting some combination of photographs, images, storytelling in the form of journaling, stamped images, handmade or purchased embellishments, drawings, paintings, etc. Most scrapbookers make scrapbook layouts on paper or chipboard to include in scrapbook albums or mini albums. Popular scrapbook sizes are 12″x12″, 8″x10″, 8 1/2″x 11″ and 6″x6″, although there are many other possibilities.
Collage defies easy explanation. Collage artists often use paper and ephemera to create their art, but collage isn’t always just a paper craft; you can also incorporate fabrics, plastics, metals and a broad range of other materials into collage pieces.
At some point, if the collage is made up mostly or completely of things other than paper, some people would insist that it’s actually an “assemblage” or “sculpture” rather than a collage. Where to draw the lines, precisely? Well, that could be an entire discussion in itself. It also gets questionable, sometimes, whether you’re creating a collage or an art journal page — or a scrapbooking layout or greeting card. Much of the work you’ll see presented on this site could possibly fall into multiple categories.
You can decorate bunches of different craft projects by stamping them with either rubber stamps or clear stamps. You can add bunches of different images or sentiments to your scrapbook pages, collages, drawings or handmade greeting cards using stamps.
Coloring is fun for children, but it isn’t just a children’s pastime. Countless adults enjoy coloring, too. Right now, adult coloring books are one of the hottest craft trends for 2020.
Calligraphy is one of the hottest up-and-coming craft trends for 2020. It’s a useful skill to learn — you can use it for addressing wedding invitations, making baby shower invitations, and incorporating into a broad variety of other arts and crafts projects.
If you want to improve your painting skills, check out our page of tips and ideas for painting.
Advance your drawing abilities with our tips and instructions for drawing.
Crafting with kids? If so, check out our page of suggestion for fun kids’ crafts that will keep them engaged and entertained.
Surround yourself with gorgeous flowers. There really isn’t any such thing as a bad flower arrangement, but perhaps our flower arranging instructions will give you some extra inspiration.
By Amy Solovay
About the Author: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer with a background in textile design. She holds a bachelor’s degree with a studio art minor; and she has also obtained another degree in textile design. Amy has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since her teenage years. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, KnittingandCrochet.net and Crochet-Books.com. Amy sends out a free knitting and crochet newsletter so interested crafters can easily keep up with her new patterns and tutorials.
This page was last updated on 7-3-2020.