COVID has changed daily life for the majority of us. Many of us have found that we have plenty of spare time on our hands and have turned to our hobbies to keep us entertained. If you love crafting and enjoy using gadgets, then here are some crafty gadgets to enjoy during the lockdown.3 Crafty Gadgets to Enjoy During Lockdown! #gadgets #lockdown Click To Tweet
Embroidery and Sewing Machines
Sewing is a popular hobby as it can be as straightforward or as complicated as you make it, and in the end, you will have a useful item to show for all your hard work.
If you aren’t a fan of hand sewing, there is plenty of sewing gadgetry available for your pleasure. Sewing machines have advanced tremendously since your grandma was a young girl. Nowadays, sewing machines are computerized and usually come with a variety of built-in stitches. You can also purchase and download many more designs from the internet onto the computer. A computerized sewing machine makes very precise stitches. If you want to create more elaborate designs on your clothes or soft furnishings, consider investing in a computerized embroidery machine that will sew highly intricate patterns and pictures onto them.
If you love papercraft and aren’t a fan of fussy cutting or need to produce a high number of cut-outs, purchase a machine that will do the cutting for you.
Machines such as the Brother Scan n Cut can cut out any shape you wish from paper, fabric, foam, card, and thin metal or wood. SVG files can be downloaded onto your computer, a USB stick, or sent wirelessly to the machine. The machine will then cut the shape out of a piece of your chosen medium. The Scan n Cut has the added advantage of being able to scan printed documents and cut out the designs on them.
Manual die-cutting machines are another great machine for cutting out shapes. Metal dies can be purchased online or from hobby stores. They are passed through a die cutter while sandwiched between paper or card and plastic boards. The sharp edges of the dies cut through the paper when passed through the machine.
The word ‘pyrography’ means writing with fire. A pyrography tool can be used to burn lines into a receptive material – usually wood. The wood you choose should be a nice soft wood, like pine, ash, or maple. They are easier to burn and lighter in color to give a good contrast to your artwork. Look in hobby shops for crafting blanks such as wooden boxes, plaques, and coasters to burn beautiful designs onto.
Different tips on pyrography pens and equipment allow you to create a wide variety of brush strokes for different effects. In contrast, different amounts of pressure will enable you to achieve different color tones. Monochromatic pictures and designs are best suited to pyrography art, with wildlife, swirling patterns, pets, and geometric prints being popular. If you aren’t confident at drawing freehand – transfer a design or picture of your choice onto the wood using graphite paper and burning over the drawing.
So what sounds good to you? Looks like you just might have enough time to start something new! Let’s make the most of it!