Are you a craftsy person? Chances are if you read this blog, you are, or you at least know someone who is.
Because crafters themselves can spend hours and hours of time on their own projects, they are also the ones who will most appreciate getting something handmade from others. I remember that Christmas when I received a pair of handknit socks from my Grandma. They were (and still are) very lovely socks, knit with a classic Paton’s self-striping yarn in varying shades of blue. I loved those socks for their warmth and coziness, but it was only after finally completing a pair of handknit socks of my own that I came to appreciate the true value of a handmade item (thanks Grandma!).
So of course, it goes without saying, that the perfect gift for a certain craftsy person in your life would be a handmade item made by none other than yours truly. But seeing as none of us have yet discovered the secret to unlimited time, why not give yourself a break and purchase a unique gift that craftsy people everywhere will be sure to treasure from the list below.
1. Blue Felted Vase by Folly A Tet
I first stumbled across Folly A Tet while browsing through a Christmas craft fair in Calgary at this time last year! She uses luxurious fibers in her pieces including local Merino wool, Corriedale, silk hankies, Cashmere! Not only that, but her attention to detail make her pieces feel and look exquisite.
If you need any further proof of the sheer talent behind Folly A Tet, take a look at this owl. At first glance, I had a hard time telling it apart from the real thing!
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2. Polka Not Macrame Baby Swing by Polka Not
This handmade baby swing from macarame artist Polka Knot, is made from natural materials including wood, cotton, rope, linen and buckwheat. And if babys just aren’t your thing, take a look at some of Polka Knot’s other fabulous items, such as the Handmade Macrame Double Shelf. Her items are also made to order and she can do custom requests, so if you have a specific colour or design in mind, chances are she’ll be up to the challenge!
Making zine. If you haven’t heard of it already, it’s an aesthetically pleasing magazine that all the knitters are talking about! Although I have yet to get a hand on one of these magazines (they sell out quickly), their beautiful layouts, knitting patterns and recipes make it a perfect gift for someone who appreciates the beauty of slow living.
Not only that, but in this digital day and age, it feels good to get your hands on something in print, and flip through the pages while you sip on a good hot cocoa topped with cinnamon sprinkled vanilla-infused whipped cream. Mmm.
A holiday gift guide for craftsy people just wouldn’t be complete without some luxurious yarn now, would it? Why not create your own kit for that favorite knitter (or crocheter) in your life. Pick out pattern in their skill level, pair it with some beautiful wool, then tell them that you expect the finished project as a gift next year! 😉
This beautifully speckled fingering weight yarn is from no other than Hedgehog Fibres, and is stocked courtesy of the Stephen and Penelope store in Amsterdam.
Adult colouring books are everywhere. So it’s no surprise that Mason-Dixon Knitting has decided to come out with a colouring book especially for knitters! Since choosing the colours of the yarn for our projects is part of what makes knitting so fun, I can only imagine how entertaining this book would be as you colour everything from sweaters to socks!
Craftsy people love to learn new skills. Weaving is one of those skills that is very quickly gaining in popularity. Why not try it out on a Hand Loom Kit supplied by Fringe Supply Co.? This hand loom is beautifully handmade in New Mexico, and the kit also includes everything you need to get started. If you need any further motivation to learn to weave, check out my previous post on weaving in Laos.
7. Yarn Pyramid Print from Fringe Supply Co.
It’s as if the Fringe Supply Co. knows exactly what us craftsy people really want! This time, it’s the Yarn Pyramid Print. A perfect quirky piece of artwork to hang up in your studio and keep you inspired.
8. Beaded Geometric Earrings by Arbore de Fogo
I know this isn’t the first time that I’ve mentioned the newly opened Arbore do Fogo’s Etsy store on the blog, but it’s filled with so many lovely items (such as this lovely fox necklace) that I had to include it for a second time! Arbore do Fogo uses high quality Miyuki Delica beads from Japan, to ensure that her pieces last for years and still look as good as when they were first purchased!
Can you tell I have a thing for handmade jewelry? I stumbled across this stunning creation while scrolling on Etsy, and fell in love! This beautiful statement piece was made in Italy using polymer clay and glass beads.
This simple but beautifully coloured head scarf will be sure to make heads turn at the next yoga class. Gorgeous yet practical, this head scarf is hand sewn with a lightweight jersey blend fabric. A portion of all proceeds go to the National Brain Tumor Society.
So maybe you have a newborn on the way, and you want to brighten up his or her room. Or maybe you want to brighten up your own living room? Either way, this knit badger is sure to liven up your living space! The best part is that no badgers were harmed in the making of these kits ;). There is also the possibility of gifting this knit badger kit in two ways! The gifter gets the gift of knitting the badger, and the giftee gets to hang the finished product up in their room! What a perfect exchange.
There you have it, my friends. Which handmade items are your favourites? Or, if you prefer, how far along are you with your holiday knitting this year? I have to say, I’m very, very behind! Luckily I still have 31 days to catch up until Christmas …