7 cool designs to try today, from embroidery to stencil

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Right now craft is experiencing a serious revival, as more and more people return to the idea of ​​using their hands as a creative outlet. Maybe that makes sense. With a world so digitally ingrained, people are turning to jobs that allow them to disconnect and relax.

With platforms like Etsy giving artisans the chance to demonstrate how age-old techniques can be modernized, there’s something of a renaissance when it comes to traditional craftsmanship. Hand embroidery, stencil and macrame are just some of the old school techniques which have suddenly become the cool professions to master. And the good thing is that many of them are quite easy to learn.

So if you think you’d like to start crafting, check out some of the cool DIYs that are skyrocketing in popularity. Many only require a few tools to get started and DIY kits are readily available to guide you through the first stages of learning. Then, once you feel comfortable, you can let your imagination run wild and start experimenting with whatever craft you want.

Here are 7 traditional crafts that have gone from old school to cool in recent years.

Hand embroidery

You don’t need a lot of fancy tools to start hand embroidery. And if craftsmanship only makes you think of monogrammed napkins and napkins, you’re missing out on the creative fun of hand embroidery. There are all kinds of techniques you can try, from cross stitch to thread painting to punch needle embroidery, and tons of great embroidery kits to get you started on your journey. Before you know it, you’ll be creating your own embroidery designs and sewing everything from pillows to patches.

Want to start? Discover stylish supplies and pretty kits perfect for getting started with embroidery.


This versatile craft can be used in many ways and is the technique of choice for street artists and master craftsmen. An easy entry into art for those intimidated by drawing and painting, creatives young and old will find many uses for stencils. Stationery, pottery, or fabric are just a few of the surfaces that can be decorated when creating art projects with stencils.

You want to know more ? Check out our guide on how to make your own stencils (+ thousands of free ready-to-use downloads).


If you’re a certain age, you may have received a woodburning kit for your birthday, but real pyrography takes woodburning to a whole new level. Any wooden surface, or even leather, can be personalized in great detail with this craft, called fire needle embroidery by the Chinese in the Han Dynasty. And more than ever, artists are using pyrography to incise contemporary and modern designs to create fashionable wall hangings, pendants, utensils, cutting boards, and more.

It doesn’t take much to get started in wood burning. Learn more about how to decorate wood creatively using the art of pyrography.

Needle felting

With just a bit of yarn and a needle, you can create impressive sculptures with needle felting. As intricately or simply as you like with this fun craft, you can make everything from woolly animals to mini cacti. If you want to work with three-dimensional objects, but are intimidated by clay or stone, needle felting is the perfect gateway to sculpting.

Want to start? Discover how needle felting allows you to create your own adorably fuzzy creations.

Hobo Nickel


Hobo nickel, the art of creating intricate carvings on coins, has been practiced since the 18th century. After a decline in the 1980s, artists like Shaun Hughes and Paolo Curcio helped revive the craft. Of course, it will require specialized equipment and a lot of practice, but if you are interested in engraving and like to transform objects, Hobo Nickel may be for you.

Watch Shaun Hughes YouTube demonstrations for a fascinating introduction to hobo nickel.


A little ago basic macrame knots to learn, and once you have them, you can let your imagination run wild. The word macrame comes from the 13th century Arabic word for fringe—migramah—and it has been a popular craft since Babylonian times. But a quick look around you and you’ll see that macrame is still going strong. Contemporary artisans create elaborate wall hangings, planters, and even clothing using this technique. For example, macrame artist Rianne Zuijderduin produces incredible contemporary fiber art using the technique, which she sells through her. Teddy and Wool online store.

Interested in macrame? This DIY macrame kit will give you all the tools and advice you need to get started.


Whether you’re intrigued by the art of origami, want to grow in kirigami, or just want to create your own paper flowers, there’s one thing that’s clear: so many possibilities with paper! Inexpensive and versatile, papercraft is the perfect way to express your inner creativity. In addition to three-dimensional pieces, new detail-oriented crafters may also be intrigued by paper cutting, which opens up a whole range of creative opportunities.

Looking for inspiration? Discover contemporary paper artists who are above the rest.



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Crocheting isn’t something only grandmas do. More young creatives are embracing the craft because it’s not only fun, but proven to relieve stress. The technique offers countless creative possibilities; and, fortunately, it is not too difficult to start. With just a few basic techniques and stitches, you can be on your way.

Ready to start? Learn the basics of this age-old craft.

Shibori dye

Do you have old clothes or fabric that needs a nifty update? Shibori dye is similar to tie-dye, but Japanese art only uses indigo dye. The term comes from the Japanese verb root shiboro, which means “wring, squeeze and squeeze”. This is fine because depending on how you fold and twist the fabric you get different patterns.

Discover step by step how to make your own Shibori project.

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