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scrapbooking craft materials Crafting refers to the creation of any object with specialized skill; the term covers a wide range of handiwork including pottery, sewing, quilting, embroidery, knitting, crochet, leatherworking, woodworking, stained-glass, decoupage, candlemaking, jewelry making, papier mache, origami, painting, sculpture, scrapbooking, basket weaving, cake decorating, and many more handmade pursuits.  The number of people involved in arts and crafts makes it collectively one of the most popular hobbies in existence.  Many people enjoy the creative process of making something with their hands and may choose to create gifts for friends and relatives, display and sell their wares through shops and craft fairs, or simply create for the personal satisfaction they derive from the process.

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When undertaken on a part-time basis, crafts such as knitting and crochet may be done in almost any location in the house, but other crafts such as pottery, leatherworking, woodworking, and stained-glass require a separate room, garage, or workshop.  These crafts often involve a large number of tools, and require more space and special ventilation.  A separate room in the house can also be advisable when crafting is done on a regular basis and unfinished projects must be left out between work sessions.  Many schools and community colleges offer a variety of crafting classes, providing the student ample opportunity to try out various types of arts and crafts firsthand and decide which they would like to become more deeply involved in.  Crafts allow the creator to interactively engage with the materials and can provide a relaxing outlet from the stresses of our modern technology-centered age.

wicker basket with knitting needles and balls of yarn

Arts and Crafts Resources

  • Cake Decorating
    Decorative cake and cookie decorating, cake recipes, candy making.
  • Decoys
    Carved waterfowl decoys for duck hunters and collectors.
  • Embroidery Machines
    Embroidery designs, patterns, machines, and software.
  • Fabric Types
    Learn about apparel fabrics, notions, and sewing accessories.
  • Jewelry Making
    Techniques, equipment, and supplies for making jewelry.
  • Jewelry Tools
    Hand tools and power tools for jewelers and jewelry crafters.
  • Scissors
    Craft scissors, hobby scissors, and scissor usage tips.
  • Sewing Machines
    Sewing machines and sergers, fabric, patterns, and notions.
  • Wood Carving Tools
    Guide to hand tools and power tools for wood carvers.

Craft Products Supplier Directories

  • Craft Products Manufacturer Directory
    Directory of craft items and craft supplies manufacturers and distributors in the USA. Each directory entry includes contact information, category tags, and a website link.
  • Craft Products Retailer Directory
    Directory of craft items and craft supplies retailers in the USA. Each directory entry includes contact information, category tags, and a website link.

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