What if I'm rubbish at craft? March 30, 2019 17:19

Rubbish at craft

One thing we overhear guests at our workshops saying ALOT is that they ‘aren’t crafty’ or they are ‘rubbish at craft.’ We know that fear of not being good at something puts lots of people off trying - it’s why I waited until last year to go to a yoga class despite having wanted to try it for about four years! So we wanted to reassure you that a) you are probably way better at crafts than you think and, more importantly, b) it doesn’t matter if you are rubbish!

It’s about the journey not the destination.

Yeah, we know how cliched that sounds, but cliches exist for a reason - they are usually true! With craft it’s easy to become fixated on having the perfect end result, something that looks as though it jumped straight off of a Pinterest board. But actually the biggest benefits from crafting come from the process of making something. Craft is a form of mindfulness, and can help improve your mental wellbeing by helping you enter a state of ‘flow’ (basically where you don’t realise how much time has gone by because you’ve been totally in the zone and focused on something!) 

So next time you’re worried that your craft project didn’t quite turn out the way you wanted it to, instead focus on how good you feel having spent a few hours totally in the zone.

We are not the craft police, there is no craft jail.

Picture this - you go along to a craft workshop and you learn a new craft. You’ve given it your best shot but the end result isn’t as good as you thought. So along come to craft police and through you in jail for crimes against craft. Sound about right? Nope, of course not, don’t be ridiculous, there’s no such thing as craft jail (although am I the only one that really likes the sound of a craft jail....)

What I’m trying to say is, so what if it didn’t turn out perfect? What’s the worst that can happen? You try again another time. You have to buy some more craft supplies (as if you need an excuse.) You get to practice and make an even better version next time. Or maybe you decide it’s not for you, and you try something else. That’s okay too!

Practice makes perfect (or better at least!)

You don’t go to one drumming lesson and expect to be the next Dave Grohl. You don’t lace up a pair of trainers and expect to be Usain Bolt. So why do so many of us try a new craft and expect to be turning out masterpieces instantly? I’ve been crocheting for 14 years now and still learn new things on a regular basis! It’s all about practice, trying new things (even if they go wrong!), and constantly learning. 

Embrace those imperfections.

Ok so your crochet project has a bit of a gap in it. That macrame piece you made has a couple of wonky knots. So what? It’s a handmade item, it’s not meant to be perfect! In fact those imperfections are what make it unique, and separate it from mass-produced items.  And remember, those imperfections represent  mistakes you made, which you probably learnt something from. 

You are your own harshest critic.

During every single craft workshop I’ve ever taught I hear people say the same thing - ‘oh wow yours looks so much better than mine.’ We are our own harshest critics, so it’s only natural that we think everyone else’s work looks much better than ours. But it’s just not true. One of my favourite parts of our Jesmonite workshop is when we group all the finished pieces together for a photograph - and one thing I notice is that every piece will get compliments from the group. Whether it’s the colour combo someone has used, the terrazzo effect they’ve achieved, everyone compliments everyone’s piece except for their own! 

Try before you buy - find what works for you.

 Wanna know my dirty crafting secret? I cannot knit. I pride myself on being able to do any craft I turn my hand to, but I have been to roughly SEVEN (yes seven) beginner’s knitting classes, and I can’t do it. I’m not really sure why, but I am rubbish at knitting. It would be really easy for me to then think that I am rubbish at crafts in general. But I’m not - I’m actually quite good at other crafts. It’s just that knitting isn’t my jam. And that’s okay - in fact that’s really quite good because sometimes I think that if I find any more crafts that I really love, I may have to go into crafting rehab! 

My point though is that if you try a craft and you’re not very good at and/or you don’t really enjoy it, that’s totally fine. You don’t have to love every craft, or be good at every crafts. But I honestly do believe there is a craft out there for everyone, it’s just a matter of trying them and seeing which suits you best.