I haven’t done a crafty post in a while, so I thought it was about time I rectified that situation!
Last September at the Handmade Fair I met Moira Fuller who runs Craftiosity - a craft kit subscription service - and loved some of the different projects she had on display that had been made using the different monthly kits. Although I’m not really in a position to commit to a new box every month - there just aren’t enough hours free for all the different crafts I want to try! - the Craftiosity Christmas shop provided the perfect opportunity to purchase a single kit to try.
I eventually got round to opening the box at the end of January (I mentioned the not enough time thing. right?) and was absolutely delighted with the contents and what I’ve manged to make from them!
I chose the Macrame plant hanger kit which came with a big coil of soft cotton rope, a metal ring and hook for hanging, a plain white ceramic bowl to go in the hanger (although you could always swap it for a pot of your own), and full instructions with lots of detailed photos. There is also a video tutorial for the various stages available on the Craftiosity website, although I didn’t actually end up using it.
The idea behind each of Craftiosity’s kits is to give you an easy introduction to each featured craft, and that’s exactly what this one did. Using just a couple of different knots, I’d completed the hanger in a bit less than an hour and a half on a quiet Sunday afternoon.
The instruction sheet in the box went through each step really clearly, and the photos definitely helped to make sense of which direction you were meant to take the ropes. I found I quite quickly got into a rhythm with the various knots - half-square knots to create the spiralling sections at the top, and full square knots making the following sections alternating between the four arms. It only took a few knots to feel like my tension was evening out, and I’m really pleased with how neat it looks overall!
The gathering knots at the very top and bottom are a really neat trick for hiding the loose ends securely - if you haven’t tried or seen one of these before, check out the video to see how it’s done!
The rope in the kit was beautifully soft and easy to work with, and it didn’t tangle up even though you’re using quite long lengths of it - this is definitely a craft to do standing up!
I found I actually had quite a bit of rope left over, so I’m going to look for some other small, simple projects to have a go at.
And I think that’s the beauty of these kits - they give you a starting point and inspiration to want to learn more. I think if you got every new kit each month and followed it up by buying further equipment or materials for each craft, you’d end up with a full house pretty quickly!
I’m definitely inspired to explore macrame some more, and to learn more of the different types of knots - there’s a great book by Fanny Zedenius (@createaholic on Instagram) which has lots of instructions and some gorgeous projects.
I’m really impressed with my first experience of one of Craftiosity's kits, and I’ll definitely be keeping my eye open for the next releases - Moira shares sneak peeks on the Craftiosity Instagram account each month.
(Just to mention - this post isn’t sponsored in any way, I bought the kit with my own money and this review is entirely my own opinions.)