My favorite Crafting tools
If you didn’t know it already March is National Craft month! Which is huge!!! Personally, it’s becoming one of my favorite months that I look forward to year after year. Most crafting and DIY stores run big crafting supply sales on materials, equipment and so much more. So be on the lookout all month long for some really great deals.
Today, in honor of National Craft Month, I thought it would be fun to tell you about my top 5 favorite crafting tools of all time. I’ve been a crafty girl for quite some time and therefore, in all things crafty, I have quite the collection of tools and things to help me with my creative projects. I have so many that I love, but I’ve narrowed it down to my top 5 things that I couldn’t live without.
So here they are… my five favorite crafting picks!
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1). My silhouette Cameo cutting machine.
I have three Silhouette America machines, and I absolutely love them!!! I am starting to collect them, and it is only because I have them in different crafty work stations for different things. However, you only need one of these awesome machines to do multiple things like cutting vinyl, heat transfer mediums, fabric, card stock and so much more. The possibilities of projects are truly endless. Amazon sells these machines here. And sometimes you can get a great deal on a bundle.
2). My embroidery machine. I love my embroidery machine. It’s a sewing and embroidery combo machine in one. I have had it almost two years. In that time I have done multiple embroidery projects and created several items for people. I have even been able to increase the personalized items I sell in my shop. So if you are looking to start doing embroidery for fun or even as a small hobby business then I recommend getting one. Once again, Amazon probably has the best deal for a basic version or starter machine, but for the amount of the investment on a machine you may want to get one with more capabilities. The one pictured below is a great starter machine and you can really get a good grasp on doing Embroidery with using it. However, you will be limited in your projects and may find that you quickly outgrow it. If you believe it is something you plan to do daily or pretty frequently then you may want to shop around with a local dealer to get better pricing on a higher end machine with more range to do a variety of projects. When I purchased my machine, it was a slightly upgraded model from a local dealer, but have posted below what your average starter machine would look like. Make sure you do your homework before buying one. They are fun to use, however each one works a little different than the next.
3). Jewelry Pliers. When I first started my creative endeavors as a business I started with jewelry making. And back then the tools I used daily were my pliers. If you want to make jewelry there will be three types of pliers you will need for basically everything. A good jewelry wire cutter, a needle nose plier and a flat nose plier. Each one does something different, and for most jewelry making types of jewelry these will be the necessary basic pliers. You can get any set or kit out there, but make sure you have at least these three. My favorite brand that I use is Lindstrom. They are on the pricey side of pliers but after you have been making jewelry as long as I have, you will see why they are the best. First off they are ergonomic, comfortable in your hands, and durable. My set has last me a long time and have seen a lot of jewelry making in their day and still work great. I have put them to good use. I highly recommend Lindstrom if you have arthritis in your hands, or any pain. They truly make jewelry making feel easier.
4). Scissors. What crafter doesn’t have a pair of scissor much less a few pairs of favorite scissors? I have about two or three pair that I use pretty regularly. My favorite pair is a small embroidery pair that I purchased from a local dewing store. Havel is the maker of them. I recommend getting them local shop if possible because you may get them cheaper than online. These have a curved tip to get a good angle when cutting embroidery projects, however I used them for all sorts of things, and have a couple of pairs throughout each crafting station. As I write this, I am actually planning my next trip to get a few more. They are just that good for all things crafty.
5). My Workbox. Okay I saved the biggest baddest thing for last. Which is also a pricey purchase-so beware – enabler alert! However, if you are like me in he fact that you don’t have an entire room dedicated to just crafting, then is is a must have for you. My Workbox by the Original Scrapbox Company is like having a craft room in an easy to close up workspace. It beautifully closes up to look like a piece of furniture or armoire when not in use, and when your ready to craft, it opens up with all your crafting supplies in store with a ready to go workspace. It’s practically crafty perfect in every way. Closed up the box is just 3 feet wide by 3 feet deep. Fully open it becomes a 9 foot wide glorious organized space of crafty goodness.
And there you have it. My 5 crafting must haves! Do you have a favorite tool or item you use for crafting? If so, leave a comment and let me know. I am always looking for gadgets to make crafting more unique and fun!!