Crafts list

My quest to conquer all crafts!

When I started out as the Crafter's Apprentice, my aim was to try lots of new crafts.  I've tried a few and got hooked on some, but there are so many crafts out there, maybe I haven't found the one that I'll love even more!  So, here's my master list of crafts.  I'm going to tick them off as they're done.  Suggestions for crafts I've missed?  Please leave a comment!

And please also come and join in!  I've got a permanent linky party going on here.  Please come and show us what you've tried, be it new craft or new technique and you'll get featured.

note - I'm only adding "tried" to crafts I've tried since I started my blog, I did a lot of crafts as a child, but I want to try them again!
clicking on information will take you to the Wikipedia page for that technique
clicking on how to will take you to a tutorial for that technique
clicking on pattern will take you to free patterns for that technique
clicking on blogger will take you to a blog where the author writes about that craft (only for the more niche crafts, clearly not knitting/sewing/crochet etc!)
clicking on examples will take you to pictures/ a picture of a completed piece
clicking on the craft name itself will take you to my posts about that craft/technique (only if I've tried it of course!)

If you've written a tutorial / an article / a free pattern for one of the techniques below or you blog about one of the more unusal crafts, please let me know so I can link! 
By the way, every time I come in to add something, Blogger completely wrecks the layout so
excuse me if it looks a mess or items are in the wrong category - it's not my fault!!
Yarn crafts
cable knitting - information * how to * patterns
entrelac - information * how to * patterns
fair isle knitting - information * pattern * blog * how to

finger knitting - information * how to
french knitting / spool knitting / corking - information * how to
illusion knitting / shadow knitting
intarsia - information * how to * patterns
knitting - information  * patterns
knitting in the round / circular knitting - information * how to  * how to

lace knitting - information * how to * website * patterns * patterns
loom knitting - how to * patterns * blog

loop knitting - information * how to
sock knitting - how to * patterns * patterns
sock loom knitting - information
amigurumi  - information * patterns 

Bead crochet - information * how to * pattern
Bosnian crochet/ slipstitch crochet/ shepherds knitting  - information * how to * pattern
broomstick lace / jiffy lace / peacock eye crochet - information * patterns * how to
bruges lace - information * how to * example * patterns
crochet - information * patterns * resource

double-ended crochet / cro-hook / cro-knitting / knook - information * how to * how to * patterns * video how to
filet crochet - information * how to * how to * patterns
freeform crochet - information
hairpin lace - information * patterns
interlocking crochet -
irish lace - pattern
Jacquard crochet
mosaic crochet
siberian stitch crochet -
surface crochet -

tapestry crochet - information * pattern
tunisian crochet - information * patterns
waffle-weave crochet
wiggly crochet -
Other yarn craft-
dorset buttons - how to

dyeing - information
spinning  - information
weaving - information

wet felting - information * how to * patterns *
needle felting - information
nuno felting - information
knitting then felting (fulling) - information * how to * pattern
crocheting then felting (fulling) - information * how to * patterns
felting wool (fulling) - information

Fabric crafts - sewing
cloth dolls - information

covered buttons
dressmaking -

fabric flowers -
felt toy making -
hand sewing - information -
leather carving - information
leather work - information
machine sewing - information * patterns -

millinery - information
rag rugging - information
smocking - information

sumami (japanese fabric folding)
upholstery - information
yo yo making -

art quilts - information

corded quilting - information
english paper piecing - how to
foundation paper piecing - information * how to * pattern index
free motion quilting - information * resource * patterns
hand quilting - information
long arm quilting - information
machine quilting - information
patchwork  - patchwork

shadow trapunto - information
trapunto - information

Fabric crafts - surface design
batik - information

dyeing fabric - information
fabric dyeing: ombre/gradation
fabric painting -

free motion embroidery  - information-
freezer paper stencilling - information
lino cuts - information

machine embroidery - information

photo-sensitive die
screen printing - information
shibori dying -

silk painting -
tie dyeing - information 

wood block printing - information

broderie perse - information
hand applique - information -
machine applique - information -
needle turn applique - information 
raw edge applique -
reverse applique - information

Lace Making
bobbin lace - information * how to * pattern * blogger

brussels lace - information
irish crochet / irish lace - information
needle lace - information * patterns
romanian point lace -

tambour lace - information
teneriffe (needle lace on a loom) - information

Trim making

macramé - information
tatting - information

shuttle tatting - information
needle tatting - information
cro-tatting - information
pom pom making - information 
kumihimo (making cord) - information

tassles - information
bias tape making

Beads and jewellery

3d beading - information
beaded flowers
beaded jewellery - information 

bead quilling
bead weaving - information
chain maille - information
crochet with wire
enamelling - information

knitting with wire  -
knotted cord -
loom beading
metal stamping
paper beads
precious metal clay - information

polymer clay beads - information
shrink plastic - information
silver smithing -

soutache -
twisted wire -

viking knitting -
wire wrapping - information


Counted thread-
assisi - information * patterns * patterns * how to * examples
bargello - information * patterns * examples * how to * blog

beaded cross stitch
blackwork - information * patterns * resource * patterns
canvas work - information * example * information

celtic cross stitch - information
chicken scratch - information * how to

cross stitch - information 

hardanger - information * pattern * pattern * stitches *
needle point / petit point / tapestry - information * information * information * patterns * stitches  
White work
broderie anglaise - information
candlewicking - information
Carrickmacross lace
drawn thread - information * how to * tutorial

hedebo - information * examples * information
hem stitching - information
mountmellick - information * how to
needle weaving - - information
poltava-style drawnwork - - information
schwalm - examples
whitework  - information * patterns
Embroidery techniques
aari - blog * examples
arraiolos - information
bayeux embroidery
bead embroidery - information
brazilian - information * examples * patterns * patterns
Canadian weave smoking
casalguidi / 
Punto Toscano / Punto Antico  - how to * example * information
chikan/Chikankari/Indian shadow work - information * examples * information
colbert - information
couching / laid embroidery - information
crazy quilting - information * blog
crewel embroidery  - information * blog 

cut work - information * patterns * patterns
ukranian cut work - - informationdoodle stitching - 
filet lace - information * how to
goldwork - information * patterns * blog

guimaraes - website
hand embroidery  - information * patterns * blog 
Japanese embroidery
japanese rozashi - information * examples 
kamal kadai / navar work - information * how to
kamal kadai beaded - how to * how to
kantha - information * stitch tutorials * information

kashmiri embroidery / kashida / zalakdozi / aari work - information * information * how to *examples * information
kasuki -
kasuti - 
information * examples * examples * information * how to * how to * how to * example
kogin (Japanese pattern darning) - information * patterns * patterns
kutch work - how to = example
long stitch -
mirrorwork/shisha - 
naverson - 

needle punch - 
paper embroidery - information
parsi embroidery - information * examples

pattern darning - information * how to
phulkari - information
puncetto / punto avorio - information
rabari embroidery -
reticella / ruskin lace - 
information * how to

sashiko - information
shadow work embroidery -

sichuan - information
silk ribbon embroidery -

silk shading -  * patterns
sitara -
stumpwork - 

suzani - information
suzhou - information
swedish weaving/huck embroidery - examples * example
tambour work / Point de Beauvais
temari -
zardou -
zardozi - 
Embroidery styles
armenian - information * examples/how to
berlin wool work - information
castelo blanco - information
colcha - information * examples
deerfield - information
guangdong - information
hunan - information
hungarian embroidery - * patterns
jacobian - information * patterns
redwork - information * patterns
Richelieu embroidery
rosmaling - examples 
Ukranian counted thread work
wessex stitchery -

(I do not know what half of these are - but I suppose I'll have fun finding out!)

card making  - information  

cartonage (French box making)collage - information
decoupage - information

dry embossing -
heat embossing -
iris folding - information
marbling - information
origami - information
paper cutting - information * how to
paper making - information
papier mache - information * how to

paper tole / 3d decoupage -
parchment work - information
quilling -
scrapbooking - information 

stamping - information 

bath bomb making
bath salts

lip balms
hot process soap making - information

cold process soap making - information
soap making with moulds - information


glass blowing - information
glass engraving - information
glass etching - information
glass fusing - information
glass painting -

lampwork - information

leaded stained glass
stained glass (copper foil) - information

assemblage (3d collage/sculpture) - information

calligraphy - information
doodling - information
drawing - information

encaustic art - information
mixed media - information

painting - information
tole painting - information



candle making - information
gel candles - information
soy candles - information

Clay and Ceramics
air drying clay -
ceramic painting -
polymer clay - information
polymer clay millefiori

polymer clay extruding
pottery - information

Surface Design

botanical printing -
gilding -
stencilling - information

sun printing - example

copper smithing
metal embossing / repoussé and chasing - information
metal work - 

silver smithing -
tin punching -


fret work
pyrography / wood burning - information
scroll saw
stamp making -
wood carving - information
wood cuts - information

wood turning
wood work - information

Misc crafts

book binding - information
book making -
basketry / basket weaving -

clock making - information

fantasy film
flower pressing - information

letterpress - information

mosaic - information
plaster of paris
pottery- slip casting
pottery - wheel work
rope craft -
rug hooking - information

scraper foil


  1. How about adding Ikebana? would that count?

    The last list has stamp making twice :p

    In the needlework list...
    kutch work
    chikan ( chikankari )
    mirror work
    These are all indian embroidery techniques.
    You could add Phulkari, Rabari embroidery, Parsi embroidery to that list!

  2. LOL, I can't add anything in that super list, but boy did I add things into mine!!!

  3. You can add "trapunto " and "shadow trapunto" in quilting section and perhaps "making tassels" in trims ? :D
    It would be lovely to be able to link , at least to the definition of, for some curious, interesting at not so usual techniques ( but sooo intriguing :D)
    Wonderful list....hmmm...I think that I won't be bored this summer, must try some of these :))

  4. What a great idea to make this list!!! And the blogger thing, ugh! I totally understand...have had the same problem!

  5. Wow, what a list! Love about making Dorset buttons? I LOVE these, and it looks like fun! Something else to try?


  6. I think you've missed...
    Buttons - fabric covered

    What about spinning, weaving & dyeing yarn or fabric?
    and Tyedye?

  7. Leaded stained glass (a different technique than soldering)

    Trims: bias tape making

    Reverse applique

    Fabric dyeing: ombre/gradation

  8. Great list! Can I borrow it to help keep track of things to try?


  9. Is locker hooking also known as latch hooking? The main knots/stitches used being Ghiordes and Smyrna knots.

  10. Love this! Nothing to add, except thank you for going to all the effort to do this. Just looked up felting! This is a great idea.

  11. This is awesome. I've been searching for a list of arts and crafts like this for over 3 months and this is where it ends. Now, I have delve deeper into each item on the list.

  12. Your list is tremendous, I hope you have much time to explore everything you find out too ...
    My suggestion is similar to freeform crochet, but not the same.
    What I've done is crochet over a shirt, complete with all pockets turned inside. This keeps the shape you want, and gets you around the arms and other shaping. I use a curved needle and sew the crochet onto the inside of the shirt when turned outwards as I build up.
    You can do any shapes, use up odd bits leftover, make roundels, join by crochet, mix thin wool's together. Sometimes I use thin upholstery cotton wound together, all for the variety.
    I use wool from charity shops, all kinds, the more unusual the better.
    People have called it 'organic crochet' and I intend to get a small group together to have a natter whilst doing their own crochet.
    I've taught many people, and they all love the freedom of doing it, we even do a bit for 10 mins, then pass it onto the next person!
    I've never heard of anyone else doing this, but I love it.
    I hope you enjoyed this suggestion,


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