Arts & Crafts
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Ceramics and glass crafts
Glass
Glass is a hard, brittle substance, which can be made in different colours, with varying levels of transparency and is used to produce objects as varied as kitchenware, windows and works of art.


Glass beadmaking and lampwork
Glass bead making employs a glass making technique called Lampworking. This technique involves using a torch flame to melt the glass, which can then be shaped using tools and the force ...

Mosaic
By arranging small pieces of tile, glass, stone and other materials, decorative mosaic pictures and patterns can be created. Mosaic is a popular interior design technique and decorative ...

Pottery and ceramics
Ceramics are objects such as cups, vases, plates, tiles or figures made from clay which has been heated to make it harden. The word ceramics is derived from the Greek for potters clay and ...

Stained glass
Stained or coloured glass, often used in architecture and sculptural was popularised in the 19th century during the Gothic revival and arts and crafts movement, led by William Morris. It ...

Fibre and textile crafts
Clothing
Clothes are items worn as body covering, which are made from a variety of materials and as well as protecting the wearer from the elements, serve a social and cultural function.



Fabric Printing
Fabric printing can brighten up a plain piece of clothing such as a shirt. It could also be used to decorate soft furnishings such as cushions or curtains.



Felting
Handmade felting is a traditional craft that involves matting, condensing, and pressing fibers together to create a dense and sturdy fabric. In the UK, felting has been a popular craft ...

Lace making
Handmade lace making is a traditional craft in the UK that involves creating intricate designs using needle and thread. The art form has a long history in the country and can be traced ...

Macrame
Macrame is a type of textile in which cords of materials such as cotton or leather are knotted together, to form items such as belts, tablecloths, clothes and decorative pieces to hang ...

Millinery
Millinery is the creation of hats and headpieces from design to manufacturing. A person that makes hats is called a milliner or a hatter People have worn hats to reflect there status, ...

Rug making
Rug making involves the production of floor coverings from materials such as wool, using a variety of tools and techniques such as flat weaving, hand-knotted and rag rugs.



Spinning
Spinning is a process in which natural fibres or synthetic fibres are drawn out and then twisted together to produce yarn, which can then be wound onto bobbins for use in the weaving of ...

Textiles
Textiles are materials that have been woven together, using a variety of processes, from natural or artificial fibres. Skills used in their production include weaving and knitting. Working ...

Weaving
Weaving is the interlacing of separate threads of materials such as wool, cotton or silk at right angles to each other to create cloth. A person that weaves is called a weaver.



Wheat Weaving
Wheat weaving is a traditional folk art of plaiting stalks of wheat or other grains into decorative items, such as wreaths, baskets, or sculptures. It has roots in many cultures and is ...

Fine Art
Art
Art refers to objects that are admired and valued for their beauty, as well as their ability to convey human emotions and ideas. The creation of such objects requires a high degree of creativity ...

Assemblage
Assemblage is a unique art form that involves collecting and combining found objects or materials to create three-dimensional works of art. Assemblage art is similar to collage, but instead ...

Calligraphy
The art of decorative handwriting. The word calligraphy comes from ancient Greek and means beautiful writing. A calligrapher, is often known as a scribe or a letters artist.



Collage and decollage
Collage is a visual art form, where pieces of other images are grouped together to create a new piece of art. Collage comes from the French word Coller, which means to glue. A decollage ...

Installation Art
Installation art involves the composition of various media and objects within a space such as an art gallery. They are three dimensional works that can often be designed specifically for ...

Painting
Painting is a visual art form, in which a substance such as coloured paint or pigment is applied to a surface such as canvas, plaster, wood or pottery using a brush or other tools.



Photography
Photography is a process in which images are captured using a camera to record light, traditionally on photographic film developed using chemicals, and more often in recent years by electronic ...

Polymer Clay
Similar to traditional clay but cures at lower temperatures and does not include clay particle. The polymer clay is soaked to become workable and then when the item is complete it is hardened ...

Printmaking
Printmaking is the printing of pictures, generally onto paper, each of which are regarded as being an original art print, rather than exact copies of the source image.



Sculpture
Sculpture is a visual art form in which the chosen material is worked using suitable tools and techniques, to create three dimensional pieces which could be abstract or representative of ...

Flower crafts
Floral design
Floral design is an art that involves arranging flowers, foliage, and other natural elements to create visually stunning compositions. Whether for a special occasion or simply to brighten ...

Flower bouquet
Flower bouquets are a composition of flowers chosen for their aesthetic values or symbolic meaning and often displayed in vases as decoration, given as gifts to celebrate events or used ...

Ikebana
Ikebana is the arranging of flowers which considers the shape and form of the whole plant, including the leaves and stem as well as the bloom. It has the philosophy of developing a closeness ...

Food crafts
Catering
Catering describes the provision of food (sweet or savory) and associated services, by a business for consumption by people attending locations and events. These could be cup cakes, biscuits ...

Confectionery
Confectionery is a term used to describe a range of sweet food products, typically including chocolates, candies, and other sugary treats. Crafting confectionery requires precision and ...

Preserves
Jam, pickles and chutney preserves are made from fruit and vegetables that are mixed with sugar and pectin. In jam making the fruit comes in the form of fruit pulp or crushed fruit and ...

Leather work
Leather Carving
Leather carving is a specialised form of leather crafting that involves creating intricate designs and patterns on leather. This art form requires a steady hand, an eye for detail, and ...

Leather Crafting
Leather crafting is a traditional and popular craft in the UK, enjoyed by many for its versatility and timeless appeal. From creating personalized leather journals to crafting stylish leather ...

Literature
Fiction
Fiction is a creative piece of written work which is untrue and usually describes imaginary events and people. It is literature in the form of a prose that can be written as a novel or a short story.

Illustration
Illustration is the art of creating images to accompany or enhance a written text, and it is a powerful tool for communicating ideas and telling stories. To create effective illustrations, ...

Nonfiction
Nonfiction is literature which is based on true events offering opinions or conjectures upon facts and reality. It is used in written works such as biographies, text books, journalism and manuals,

Poetry
Poetry is a form of literature that uses language to convey emotions, ideas, and experiences through the use of imagery, metaphor, and other literary devices. It can take many forms, from ...

Metal crafts
Blacksmithing
Blacksmithing is a traditional craft that involves the shaping of hot metal using a forge, anvil, and hammers. The blacksmiths primary materials are iron and steel, which are heated until ...

Casting
Casting is the pouring into a mold of liquid metal, to create objects such as bronze sculptures. You can use other non metallic liquids for casting like, clay, epoxy, plaster, concrete etc.


Clockmaking
Clockmaking involves the building and repair of clocks. A Clockmaker would also work with watches. Modern clock makers are often able to fix old one of a kind clock because they have both ...

Coppersmith
A coppersmith (redsmith) is someone who makes objects using copper, a metal that can be worked without the need for it to be heated. Although often the copper in heated and then rapidly cooled.


Enamelling
Enamel is an old and widely used process which uses various techniques. It is an opaque or semi-transparent glossy substance that is a type of glass which is fused to metal or other hard ...

Etching
An etcher applies a strong acid to the surface of metal (copper, steel or zinc), by either dipping or pouring. This creates a decorative pattern on the surface where the metal is not protected ...

Farrier
Farriers are skilled craftsmen who make and attach shoes to the hooves of horses. They have the ability to shoe all types of equine feet whether they are normal or defective and are able ...

Goldsmith
A goldsmith is someone who makes objects from gold, such as jewellery.

Jewellery
Handmade jewellery is a popular craft in the UK, allowing makers to create unique pieces that can be sold or given as gifts. Using a variety of materials such as beads, wire, and charms, ...

Metal Clay
With metal clay (gold, silver, copper, bronze, brass or steel) crafts people model jewellery or small sculptures. The metal particles are mixed with a binder of organic material and water ...

Pewter
Pewter is an alloy composed primarily of tin, with a small percentage of hardeners such as copper, lead, bismuth and antimony.

Silversmith
A silversmith is a skilled craftsman who works with silver, creating decorative and functional objects such as cutlery, jewellery, and decorative pieces. The process of silversmithing involves ...

Tinsmith
Tinsmiths make or repair products made of tin. They are also known as white smiths because they work with light coloured metals. They can create anything from simple items like small boxes ...

Wirework Jewellery
Wirework jewellery can be made by hand shaping soft metals such as silver in wire form, into necklaces, bracelets and other types of jewellery, which are held together using loops.


Wrought Iron
Wrought iron has a low carbon content, that allows it to be worked using processes such as forging and welding. It can be used to make objects which are both functional and decorative, ...

Mixed media
Beads
Beads are small, shaped, often colourful pieces of a material such as glass, plastic or wood that can be strung together or attached to a surface to create items such as jewellery.

Boxes
Covering all forms of handmade containers. Boxes of all shapes and sizes can be created from many different materials, cardboard, wood and leather to name but a few.


Digital
Arts and crafts specifically relating to the use of modem digital technologies and techniques. This is the use of modern tools to create works of art or original craft items.


Fashion Accessories
Fashion accessories are worn to complement clothing and include items such as handbags, purses, shoes, scarves, jewellery, hats and gloves.

General Crafts
The general crafts page is a catch all for multiple craft types.

Health and Beauty
The UKs health and beauty industry is valued at around 17 billion and employs more than one million nationwide. Growing more and more each year, health and beauty is seen as an essential ...

Home and Garden
Home and garden refers to a range of crafted goods which can be used for practical or decorative purposes within the home or garden.

Interior Design
Interior design is the planned use and layout of objects and materials within the spaces of a building to create an environment in which people function and interact.

Musical Instruments
The design, hand making and repair of musical instruments. Often these instruments can be custom made to your own requirements.

Printing
Printing involves the use of a variety of tools and techniques to reproduce pictures and text using inks applied to a material such as paper.

Recycled
Upcycling, Downcycling or Recycling. The up in Upcycle means to improve, taking an item and reusing it to make something better or more useful. The down in Downcycling means that the materials ...

Reed Diffusers
A reed diffuser is a simple and elegant way to fragrance a room. The diffuser consists of a bottle filled with scented oil and natural reeds, which draw the oil up and release the scent ...

Soap
The process of making handmade soap is called saponification, which can be cold, hot or continuous.

Needlework
Applique
Handmade applique is a traditional craft in the UK, where fabric pieces are meticulously hand-stitched onto a base fabric to create decorative designs and patterns. This technique is often ...

Crewel embroidery
Wool is used to create a decorative surface layer using various embroidery stitches. Crewel embroidery also know as crewelwork is used in tapestries, curtains etc.


Crochet
The word crochet derives from the French word for hook and the craft of crocheting involves the creation of fabric from lengths of thread or wool using hooked crochet needles. Crochet is ...

Cross stitch
The cross in cross-stitch relates to the x-shaped stitching used in this popular form of embroidery. The stitches are used to create a picture on fabric.

Embroidery
Embroidery is a traditional textile handicraft using a needle and thread or yarn to decorate fabrics with stylised designs. Freehand embroidery has a rich history with connections in various ...

Knitting
Knitting is a popular craft that involves using two or more needles to create fabric from yarn. By looping the yarn over the needles and working the stitches in a specific pattern, knitters ...

Needlepoint
Needlepoint is a popular craft that involves stitching wool yarn onto a stiff canvas to create a decorative design or image. This craft has a long history in the UK, and is often associated ...

Patchwork
Patchwork is a crafting technique that involves sewing together pieces of fabric to create a larger, decorative item such as a quilt, cushion, or bag. The fabrics used can be scraps from ...

Quilting
Quilting is a timeless craft that involves sewing together layers of fabric to create a cozy and durable blanket. The process involves cutting fabric into specific shapes, arranging them ...

Sewing
Sewing by hand is a traditional craft that has been used for centuries to create a wide range of items, from clothing to home decor. It involves using a needle and thread to join pieces ...

Stumpwork
Stumpwork is a sewing technique, also known as raised embroidery or 3D embroidery, where the stitches are made in such a way that they create a three-dimensional effect on the surface of ...

Paper crafts
Bookbinding
Bookbinding is a traditional craft that involves the process of creating books, journals, and other bound materials. The aim of bookbinding is to produce a durable and attractive finished ...

Cardmaking
Cards are a popular way for people to share their thoughts and feelings with friends, relatives or colleagues on special occasions such as birthdays, marriages, anniversaries, holidays ...

Decoupage
Decoupage is an art form that involves cutting and gluing paper cutouts onto an object to decorate and enhance its appearance. The paper cutouts can be from various sources such as newspapers, ...

Iris folding
Handmade iris folding is a popular papercraft technique in the UK, where folded strips of coloured paper are arranged in a circular pattern to create intricate designs. This method originated ...

Origami
Origami is the art of paper folding that originated in Japan centuries ago. The craft involves transforming a single piece of paper into intricate and beautiful designs, without the use ...

Paper embossing
Creating patterns in paper by compressing or raising or sinking an image on to paper. This created a three dimensional raised affect on the paper.

Paper Embroidery
The craft of writing and drawing with embroidery threads on paper and card, to create beautiful, unique and contemporary items that will last. A relaxing and charming pastime for almost ...

Paper Goods
This is a catch all for people that make using paper.

Paper marbling
The art of creating uniquely paper designs by transferring water based paint patterns onto papers.

Paper model
Paper models are made from thick paper or card, onto which have been printed images which when cut, folded and glued as necessary, can produce three dimensional models such as buildings ...

Papercutting
A paper craft that involves the cutting of paper into designs.

Papermaking
Although most paper these days is mas-produced you can still find specialist makers of unique papers.

Papier mache
Papier mache is a low-cost and versatile art material made by combining paper strips or pulverised paper with a wet adhesive, typically flour and water paste, wallpaper paste or PVA glue. ...

Parchment craft
Parchment craft, also known as pergamano, is a traditional art form that involves creating intricate designs using parchment paper. Originating in the medieval era and gaining popularity ...

Quilling
Quilling is a decorative art in which paper can be used to make pieces such as flowers, birds or animals. Narrow strips of coloured paper are rolled curled and shaped, to create designs ...

Scrapbooking
The creation of scrap books involves putting together pictures, articles, clippings and other things of interest. Scrapbooking has become increasingly popular and many people meet at organised ...

Stationery
Stationery is the range of products used in written communication, such as pens, pencils, paper, cards and envelopes.

Performing arts
Dance
Dance is a powerful art form that allows individuals to express themselves physically and creatively. In the UK, dance encompasses a wide range of styles, from classical ballet and contemporary ...

Music
Music is a universal language that has the power to inspire, entertain, and connect people across cultures and generations. In the UK, music is a vital part of the countrys cultural identity, ...

Theatre
Theatre is a collaborative art form that combines various creative elements, such as writing, acting, directing, design, and production, to tell stories and engage audiences. In the UK, ...

Stone crafts
Knapping
Knapping is the ancient art of shaping stone by striking it with another object. The technique has been used for thousands of years to create arrowheads, knives, and other tools. Knapping ...

Letter carving on stone
Letter carving on stone involves the skilled use of tools and calligraphy to carve letters and numbers in a chosen typeface into stone, which can be used for decorative or commemorative purposes.

Stone carving
A stone carver will take a rough natural piece of stone and by a process of removing materials, create a sculptural piece. Stone carving is a process that is used by stone masons when dressing ...

Stone Mosaic
Stone mosaic involves the use of pieces of stone, which can be cut into tiles, to create patterns or pictures and could be used for example to cover the floors or walls of a bathroom or ...

Stonemasonry
Stonemasonry is the craft of shaping, cutting and laying natural stone. This traditional craft involves using hand tools and techniques that have been passed down for generations. Stonemasonry ...

Toys Games and Collectables
Automata
One of the worlds most treasured and popular ideas. This guide will take you through the ins and outs of automata creation. Also the history and influences it has on our world today. An ...

Dolls
Dolls are toys designed to resemble people. Many different materials can be used both for the main structure of the doll and as attachments (cloths, hair, accessories) to the dolls.


Puppets
Puppets are the original form of childrens entertainment. In the hands of a skilled manipulator, puppets can come alive before your very eyes. Creating a puppet requires skill and patience, ...

Teddy Bears
Handmade teddy bears are a traditional and beloved toy in the United Kingdom. Crafted with care and attention to detail, these bears are a charming and endearing addition to any toy collection. ...

Toys and Games
Toys have been the loyal companion of every child and big kid for thousands of years. They never let you down and people tend to create a powerful bond with toys that have been in their ...

Wax crafts
Candles
Making candles is a fun and rewarding craft that is perfect for beginners and experts alike. To get started, all you need is some wax, wicks, fragrance oils and a few other basic supplies. ...

Encaustic art
Encaustic means to burn in and is a technique used to create hot wax paintings The heat turns the wax into a solvent and when applied to a surface, mixed with coloured pigments the artist ...

Wood and furniture crafts
Cabinet making
Cabinet making in the UK is renowned for its intricate craftsmanship and traditional techniques. With a rich history dating back to medieval times, cabinet makers in the UK have honed their ...

Carpentry
The skilled carperter can create many things in wood, chairs, tables etc.

Furniture
Furniture describes products made from materials including wood and metal, such as chairs, tables and beds which are primarily functional but can also be decorative.

Intarsia
Intarsia is a traditional UK woodworking technique where different coloured and textured woods are used to create intricate designs. Skilled artisans carefully cut and fit the pieces together, ...

Marquetry
Marquetry involves the addition of decoration, in the form of pictures or designs made up of pieces of veneer, often to furniture.

Pyrography
Pyrography is the art of decorating wood or other materials using a heated tool to burn designs onto the surface. The technique has been used for centuries to create intricate and detailed ...

Upholstery
Upholstery involves the use of various materials (leathers and textiles) to provide covering and padding for furniture, such as seats. Contemporary upholsterers use or create unique patterned ...

Willow weaving
Willow is a natural pliable material for creating long lasting and often beautiful pieces of furniture, baskets, decorating etc.



Wood
Wood has long been used to produce a wide range of both practical and decorative objects and is a popular material in arts and crafts for making items such as toys, puzzles, pens, boxes and ornaments.

Wood carving
Handmade wood carving is a traditional and highly skilled craft in the UK, where artisans use hand tools to create intricate designs in wood. From functional items to decorative pieces, ...

Wood turning
Handmade wood turning is a traditional craft technique in the UK where artisans use a lathe to shape wooden objects by rotating them while cutting, sanding and polishing. This craft has ...