“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
So proclaimed William Morris, the British poet, designer and leader of the game-changing Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th Century.
Fast forward over 100 years, and Will's words are ringing true again: crafting is making a sexy, new comeback. No longer considered the epitome of uncool (think the Girl Guides, Women's Institute, Home Economics etc.), it’s currently gaining rapid momentum with hipsters far and wide. Suddenly everyone who is anyone is sewing, painting, knitting, crocheting, embroidering, printing....
So long Saturday nights out, hello pottery parties!
The list of new and exciting hobbies to try out is endless, and with the colder weather drawing in, it’s a perfect time to grab a pair of knitting needles and start making some cutesy handmade gifts in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
So if you’re looking for new ways to get your craft on, check out the Appszoom guide to the 7 Best Crafty Apps For Handmaking Everything.
Paper by FiftyThree: 9.1/10
If sketching is your craft of choice, and you don't have this app already, what ARE you waiting for?! Simply beautiful, Paper by FiftyThree is the most intelligent and intuitive drawing app you’ll ever use.
Using remarkably real simulations of brushes and pens to sketch, ink, marker, or watercolor, the app reacts to touch-screen pressure, which is optimized for each tool selected. You get a basic kit for free, then each brush costs around $2, or you can buy the Essentials pack for $7.
The quality of the imaging, as well as the sharing options, are second to none. But if you really you want to ramp things up a notch, you can splurge on the company's stylus, dubbed 'Pencil' for iPad ($40-50).
The near-perfect Pinterest app is the doorway to a massive, super-creative social network: a photo and video phenomenon where you can share and organize all the beautiful things you see, find, and create.
From finding gorgeous wedding-theme ideas to saving money on your next home improvement project, it's all there. Just create boards and pin things to them. You can follow your friends and see their pins as well. There are also loads of family friendly crafts on Pinterest that are great for kids too.
For anyone with an interest in interior design, the Houzz app is absolutely indispensable. The extremely well-designed layout of this app allows efficient browsing of design elements, organized by room, object, and style.
Put together your own ideabook - like a digital scrapbook - composed of the elements you like the most, with the option of adding personalized commentary so that you remember exactly which eclectic chandelier will look simply smashing in your living room.
It's easy to connect with other Houzz users too. Browse the ideabooks of others, poll them about it, ask for new ideas, and get inspired by the projects of other users. The Houzz community's got your back.
If you're looking for a more guided craft experience, Craftsy offers more than 500 online video courses on painting, photography, jewelry, woodwork, sewing, quilting,and more.
Search for courses and sign up either for free or via in-app purchase. Most videos are offered in HD format and can be downloaded for offline use, so you can get creative anywhere and everywhere you want.
Each course profile features reviews, a lesson plan, and info about the instructor, so you know exactly what you're getting. You can also access a virtual classroom, where you can ask questions and receive feedback.
BrightNest focuses on making your home a better place, inspiring you with new ideas and making maintaining, decorating, and personalizing your home both easy and fun.
Check out daily suggestions and read the thousands of tips and tricks from other users. Every time you ask a question, you will get personalized answers and the daily tips will be more and more helpful.
With a clean and minimalist interface, BrightNest is perfect for both daily use and as a go-to for DIY inspiration.
If you're looking for handicraft and DIY project ideas, Craftgawker is a pretty great place to get your fix. A curated gallery of handmade arts and crafts, it publishes photos submitted by craft bloggers from around the world.
Scroll through hundreds of thumbnail images to view the latest, favorites, or most popular on the Craftgawker galleries, or search by keyword, category, or date. Follow and share with other users and be inspired.
A clean and intuitive design, coupled with beautiful, high quality photos makes for a 'classy' feel. Plus each profile's cute about page and following options makes it feel like you're really part of an intimate community.
If you're looking to get new ideas or sell your wares, this is the one for you. Etsy is a marketplace for people around the world, connecting them for the buying and selling of individual goods. With over 7 million unique items from 800,000 sellers around the world, it's the one-stop shop for one-of-a-kind artisan goods. Exclusivity is guaranteed.
I've found all kinds of things on Etsy, from laptop bags to home decor. No matter what you're looking for, you'll almost always find it on Etsy. And you're supporting a small business at the same time.