Summer is the time to pack up the car, gather friends and family together, and chase the sun (or rain!) on plenty of outdoor adventures. Being outside and constantly on the go doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice crafting, and we’ve got plenty of products and top tips that can be taken wherever you go this summer!
1) Bee Brooch Needle Felting Kit (RRP £9.95 +£2.50 for foam)
Our Brooch Needle Felting Kits are the perfect ‘telly crafts’ as you can start these projects while sitting on the sofa in the evening, and easily stop and pick up again whenever you like. Our Bee Brooch Kit is perfect for the warmer months, as it won’t take you long and means you can admire this sweet creature without the fear of being stung! The brooch kits take beginners approximately 2-3 hours to finish, so is a great project to complete in one sitting on a rainy day, or in evening instalments if you’re on your feet all day! This project would be a fabulous gift for somebody who likes to unwind in the evenings with a creative project, and is a great introduction to needle felting for anyone who hasn’t tried it before.
Weaving on a loom can often be associated with hours spent working over a large, clunky loom, but our unique pop-up loom offers a fresh take on creating woven projects! The loom comes as a flat-packed piece of birch plywood, and all you’ll need to do when beginning your project is snap the different pieces apart and slot together. Though we recommend gluing the loom into place, the fully-formed loom only measures 26.5 x 28cm, so can easily be popped into a bag or suitcase! The loom, along with the supply packs, include everything you need to make your own woven wall hangings, which are incredibly on-trend right now and an ideal gift both as a completed piece, or as the materials to create your own! Depending on the size you would like the final weave, as well as the stitches and materials used, a complete weave can be achieved in less than 3 hours, and the supplies are safe enough to use outdoors for that all important alfresco crafting! The Coral & Mint Supply Pack brings a pastel sense of summer, and will brighten up even the dullest summer days!
3) Narwhal Contemporary Embroidery Kits (RRP £14.95)
Hoop embroidery is a speedy and effective way to create beautiful designs, and is a great present for both embroidery experts and newbies. Embroidery hoops with intricate designs are becoming a staple home décor piece, whether hanging from a wall or standing on a shelf, these hoops are sure to draw the eye. This Narwhal in particular would look fantastic on a feature wall paired with other aquatic designs, or simply standing along with bold colours and plenty of personality. Each hoop comes with everything you’ll need to complete the hoop, and whether you follow the stitch guide or create your own pattern, this type of craft is a great evening release or day-time treat. Stitch your favourite creature while basking in ‘you’ time, or get a group of friends and family together and learn from each other. However, and wherever you like to craft, these embroidery kits are sure to become a fast favourite pastime.
4) Brights Merino Creativity Bundle (RRP £11.25)
Though Summer isn’t a time we associate with wooliness, our Brights Creativity Bundle is the ultimate crafting companion when it comes to weaving, felting and crotchet, and there are so many projects to be made with these vibrant bundles! Having spare wool lying around is always handy, whether you’re creating a woven masterpiece or simply want to add a pop of colour to your felting projects. Keep the wool inside the handy box it arrives in, and grab a strand whenever you need.
5) Little Owl Crochet Kit (RRP £24.95)
If crochet has always seemed like an elusive and unattainable technique, we’ve got a great project to get you started, and you’ll have your very own little owl companion in no time. Why not set yourself a challenge to have completed this project over the course of the summer? With the odd hour here and there, and with the help of our extensive instructions and reference images, you can pick up a new skill and entertain yourself on those inevitable dreary summer days, or even crotchet in the garden while soaking up the sun. Gift this kit to a crotchet expert or beginner, or teach yourself a new skill.
You can shop our summer gift guide here.
Guide and photography by Hawthorn Handmade.