The best craft books to help you find a new hobby

Looking for a new hobby but don't know where to start? We've found 11 books to get you inspired for a new hobby at home

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by Sophie Knight |

Have you been itching to start a new hobby but haven’t quite got round to ticking it off your to-do list yet? Taking on a hobby is a great way to develop a new craft and skill that perhaps you thought you’d never have. Sometimes we all need to take time for ourselves, embarking on a new activity can be incredibly therapeutic, especially if you need some relaxation and escapism.

If your yet to find the activity for you, then don’t worry as we have an array of amazing options that will have you becoming your very own creative connoisseur in no time. From quilting to wood crafting, painting and knitting, we’ve chosen some of the best craft books that can inspire you to take up a new hobby.

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You can order these online and get them delivered to your door – along with any of the equipment you might need – and get started straight away.


This is an ancient hobby that remains hugely popular, with lots of quilting groups around the country. But if you’re staying at home, you can still join in with online communities, many of which do virtual sew-alongs so you can still take part in group activities.

It’s pretty easy to get started with quilting; you don’t even need a sewing machine, as you can do it by hand. All you need is some fabric, and you can get started with old clothes. It’s a great hobby as you can enjoy it thoroughly without any specialist equipment (although, of course, there’s plenty of stuff you can buy if you want to!).

You could make a quilt for yourself, or for a present for a family member or friend. Plus, there are schemes such as Project Linus where quilts are given to children in need.


If you haven’t already embarked on knitting as a hobby, you’re about to join a massive community – there are more than 7 million knitters in the UK at the moment.

Not only can you be really creative with the patterns you follow, but you’re also being productive too, making your own clothes or toys for little ones. You will need equipment for this – wool and needles, obviously. But, if you can’t find any wool, you could always unravel an old jumper and re-use the wool.


Crochet has seen a resurgence in recent years, with Facebook groups and YouTube tutorials everywhere you turn – one of the best recommended YouTube experts is Bella Coco.

It’s easy to start, and easy to get addicted to – it just takes a few stitches and you’ve made something, so it’s no wonder it’s a fast hobby to adopt. To get started, all you need is some yarn or wool, a crochet hook, and some scissors.

You can make all sorts of things with crochet, from blankets to hats, scarves, and bags.


Whether you fancy painting a watercolour landscape, a still life of the fruit in your bowl, or some modern techniques with acrylics and oils, painting is a hobby that anyone can get started with, whatever artistic talent you think you have. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the next Rembrandt, as long as you’re enjoying the process.

It can be daunting knowing where to start, so get yourself a good book that explains the basics and give it a go. It’s a great pastime when the weather’s lovely and you can sit outside, but equally enjoyable when it’s raining and you’re indoors.

You will need some kit to get started painting, from paintbrushes to materials and canvases.

Wood craft

If you have some spare wood knocking around – either from your wood stores for your log fire, or perhaps a fallen branch off your tree – then you’ll be surprised how much you could create from one piece. Whittling is a really mindful process, as it requires tiny but precise movements. One you can easily do from your armchair – although it does take some tidying up afterwards – but you’ll be so pleased when you’re cooking dinner using a spoon you made yourself.


Find a bit of paper lying around and off you go with this craft that originated in China nearly 2,000 years ago. Paper folding was originally often religious in nature, but now is a simple craft that doesn’t require much in the way of equipment but does need a lot of concentration and dexterity.


It’s generally recognised as the script from ancient Rome, and a bit of calligraphy can bring words alive. Whether you fancy learning for fun or to create your own pieces of art, practising calligraphy is a beautiful hobby.

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Sophie Knight is Editor of WhatsTheBest and Contributing Editor for Mother&Baby, Closer, Heat, Yours and Empire websites.

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