Crafting supplies that you recommended for knitting, embroidery and more

My hobbies are television, technology (ok Twitter and Instagram) and fitness. I don’t consider myself crafty and am not skilled at making things. I tried embroidering last year but getting the basic stitches right was difficult. There are different kinds of stitches and I couldn’t get the hang of any of them. When my son was a baby I went to a stitch and bitch meeting for knitting but the women there were so advanced I was intimidated. They were patient and showed me basic stitching. It wasn’t something I was motivated to continue.

My mom is a quilter, she makes beautiful quilts and I have her pieces hanging in my house along with an amazing bedspread her best friend gave me. I am so impressed by the work they do but my god it looks complicated! You have to do that for years to be competent and I don’t even own a sewing machine.

With all that in mind, here are some crafting products I found on Amazon, including many things recommended to me on Twitter. Thank you to everyone who talked to me about this! I appreciate your help so much, especially LaUnicaAngelina, Emily, LovesPolitics and FrauSonne, who found us through The Royally Obsessed Podcast, when Kaiser was a guest. Love to all of you art bombers, pussy hat knitters and rock painters. You spread joy and art.

A book with patterns to inspire your embroidery
FrauSonne recommended Subversive Cross Stitch, which has plenty of patterns that motivate me to want to learn how to do this. Patterns include “Rat Bastard,” “Please Kill Me,” “I Hope You Choke” and “You Lie Like a Cheap Rug.” Reviewers love the patterns of course and say it’s easy to follow. One crafter writes “The content is not only helpful to new cross stitcher, it had my LOLing at every page.” Other awesome pattern books include Feminist Icon Cross Stitch (this one comes out next week!) and this Retro Christmas Cross Stitch book for cute gifting projects.

An embroidery floss organizer with stickers to keep track of thread
This organizer and floss winder was a recommendation. It comes with stickers with the DMC thread numbers to use. Users write that it’s a great price, that it’s a must-have for organizing embroidery projects, and that it keeps thread visible and untangled. Some people say that it’s poorly constructed, so you may want to research alternatives like this one.

A set of kniting and crochet hooks with a pretty case
This $10.99 set of crochet hooks is the number one best seller on Amazon in knitting. People write that these are “the best crochet needles I tried so far,” and that the needles are ergonomic and comfortable to hold. One person writes that “I am an absolute beginner and I have found this kit to be so helpful.” Here’s another set of crochet hooks that have over 900 positive reviews.

An easy-to-follow crochet book for beginners
Purchasers say that this book is “very simple to understand with lots of beautifully colored pictures,” and call it “easy to follow” and “a great reference.” Here’s another book for beginners that is also highly rated and this was also recommended.

A mini yarn set with 20 colors

This 100% premium cotton yarn features 20 colors and 65 total yards. Reviewers call them a “good buy” for variety, “perfect for scrap projects,” “super soft,” and “very good quality.”

Faux fur poms to accent your knitted creations
These faux fur poms are just $12.99 for 12 and are a fun and versatile addition to handmade hats, gloves, scarves and more. They come in different colors and have a loop for easy attachment. Crafters call them the “perfect size for hats,” “well made” and with “natural colors.” Some warn that they may have missing loops.

A kit to get you started scrapbooking
Scrapbooking can be expensive when you factor in the cost of all the supplies. This all-in-one kit features everything you need to create a unique and meaningful photobook gift. It has a blank book, gifting box, scissors, stickers, stencils, pens and accents. The kit and scissors are safe enough that kids can use them too. People call it an “awesome starter kit,” that’s of the “highest quality,” which looks “beautiful in person.” It also makes a very nice gift on its own. Other affordable options for all-in-one scrapbooking kits include this and this.

Thanks again to everyone who helped me with this affiliate post! I know it’s somewhat random. Honorable mentions include embroidery hoops, Sharpie oil-based paint markers, acrylic paint markers, liquid chalk markers and chalkboard paint.


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  1. Erinn says:

    Love this. I’ve been wanting to start some sweary needle point lately. I actually ended up ordering some floss/needles the other day. Just need to get my loop and fabric.

    • delphi says:

      If anyone needs help or advice with all things fiber arts/craftsy, hit me up! My day job is actually working at a shop that sells looms, spinning wheels, yarn, fiber…so I live in this world all day, every day. I am more than happy to be a trouble-shooter/agony aunt. Tis my lot in life.

      I’m just finishing my second “Find Your Fade” shawl with yarns I accumulated from Malabrigo and Miss Babs…I’m horribly in love with bright, noxious color and this shawl is everything I adore. 🙂 Also just finished a (shhhh) gift for Mr. Delphi…a cross-stitched World of Warcraft shield, half Alliance emblem, half Horde. Because we’re both nerds.

      • Mjp3kids says:


        So excited to hear you just did the find your fade shawl. I bought the night shift pattern and am looking for something a little bit more cost effective than the spincycle yarns. Kit is $300 CAD. I was thinking Malabrigo because that’s what a lot of people on Ravelry used. But I have no clue how to choose colours for it!

      • delphi says:

        MJP, the best way to do it is find one base color you love (for me, that’s typically always green), and look for yarns that have that same shade through it. Then, you can adjust your project as it goes with other colors in the variegation. Mine has been all over the map, but this really funky, neon seafoam green has been in every single colorway.

        Man, I love this kind of stuff. <3 You should definitely check out Plucky Knitter, KnitPicks, Miss Babs (she's in Tennessee but ships all over the world), and yes…Malabrigo. And I'm sure there are some awesome indie dyers in Canada you can find. I found some last summer while on vacation up in Ontatio through Yarn Harlot's blog.

      • Kmking says:

        If you really don’t mind questions…… I want to crochet a baby blanket for a friend of my daughter. I’d really like to use a soft organic cotton yarn. I’m kind of housebound (in a wheelchair, live alone) and it drives me insane that I can’t just go to a local store to actually put my hands on the yarn and feel how soft (or not) it is. Would you have any recommendations for a specific brand I should be looking for online? Please and Thank you!

  2. PhillyGal says:

    I am not crafty at all. In my next life, I hope I will create beautiful things.

  3. StellainNH says:

    I used to counted cross stitch but having kids got me too distracted. After seeing The Subversive Cross stitch, I may have to get back into it.

    I am an avid crocheter and here is my advise—
    If you are going to it out, don’t go hog wild on the hooks, needles and yarn. Take baby steps. Go to your local yarn shop or craft store, feel the yarn and ask an associate about the products. They will help you.
    With crochet and knitting. There are loads of tutorials on YouTube. TheCrochetCrowd has a ton of crochet ones that are pretty good. Just start with the basics. There are loads of beautiful patterns out there. Keep it simple first.

    Check out your local library. Many have groups that meet once a week. They are wonderful people who are willing to help out a newbie.

  4. fifee says:

    Cross stitch used to be my thing, eventually gave up though after stitching a baby announcement which took months because i HATED the damned thing. Still got a huge tub of kits, patterns and linens. Will I throw it out? Never!

    Im more into knitting now, still pretty much a beginner by all accounts but love knitting hats, cowls & socks. My most loved knitting item is my Chiaogoo Twist circular needles. They were pretty expensive for what they are but they look and feel that they will withstand just about anything and the one item I would suggest either buying for yourself if you knit or have a close friend / relative that does. Oh, lovely soft, soft yarn is a must also!

    Youtube has been a saviour for me when learning knitting as I dont have anyone else to show me the ropes. VeryPink Knits on Youtube is a great resource, she goes through the steps slowly and repeats them a number of times through the video. Theres a number of other tutorials out there, just depends on your learning style. Theres also a ton of vlogs on youtube too to inspire you. Ravelry (you need an account but its free) is a wealth of patterns & forums with a place to keep track of your knitting stash and any patterns you buy.

    • lucy2 says:

      I used to do very complicated cross stitch, and did 2 for my BFF’s kids when they were born. It took forever! I don’t think most people appreciate the hours of work that go into those. I still have a lot of the supplies, but I don’t see myself doing anymore, so it might be time to sell what’s left. Though the subversive ones are so funny I kind of want to try them…

  5. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’d like a 5×7 rug out of those poms please.

  6. Esmom says:

    I’m not very crafty but my sister and her friends used to do a craft night once a month when we were in our 20s and it was so much fun. Decoupaging picture frames and little boxes was one of my favorite things that I could manage without too much difficulty. Very relaxing.

    They also got me into embroidery. I can only do very basic stitches but I’ve done ok. It’s been awhile but this polar vortex, along with a growing frustration with social media, has me motivated to start doing it again. Sublime Stitching has some of the cutest patterns. I love camping, woodland and retro children’s book drawing themes.

    • megs283 says:

      I love sublime stitching! I got into embroidery but then kids… I need to carve out some time 1x a week to nourish my creative side. It withers pretty easily. 🙂

      • Esmom says:

        It does wither…I also really need to spend more time on my creative side. I just ordered tea towels and some new embroidery patterns so I’m gearing up to get going again. Hopefully you can, too!

  7. Miasys says:

    Thanks for posting this! I just bought a bunch of circular and double point knitting needle sets off Amazon but haven’t had a chance to try them out yet. The price was great. I knit, sew, and have recently gotten back into bullet journaling. I used to embroider & cross stitch but my vision’s so deteriorated that i had to stop. I love the skincare and other recommendation posts too!

  8. Jekelly says:

    I really love craftsy too, they have some awesome online classes (you do have to pay but they are often on sale). Theres also tons of free tutorials on YouTube. I find knitting and crochet so relaxing and a stress reliever.

  9. Skittlebrau says:

    Try needle felting! Easy, adorable, fairly inexpensive and the joy of just stabbing, stabbing, stabbing something for hours . . . So satisfying.

  10. launicaangelina says:

    Yay! I totally forgot to tell you why I recommended the items I did. I refurbish furniture and this sounds super weird, but I paint animal skulls and horns. You can see my skulls/horns on Instagram @artecalavera.

  11. Hnmmom says:

    I am not creative but LOVE paint by numbers. Check out on Amazon, I love the kits by Plaid Creates (get the 16×20 ones so you don’t have to mix paints and a set of small detail brushes). It’s so relaxing and I don’t stress about if I’m using right colors, etc. I can listen to podcasts and just chill out.

    • Katie says:

      Yessss! I’ve been doing paint by numbers for years. Just like an hour or so at night for stress relief – when I have time. It takes a while to finish a painting at my rate, but afterwards you have an awesome painting that looks professional.

  12. lucy2 says:

    I knit and crochet, only simple patterns for each, I like to do it mindlessly while watching a movie or something. I’m about 1/3 of the way through a chenille blanket for a friend, it’s a good thing to do in the winter! I’ve found crocheting to be much faster than knitting, though I like the look of knitting better.
    If anyone likes to do this sort of thing but isn’t sure what to do, and your friends and family don’t need yet another scarf, there are a bunch of charities you can knit or crochet for.

    • Esmom says:

      That’s so nice that you’re making a blanket for a friend. Chenille is the bomb! I love scarves and my most treasured one was a really beautiful and soft cable knit one that my sister made. I left it behind a a swim meet a couple years ago and still miss it so much!

      I wish i had the the skills you do. My mom and sister do, and my grandmother did. I used to crochet with her in the nursing home but somehow the knowledge and repetition didn’t “take” and when I look at it at home it just baffles me, lol.

      • lucy2 says:

        I made one for her baby and she kept joking about stealing it from him, so I’m making one for her too, lol. The chenille is nice and cozy.
        Have you tried any of the youtube tutorials? I’ve learned a few stitches from those, they’re pretty helpful, and you can rewatch as needed.

      • Esmom says:

        Aw, that’s so sweet. I have not tried YouTube, that’s a great idea. Thanks!