image

Try a new hobby this autumn

If you find yourself knocking around the house now that the colder weather has pushed us indoors, why not put some of that spare time towards a new hobby?

Autumn is a great time to take on a new project or learn a new skill; we instinctively slow down as winter approaches, and spending an afternoon or evening of activity while warm indoors with a cup of tea can be incredibly relaxing.

Need inspiration? Here’s a few ideas to get you started…

Quilt-making

bigstock-Close-Up-Of-Handmade-Quilt-Sta-3887875

Both creative and practical, quilt-making offers the opportunity to improve your sewing skills, get creative and update the décor in your bedroom or spare bedroom while you’re at it. You can sew by hand if you don’t have a sewing machine, and can experiment with both simple and intricate designs and patterns. If you’re interested in trying it yourself, you can find some tips in our Best of the Web article, Quilt-making for beginners.

Woodworking

bigstock-Fine-woodworking-19431902

If you dream of transforming the garden shed into a full-blown workshop, taking up woodworking is all the excuse you need. Fun, hands-on and satisfying, you can build everything from doors to furniture or cutting boards. Find all you need to get started with woodworking in our Best of the Web guide.

Candle making   

bigstock-Candle-Maker-Work-Bench-37412053

Candles can brighten a room, add atmosphere and even give off warmth on a cold day, so it’s no surprise we love them in our homes through autumn and winter. Though a lovely luxury, candles can also be a costly indulgence – making them yourself from scratch is a great way to cut costs and create scents and votives that suit your home. Learn the basics with our guide to candle making at home.

Scrapbooking

bigstock-scrapbook-elements-25669502

If you’re looking for an activity you can enjoy in front of the television or while listening to the radio, scrapbooking might be right for you. These colourful albums are a great way to preserve memories and get creative using photos and mementos you’ve collected over time. Find tips about everything from supplies to design in our Best of the Web guide to scrapbooking.

Felting

bigstock-Felt-Trees-And-Flowers-Backgro-21961994

If you like the idea of knitting or sewing but find the intricate work too challenging, felting is a great alternative. Because wool felt is sturdy and easy to work with, there’s virtually no limit on what you can create – from wearable creations like broaches and hats to decorative wall hangings, felting is a great way to use your imagination without restriction. Find out more guide to fun with felting.

What are your favourite pastimes?

The following two tabs change content below.

Silversurfer's Assistant Editor

Hello there! I’m Rachel and I’m the Assitant Editor for Silversurfers. I work behind the scenes to bring interesting, informative and entertaining subject matter to the Silversurfers community. I hope you enjoy the features we have shared with you. Please feel free to comment below and share your thoughts with us, we love to hear from you!

Latest posts by Silversurfer's Assistant Editor (see all)

Leave a Comment!

Not a member?

You need to be a member to interact with Silversurfers. Joining is free and simple to do. Click the button below to join today!

Click here if you have forgotten your password
Margaret Hart
27th May 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
I have had lots of hobbies for years but am now finding a lot of pressure in making beautiful jewellery especially with Swarovski crystals and glass pearls. Doing this means you can literally have a set of jewellery to go with every outfit to dress it up or dress it down.
Although good beads are not cheap I manage to get a good deal online especially from Beads Direct who often have good offers but a few others as well but you have to shop around. Many sites give free patterns but you need a printer to be able to print them out. My hobbies work round making cards and pictures, knitting, sewing, photography, reading, patchworking and many other things which I can do with my hands but I am also very interested in politics and current affairs and like to keep up to date. Some of these things can be done alongside each other but others you must give AV test to concentrate on one at a time ie while I. Am making jewellery I make very few cards as bite are very time consuming and when you are getting older I'm afraid energy also decreases.
starbird
14th Jul 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
I too enjoy many hobbies. I am just starting to have a go at Dichroic glass pendants in a microwave kiln. Not easy but I wont give in. I don't know if anyone else does this, but would love some hints and tips if anyone has done this.

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!