Try a new hobby this autumn

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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

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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

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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   

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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

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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

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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?

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Margaret Hart
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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.

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