While no app could be fairly expected to replace the hands-on intuitiveness and sense of satisfaction that comes from traditional crafting, its digital counterpart can nonetheless prove a useful companion in the quest to knit the perfect sweater.
Here are ten apps that will not only give analog crafting a run for its money, but can also assist you with non-digital endeavors such as knitting and beading. Click “more” to read on.
Create and print personalized greeting cards, invitations, announcements, and more with Martha Stewart CraftStudio, a mess-free alternative for the modern day crafter.
Martha Stewart CraftStudio includes a whole host of goodies, such as glitter, stickers and decorative punches, along with four free themes to get you started. Additional themes are available to buy via an in-app purchase, which can then be mixed and matched according to taste, resulting in a truly unique one-off design.
Developer: Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.
I seriously suck at scrapbooking but would love nothing more than to make my very own scrapbook. However, whenever I try, I end up with more glue and embellishments on myself than on the darn paper. Luckily for me, there is an app that can rectify this: ScrapPad.
ScrapPad will help you make a professional-looking scrapbook without feeling the need to tear your hair out, and the best part is, you don’t even have to tidy up afterwards! At $4.99, this app is a steal, especially when you consider the expense and frustration of real-life crafting.
Developer: Album tArt
Learn how to knit, sew, quilt, and more from the comfort of your home with Craftsy, a video-based, interactive online class. Craftsy is just like attending a real class where you can take notes and participate in discussions, the only difference being is that if you’re having trouble understanding something, all you’ve got to do is press rewind!
Unfortunately, not all of the classes featured in Craftsy are free, with some costing as much as $50, however, when you factor in the amount it would cost to attend a class in real life, these online classes are well worth the money.
Developer: Sympoz, Inc.
Sell your wares via Etsy, an online marketplace featuring all manner of crafts. Setting up your very own shop is easy, taking just a matter of minutes before you’re up and running.
Prefer not to sell your work? Spend a few hours browsing Etsy and immerse yourself in all things handmade. Just don’t blame me if (or should I say when) you max out your credit card!
Developer: Etsy, Inc.
Mollie Makes is a British magazine that’s popular with crafters across the globe. Each issue is jam-packed full of inspiration, and features tutorials, interviews, and more that will have you reaching for your knitting needles in no time.
Digital magazines have definitely risen in popularity as of late, with most titles now available for purchase through Apple’s Newsstand.
Knitting is hard. Well, I think so, anyway. I still haven’t mastered the art of knitting in the round after almost two years of trying, and don’t even get me started on Fair Isle. Yikes. Never fear, as the saying goes, there’s an app for that, namely Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook.
Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook will transform even the most hopeless of knitters into seasoned professionals in no time, using slideshows and plain old text to make the learning process as quick and pain-free as possible.
Developer: Inkling Systems, Inc.
Keep track of your ever-growing yarn, needle, and hook collection with Ewe Stash. I have lost count of the amount of times that I’ve visited my local craft store and accidentally purchased something that I already have at least one of back home. Ewe Stash remedies this by logging every item in your inventory to ensure that there are no unnecessary duplicates, and that you will never run out of yarn mid-project ever again!
Ewe Stash makes it easy to keep your stash organized, and includes automatic list suggestions to minimize typing. You can even add a photograph to view each shade of yarn instead of rummaging through skein upon skein of wool every time you wish to start knitting or crocheting something new.
How to Bead is the grown-up alternative to all those hours spent during childhood making necklaces and bracelets with chunky, colorful beads. Now, you can now while away the hours making intricate jewelry instead, using How to Bead’s clear step-by-step guides.
How to Bead has plenty of free patterns suited for beginners, and is an excellent app for those looking for a new hobby or pastime.
Developer: Sergey Burlakov
Design and print 3D figures with Foldify, which can then be folded into shape and shared with friends. Foldify includes a ton of free content, enabling you to make quirky, individual characters, or alternatively, draw your own for a one-of-a-kind design.
You can also showcase your figures online or browse, rate, and print out the work of others.
StitchSketch enables you to digitally design your own pattern chart for cross stitch, knitting, beading, or whatever else takes your fancy, which can then be converted to a PDF file and printed out or shared.
StitchSketch is the only app that I’ve found that will let you upload your own photograph and turn it into a pattern, and saves drawing each design out by hand which, as you well know, can be rather frustrating at times.
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