The Crafter’s Box Subscription Review – January 2020
The Crafter’s Box is a monthly maker subscription box:
As a member of The Crafter’s Box, we’ll send a lovingly kitted box of tools and materials to your doorstep on a monthly basis. Each month we feature a new expert maker and that maker has built for us a unique, grown-up, on-trend project that reflects their artistic style. In addition to the monthly box, our featured maker has created an educational, digital workshop to teach their crafting medium and to offer their tips and tricks.
The best part of this model is the ability to revisit workshops in the future to create again and again. Happy making!
The Crafter’s Box offers three different subscription models:
- Individual Membership: $65.00 per month for a kit of curated tools and materials + a new digital workshop by the featured maker
- Crafter’s Night: $60.00 per person (minimum of 3 people necessary) per month for a group kit of the curated tools and materials sent to one host + individual video access for each person
- Video-Only Access: $20.00 per month for access to the digital workshop created by the featured maker (no tools or materials included)
This review is of the Individual Membership for $65.00 per month.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About The Crafter’s Box
The Subscription Box: The Crafter’s Box
The Cost: $65.00 per month + free US shipping (other plans available from $20.00 per month)
The Products: A shipped kit of curated tools and materials + a new digital workshop by the featured maker of the month
Ships to: The US for free and internationally for varying rates
Good to Know: Membership enrollment is open between the 10th – 20th of each month. Subscriptions automatically renew on the 15th. Projects are designed to be for ages 18+.
The Crafter’s Box January 2020 Review
The Crafter’s Box seems to be what my crafting subscription box dreams are made of! Each month they feature a different, unique craft that is designed with the crafty adult in mind. The items you get to create are thoughtfully curated and created with high-end materials, so that your finished products are modern and luxe.
Let’s take a look inside January’s box – the craft this month is Tunisian Crochet!
First up are three information cards detailing what this box is all about and what is inside it. The featured maker this month is Toni Lipsey, a wonderful crochet designer who I have had the pleasure of meeting in real life – I got to talk to her at a convention last year and she was just as warm and funny in person as she seems online! The video workshop included in the subscription was so well-done this month – Toni was extremely clear and thorough in her instruction, and even though I have never done Tunisian crochet, I was able to start my project with no problems.
We received a small amount of bulky yarn to practice the technique with, which I thought was so thoughtful. I’ve found that my boxes from The Crafter’s Box often include practice materials that you can play with before starting your real project and this extra touch really improves the overall box experience for me.
100% Peruvian Highland Wool in “Walnut”
So much squishy yarn! For the first time, we got to pick our color palette prior to the box being shipped. I chose this neutral tan and brown palette and am so happy with it! They also had a variety of very pretty colorful options if that’s more your thing! We received 300g of the main color and 100g of the contrast color. The yarn did not have labels showing the fiber content, yardage, or care instructions. I thought this was a little bit odd, but I didn’t mind too much because we received a card stating that the fiber was 100% Peruvian Highland Wool.
However, when I was winding my skeins into cakes, a torn fragment of a label fell out of one of the skeins. I did some sleuthing and found that this yarn is, in fact, not nameless wool, but is, in fact, Cascade 220. Cascade is one of the largest yarn brands on the market, and their 220 wool is a very classic base that is a staple for many knitters and crocheters.
Tunisian Crochet Hook
We also received a custom-made wooden Tunisian crochet hook. Tunisian crochet is sort of a hybrid between traditional crochet and knitting – you hook into the yarn like you do in crochet, but you have many live stitches at the same time, like in knitting. Our hook has a long, flexible plastic cord attached to it, with a wooden bead stopper at the end. The wood is very smooth and easy to hold.
The Crafter’s Box always excels in sending us the “extras” for a project, and this month is no exception! We received a metal blunted darning needle that is perfect for weaving in the ends when you are finished with your project.
We also received a set of five locking stitch markers. The blue color is very pretty!
Triangular Shawl Pattern
Finishing out the box is the written pattern. This triangular shawl is perfectly on-trend, with the contrast stripes and mini-fringe all along the outer edge. It looks like something I could pick up in Anthropologie, and I couldn’t wait to start making my version!
The pattern had many full-color photographs showing techniques, which I found to be extremely helpful. I love the video content that is part of The Crafter’s Box, but having quick photo guides is always welcome when trying a new craft.
Now, let’s get crocheting!
Here’s the start of my shawl! The shawl is made up of the same stitch every time, so it was very easy to follow and learn as I went. You start by working the Tunisian simple stitch into each stitch across (with some increases at certain points) until every stitch is on the hook. You then work backward across the row until you have no more loops on your hook. The stitches are very meditative, and I loved the simplicity of how they are worked.
The texture of these stitches is incredible! I love how many layers each stitch seems to have, and the shawl is working up to be dense and warm while still having a lot of soft drape. I was worried that the wool would be scratchy, as Peruvian Highland wool sometimes is, but I was pleasantly surprised at how soft it became once I worked with it.
Verdict: I thought this was such a wonderful box! Yarn crafts will always have a special place in my heart, and this is no exception. The presentation is lovely, and I thought it was great how the box includes absolutely everything you need to do the project. I like that The Crafter’s Box showcases more unique types of crafts than a lot of other craft subscription boxes, and I love that I was able to experiment with a new craft to me. I also really appreciate the modern, upscale vibe that I get from this box – it feels like I’m making and creating for a purpose, rather than just crafting to craft.
For $65.00, we received materials and supplies to create a beautiful crocheted shawl. The box has a very careful curation and extremely well-made video tutorial content. I think this is a very fair price for what we received. Overall, the experience of creating from this box was fantastic and I highly recommend it!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the March 2020 box (if you sign up between February 10th – 20th).
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
What did you think of The Crafter’s Box for January 2020? Let us know in the comments!