Check out 5 local businesses for creative hobbies to try in 2024

Start your year off with a new creative endeavor by checking out these local businesses for classes and materials.

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Get lost in the world of miniature railroads at Model Train Crossing.

We love kicking off a new year with new hobbies, tapping into our creative sides, and exploring crafts with the help of local organizations. Check out these five Fort Worth businesses to take workshops and stock up on materials to get creative.

Model Train Crossing, 1113 W. Pipeline Rd., Hurst
Deck out your model train set up with tracks, locomotives, and miniature buildings. Plus, check out the Cowcatcher Division of the National Model Railroad Association to meet other local model train enthusiasts. The next meeting is Saturday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. in Forest Hill.

Ephemera Plant Shop, 1208 W. Magnolia Ave.
You don’t need a green thumb to create your own botanical wonderland or fairy village with daily, step-by-step terrarium workshops. Choose from a variety of plants, colored rocks, mosses, and tiny toys to bring your creation to life.

The Worthy Co., 1216 S. Lake St.
Make a candle suited to your liking with a candle-pouring class. Choose your vessel (or bring your own) and pick a fragrance. Bonus: 100% of proceeds from classes benefit local survivors of trafficking.

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Explore all colors and types of yarn and fibers for your next project at West 7th Wool.

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West 7th Wool, 3612 W. 7th St.
Become a textile expert at this boutique for fine yarn and handcrafted fibers. Take classes in knitting, crocheting, weaving, and yard spinning. Don’t forget to sign up for one of the thread-spinning workshops with Julie Drogsvold from Tuesday, Feb. 13 to Friday, Feb. 16.

Rug Ratz, 6816 Camp Bowie W. Blvd.
Functional art — yes, please. Learn how to turn your custom design into TikTok-trending home decor with a rug tufting class. Workshops are priced based on the size of the rug.

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