Crafting ! Is it becoming a lost art?

As sad as it may be-Crafting is quickly becoming a lost art.

Just answer this simple question. How many young people do you know that knit and crochet? Lets divide it up into age groups.

  • under ten ____
  • teens ____
  • in their twenty ____
  • in their thirties ____
  • in their forties ____

Just what I thought. The numbers are pretty sad aren't they ?

It's easily explainable. Todays life style is just too busy. The households of today are mainly put together of two working partners.

Look at how much time is used up just trying to make the average home run smoothly.

It also seems that people have to travel further from home to work, I guess that's because the work fields are more specific.

I would assume that the majority of crafter of the past would have been women. Therefore lets have a quick peak at a working mothers average day : Get-up and get ready for the day. Get the kids ready for school, make lunches, drop the gang off at school. Get to the workplace . Pick-up kids from school . Prep something for supper, eat. Drop the kids off at soccer, hockey or ballet. Get groceries for the next few days. Pick-up kids, supervise and help with homework . Throw in a load of laundry . Ready the little rug rats for bed, bedtime story . Whew, now it's nine o'clock. Is it time to set up the sewing machine onto the kitchen table ? Heck no , by the time every-things set up it's time to put it all away again . Hey it's now ten , fold up that laundry and get ready for bed just so it can start again tomorrow....

The average life just doesn't leave time or energy for crafting anymore.

It's gotten so far that hand crafts aren't in fashion anymore (unless it's home decor)either. Years back, people who couldn't or didn't craft went to church bazaars or craft stores etc. to get the hand-knit sweaters or tole painted flowerpot.

One of my friends came by last week all upset because the second hand clothes store she just visited had racks and racks of hand knitted sweaters and baby bonnet sets, very obviously they had never been worn or used . Those items that someone had worked over with love for many,many hours were not appreciated. Even the almost pennies only, price tags didn't inspire people to buy these hand-made items anymore.

I wonder how many of these traditional skills will be lost forever? Will the next generation be able to "reinvent" the crafts of yesteryear?

Unfortunately with the disappearance of crafts comes the loss of family closeness too. The time Moms, Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas show and teach the little sprouts how it's made by hand ...

That amazing feeling of having accomplished a project with ones own hands will also be lost.

I would guess and hope there will always be the true crafting professional and some of us old-timers who will not give up on crafting no matter what. We have to come up with a plan of resurrecting the love of crafts.

Let's face it a manufactured machine quilted cover might look nice , same as that machine knitted scarf and hat set, but the personal touch, the love that someone poures into a creation can never be produced in a factory.

So crafters young and old I challenge you all. It's up to us to invite, show, and teach the next generations everything we know.

If fashion flips and decides to feature handicrafts again, maybe somehow the world will dig up an hour or two in which to resurrect the lost art of crafting...

Oh!I gotta go, there comes my seven year old granddaughter for her first embroidery lesson.

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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

brsmom68, so glad you stopped in for a visit. I love to give hand made gifts and work on them all year round. It is hard, as you said its not an easy task in this day and age for most to find the time to be creative and to craft.

regards Zsuzsy


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brsmom68 6 years ago from Alberta, Canada

I have been a crafter ever since I can remember. My grandma taught me how to knit by the time I was six; to crochet when I was eight; and sew when I was nine or ten. I am in my early forties now, and have crocheted, sewn, embroidered, etc. for most of my life. I am trying to get my son to crochet, as he needs to keep his hands busy while watching tv...our remotes will thank me for it. My daughter likes to sew to a point, but likes woodworking more. It doesn't matter if we have boys or girls...they all need to be taught a craft or two...what they do with the skills later in life is up to them.

I only wish I had the time to do all of the things I enjoy.

Great point, and let me say I will do what I can to put the handmade items under the tree again next year. I didn't have time to do a lot, but managed to make my daughter a toque and scarf set...which she proudly wears every cold day.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

C.S.Alexis! I'm always glad for a new visitor. I'll need to check out your woodburning hub too. regards Zsuzsy


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C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

We live in the age of SPEED. The time factor is a major player in the loss of crafting. We also live in a DISPOSIBLE generation or era. When we get tired of something we go out and buy another, new something. It seems we care more about the glitter than we do the gold.

I have to admit that I purchased a highspeed woodburning tool because I can burn 10Xs faster. I will say that it did not come at a cheap price. A better tool for woodburning can create a higher quality artwork. There is more detail and versitility with my high tech burner. I do still have the old woodburners. That is what I used for 30 years. I am sentimentally attached and they still work so I lend them out to people in hopes of producing more crafters! Great Hub. Thanks for touching on this subject.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Chatterbox! Thanks for your comment

regards Zsuzsy


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Chatterbox 8 years ago from New York City

Crafting is not a lost art. I still craft, sew, crochet, draw, make jewelry, now I knit on a loom. It's a round loom called a knitwit. I have a set in different sizes, and so easy to use. I'm working on a scarf, and I keep it on the little table next to my recliner, so I can work on it during those annoying commercials on tv. I come from a long line of creative women, my Mom, my grandmother my aunt, cousins, etc. I'm retired now, so I have more time on my hands. My supply of fabric, yarn, and craft stuff is taking over my house. My sewing machine is always open and ready. Never know when I'm inspired to make something. As a matter of fact, my grandson wants me to make him a bookbag for school. I just bought some denim to make it, he did ask for blue, and denim is sturdy. Now just to get started on it. I'm bored if I not creating something, I guess it's in my blood.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Lizzie! Scrapbooking, I'm told has taken a turn down when the dollarstores got into selling the items for it.

We need to put hand-work back into fashion

thanks for taking a look

regards Zsuzsy


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Lissie 8 years ago from New Zealand

I think crafts come and go in fashion - I quit crochet because the world didn't need anymore intricate white cotton dollies ROTFL. Now I see you actually get modern patterns which someone under 70 might even wear - they weren't around when I was 25! I took up knitting again because of the wonderful new yarns you can get and the effects you can create with just basic stichs. Scrapbooking didn't exist (well not in NZ or Australia) when I was growing up - now its everywhere. I think the point is about making something with your hands not just buying it!


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

In the Doghouse! I'm sorry! I don't know what happened to the comment I left for you> It just didn't show up. It's great that your teenager is able to make handmade gifts. I don't think there is anything nicer then when someone has actually spent time making something for me.

thanks for coming and having a look

regards Zsuzsy 


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thanks for taking a look CGull. Your right we're all getting to gadget-e-fied for our own good. Soon they'll come up with a gadget to replace our thinking grey matter also then we'll be machines--wait a minute maybe we are already (work eat sleep work eat sleep...).

regards Zsuzsy


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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

It is true Zsuzsy I see a decline also around my area and even in my family, they are too busy with gadgets now.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Isabella! I'm glad you're back to your sassy self. I missed your presence in the HUBs. Thanks for coming and taking a look.

regards Zsuzsy


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Isabella Snow 8 years ago

Im crafty, but not that kind of crafty. ;)


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California

Zsuzsy Bee

As a fellow crafter I agree that the crafting industry is becoming a lost art. Last Christmas my teenage daughter was low on funds so I broke out the muslin and embrodiery floss. She crafted some really cute items for her friends and framed them with some fairly inexpensive frames. She felt so good about her accomplishment and about the gifts she could give that year. Necessity is the mother of all invention, I guess. I am a "died in the wool" sentimentalist. Some of my most prized possesions are the hand made quilts my grandmother made. I have taught my children about their great-grandmother and have referred to her work continually. I feel, as they come to understand the love that went into each stitch of the quilt, they too will come to know their ancestor more fully. Thanks for the HUB. By the way, I love your name... I collect Bee Hives because I love the symbolism of them.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Whitney! What type of beads etc. do you have. Just for fun You might try using them in different applications. For example I use the tiny glass seed beads by sewing them onto my crazy quilt Christmas stockings instead of maybe a bracelet or such... A change of venue might just get some of your artsy juices flowing. Oh by the way thanks, this has just given me an other HUB idea.

Zs


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Patty! I will check for those needles. They sound like fun.

As for the contest. I will think about it.(don't tell anyone but I will have to learn how to get pictures etc onto HUBs first. My goal for the next while is to master the digital camera and all that goes with it.)

Zs


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia

Zsuzsy- I still have plenty! Ha. I have four cases of beads with all the beading supplies. I just lost interest really. But, I can't bare to part with them. Ha. And, yes I am pretty busy- school, hubs, and animals. Ha.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

I forget where I saw them - perhaps on www.knitwits.com Freinds have some but I work in the dark OK. But, one day I'll get some. Their neat to see in the dark. Tiny Light Sabres!

I don't have a lot of yarn, but many people do. Perhaps you could take picitures of yor projects and yarn collections and make a hub. You could have a Yarn Stash contest. Who has the most or most varied. sort of thing. What would be the prize?

We could make up some sort of certificate and post it. LOL it might be fun. ...or too much work, hahahaha


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Patty! Needles that light up in the dark? I missed those. I'm bad I have usually anywhere from 5 - 6 active projects on the go. I work on depending what my plans are . If I want to watch a movie by myself I keep the lights on then I might quilt or embroider. If my gang is around, naturally the lights have to off then I'll knit or crochet... Thanks for coming by

regards Zsuzsy


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

Have you seen those knitting needles that light up in the darK? They are pretty useful.

Crocheting is faster for me, but knitting is coming along. I'd also like to have a floor loom. I had a tabletop version as a child. It was my favorite.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Whitney! You are too busy right now, with studies, hubs and all... don't sell your supplies, soon you will want to get back to crafting too.

regards Zsuzsy


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia

I used to be a BIG crafter! Glass bead jewelry. hemp. All sorts of stuff. My dad bought me this HUGE thing of hemp from ebay when i was like 10, and I never put a dent in it. Ended up selling it last year (10 years later) on ebay. My beads. I've sold some, but kept my favorites. Those too, my dad spent money on ebay buying big lots. I even tried to crochet, but at this point, I was about out of it. I quit as soon as I hit a stump. I wish I hadn't. I still have all the supplies though; something in my won't sale. Ha.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Yarntales! Great to hear. I don't think we have to be put onto the endagered list yet . Thanks for your comments

regards Zsuzsy


yarntales 8 years ago from NY

I love the idea for this hub. Unfortunately, much of what you say is true. However, there has been a resurgence of knitting among the late teens, early 20s. I don't knit much, but I do crochet, quilt and scrapbook.

I know so many people that do crafts. I really don't think it is in any danger of dying out. I didn't do as much crafts (when i did it was counted cross stitch) when my kids were young. It wasn't til more about 2000 that I got back into crocheting and learned to read a pattern.

I almost always have a great reception to anything homemade that I give to others. And I love to give my creations away.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

MoralEthics! Just keep trying. The old saying 'practice makes perfect' is no-where truer than in crafting.

regards Zsuzsy


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MoralsEthics1960 8 years ago from Florida

It is a great art that I keep trying to master.

Keep it alive

Only wish you were closer sso I could Learn more.

So many tmes I wish I had listened and watched more closely to my MawMaw.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Kat07! Deal, will do.

regards Zsuzsy


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Kat07 8 years ago from Tampa

ZsuZsy Bee, that's your next hub! How to crochet Granny Squares!!! I'll do it and send you the photo if you Hub it!


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Kat07! You need a crafting fix? I've got an idea. Come up with something for that new house of yours. As you're just newly married and new to your home, I'm sure it could use a little touch of softening here or there. If its something for your new nest you'd have extra motivation to finish it. I gathered from a previous comment that you crochet. Do you know how to granny square? I always seem to have one of these throws on the go. Instead of making little squarres and then having to sew dozens of them together I just continue on and on but change into a new color after every round. Only because I'm always trying to use up all my left over little odds and end of yarn. Again there is no rule and you can make it all one colour or minor shade changes only. I have tons of ideas If you would like a list just e-mail me.regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Abhinaya! I can't sit ever without something to do with my hands. So even watching a movie I'm either knitting or crocheting in the dark.

I'm glad you came by regards Zsuzsy


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Kat07 8 years ago from Tampa

Zsuzsy Bee, I need a crafting fix! : )


Abhinaya 8 years ago

I don't know about others but I fall under all the categories you have asked for.Craft is one of my passions.I still do it and teach one of my son's teachers too.I have been at it right from age three which improved over the years and now I can knit and crochet even without looking at the needles.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Thooghun! glad you came by. You said it right Quick-everything is the name of the game today.

regards Zsuzsy


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thooghun 8 years ago from Rome, Italy

Zsuzsy!

Yes, it underscores, as you say, the quality of life we seem to lead today. Quantity over quality. Quick fixes. On-the-fly.

Quite sad really.

Great Hub, Thoog.

(and I want more poetry! ;) )


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Kat07! I can understand your dilemma. It's hard to find time for extras. I've been lucky as I had a tailor shop where everything was all set up. Also I offered sewing, quilting, knitting, and crafting lessons in the evenings and weekends so I always got my fill of "crafting".

regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Marye! My have to have list includes a large floor loom and the how to lessons. That and stained glass are what I still want to learn. One of these years it will happen. I just love every type of hand made item. Unfortunately time is really a major factor for most.

Thanks for taking a look regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Mr.M. I don't want to offend you but that way of thinking is a nail in the coffin of hand made items. I guess it all depends of what you are looking for. i.e. I could spend 89.99 for a machine pieced quilt that in all likelyhood will disintegrate after 15-20 washings or I can make a handmade quilt that will be a family heirloom that even my granddaughters as adults would be proud to display and use 20-25 years from now. I might spend up to a 100.00 dollars on fabric and notions. It's obvious which would be a better bargain. Buying that same hand made quilt would still be a bargain at double or even triple the price. Sorry I'm really passionate about hand art of any sort being compared to mass produced junk.

Glad you came to have a look regards Zsuzsy


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Kat07 8 years ago from Tampa

It's a good point, ZsuZsy Bee. I learned at a young age to weave, crochet, counted-cross stitch, sew, assemble wreaths, etc. I find today that I have very little time for these things as a working wife. And I don't even have kids yet! At this very moment there is a skein of yarn with a hook in it waiting for me.


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Marye Audet 8 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

good hub! I spin, knit, crochet, and sew...as well as other crafts. It is part of making the time to do it.

:)


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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

One of the concerns are the time against the cost

Your time and China or India cost.

I use to sell many craft books and now days very little

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