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The Resurgence of Crochet as a Craft

Updated on September 18, 2016

Social Networking Help this Old Fashioned Craft Popular Again

Crochet once regarded as a craft for old folks way back in the 19th century is now being embraced as a hip hobby by 20 something. Quite interesting to note in this age of technology and fast paced media that this humble hobby will catch up in popularity with great passion than what our grandmas did.

Its popularity have produced social networking services that would connect members sharing same excitement and enthusiasm in fibre craft. Ravelry is a free social networking service, beta-launched in May 2007. It functions as an organizational tool for a variety of fibre arts including knitting, crocheting, spinning, and weaving. Wikipedia

According to Wikipedia as of January 2016 its member is nearing 6,000,000.



Internet has Opened Great Source of Creative Ideas to Crafters

The internet abounds with sites where one can be overwhelmed with creative ideas on crocheting. There is Pinterest which has an astounding catalogues of crochet patterns from granny squares, afghans, hats, scarves, bags you name it sky is the limit.

Pinterest is a social network that allows users to visually share, and discover new interests by posting (known as 'pinning' on Pinterest) images or videos to their own or others' boards (i.e. a collection of 'pins,' usually with a common theme) and browsing what other users have pinned. Using a visual orientation, the social network is very much focused on the concept of a person's lifestyle, allowing you to share your tastes and interests with others and discovering those of likeminded people. The social network's goal is to "connect everyone in the world through the 'things' they find interesting." Users can either upload images from their computer or pin things they find on the web using the Pinterest bookmarklet.

There are lots of online tutorial on how to learn the craft of crochet. Youtube is the best way to go to when trying that first attempt to crochet.

On-line store like Etsy and Artfire makes crafters with entrepreneurial spirit offer to a wider scale of audience and make selling handmade items available wherever you are located in the world.

Etsy is a peer-to-peer (P2P) e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies, as well as unique factory-manufactured items. These items cover a wide range, including art, photography, clothing, jewelry, food, bath and beauty products, quilts, knick-knacks, and toys. Many sellers also sell craft supplies such as beads, wire and jewelry-making tools. All vintage items must be at least 20 years old.[2] The site follows in the tradition of open craft fairs, giving sellers personal storefronts where they list their goods for a fee of US$0.20 per item.[3]

ArtFire.com is a marketplace, craft and maker community where people from around the world come together to buy, sell and interact. Located in the heart of the Tucson Arts District, ArtFire partners with Maker House to offer a community creative destination that supports local makers and indie businesses.

The internet abounds with sites where one can be overwhelmed with creative ideas on crocheting. There is Pinterest which has an astounding catalogues of crochet patterns from granny squares, afghans, hats, scarves, bags you name it sky is the limit.

Pinterest is a social network that allows users to visually share, and discover new interests by posting (known as 'pinning' on Pinterest) images or videos to their own or others' boards (i.e. a collection of 'pins,' usually with a common theme) and browsing what other users have pinned. Using a visual orientation, the social network is very much focused on the concept of a person's lifestyle, allowing you to share your tastes and interests with others and discovering those of likeminded people. The social network's goal is to "connect everyone in the world through the 'things' they find interesting." Users can either upload images from their computer or pin things they find on the web using the Pinterest bookmarklet.

There are lots of online tutorial on how to learn the craft of crochet. Youtube is the best way to go to when trying that first attempt to crochet.

Subtle Reason Why More Women are Back to Crochet

With this new wave of crochet fanatics there must be something good beyond the rhythmic physical movement.

Neuroscientist Dr Sarah McKay says crafts such as knitting and crochet offer therapeutic benefits by soothing the mind.

“Knitting and crochet, with that rhythmical physical movement, is very mindful, so you pay attention to what you’re doing, and that reduces stress,” says Sydney-based McKay, creator of the Your Brain Health website.

“And mindfulness is a way to mentally and physically calm your nervous system down. It stops you ruminating and narrating all the time.”

For learners, McKay says crafting also has the benefit of building up your brain’s resilience to ageing by offering a cognitive challenge.

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      Nichole 

      23 months ago

      Well done Sheila ! Great reading. Your crochet items look awesome.

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      Sheila McDowall 

      23 months ago from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia

      I'm glad I have my first hub featured. I would like to hear comments from you. Coming up with my next hub about travel.

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