My Mum and Dad

My Mum and Dad
Charladies Ball abt 1956/57

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Is Crafts Dying Out

I haven't been doing too much research of late, but have started to think about crafts
I knit & doing quilting my mum was a great knitter & knitted in to her 90s
I am at present working on some hand knitted socks which i been lucky enough to get as a paying order this started me thinking about how our ancestors would make things for themselves or to sell
Does anyone have items that has been made by a ancestor such as a quilt or even some cross-stitch or embroidery
I wonder if any of my work will be kept & my Gt Gt Grandchildren will be talking about it or will it be like a lot of things these days just throw away
I wonder how many do actual do or want hand-made gifts I know that some people don't like or appreciate things made by hand me I am one who does as even things which are not to my taste I can appreciate the time & effort that gone in to an item.
My children & grandchildren don't wear my hand-knitted items & not many even want a quilt or something else so I don't do as much for family as my mum use to with her knitting, I guess most people prefer to go & buy their items from shops.
So would you prefer an item hand-made & do you think it becoming a lost art compared to when most people did it out of necessity
You can see my hand-made item on my craft blog click   here   to go to it


DianaR said...

Hi ~
I don't think people knit so much any more, but quilting is still very big at least where I live (midwestern US) My mom took up quilting after she retired and I have a wonderful quilt of hers on my bed right now!!

Rae Ann said...

I love quilting and family history. It is often hard for me to choose between the two. I cherish the beautiful things that have been passed down to me from my gr grandmother and grandmother.
You may want to visit my 2nd blog... Stash Manicure where the theme was Scraps from the Past and women have shared their stories about the quilts that were handed down to them.

Anonymous said...

I think it is all becoming slowly but surely a lost art. I too love hand made gifts. We even did an 'hand made' give year, (not my idea), but the funny thing was, I was literally the only one who made things. It was obvious that everone loved the idea, but that was is. it was the idea, because whenthey got said gifts, they could have cared less, except for my mom and my grandpa. Anyway. make me anything anyday, and even if it's ugly, I'd love it. because i love the craft, the person, and the effort of love it took to make it. And it's usually heavily thought over and prayerd over. something else that's been lost.