Discussion: Getting Crafty
Kel Monday, May 11, 2015 discussionI've been working on sewing a totepack over the last week. (Fingers crossed it will finally end today.) It's had me thinking about the role of handcrafts in our society. My mom crochets baby blankets and does a little hand-sewing repair work here and there, and my dad strings tennis rackets, but other than that, we're not a super crafty family. I learned how to crochet and embroider and use a sewing machine in a high school class, but I didn't do much after. Which is part of why this bag is taking so long. :P
I read somewhere that a bunch of millennials are adopting as hobbies what were, essentially, chores to their grandparents. I guess I kind of fall into that group. I like learning how to make things. But it's definitely a process, like anything, learning the skills and getting better and faster.
I like that learning to sew and crochet and stuff lets you make customized creations, but I'm not about to eschew all manufactured products and take up residence in an off-the-grid cabin or anything. I love how precise and convenient machine-made products are. I like having both options. Machine-made when it's cheaper, faster, and suits my needs, and handmade when what I want either isn't available or is way too expensive. :)
Do you do any handcrafts or other "old-time" hobbies like gardening, woodwork, etc.? How do you choose what items to make and what to buy?