They Didn't Used to Be Called Crafts

They Didn't Used to Be Called Crafts

As I was thinking about topics for this blog the other day, I started thinking about all of the crafts that people like to do these days, and how much money we collectively sink into supplies for these so-called craft projects.  The very things we eagerly look forward to doing in our free time used to be common practice in every household.  In a time that seems so disconnected from today, people used to knit their own socks, crochet doilies to be included in valuable dowries, and sew their own clothes from start to finish.  A jeweler was a skilled tradesman, and scrapbooks weren’t called scrapbooks – they were stories.

Now, it doesn’t pay to make your own of much of anything.  Unless you buy leftover fabrics from thrift stores, you aren’t going to make a single thing for anywhere near what you can buy it for at the store.  Although the quality might bet superior, you could buy two or three of the same thing for the cost of supplies.  And what about socks?  No one has time for knitting their own socks anymore, so we buy mass produced stuff fresh off the assembly line.

These “crafts” that we love to do used to be necessities of life, and as our time is further crunched and our resources stretched even thinner, these crafts are looking to go the way of the dinosaurs.  What will happen if we forget these critical skills and the time comes when we need them again?  I hope we don’t have to reinvent the wheel, but it may soon be that we can’t afford to craft anymore, and these skills might be forever lost.