We love how knitting, crocheting, and crafting in general have taken off in recent years. Specialty yarns and craft supplies have become easier to locate, and perhaps more importantly, crafting buddies have become easier to find as well. We definitely believe in the idea of “the more, the merrier” when it comes to creativity and the fun that goes along with making a project by hand.
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Bonnie Rochman wrote an interesting article for Parade earlier this month. In “Handmade in America: Crafting’s Comeback,” she talks about how the popularity of crafting has changed during our history.
“Craft making is on a pendulum,” says Garth Johnson, associate professor of art at California’s College of the Redwoods. “Recently there’s been an impulse to push back against everything being slick and computer-designed, to connect with other people, and to learn skills passed down from other generations.”
She admits that there are tons of reasons crafting has become more popular in our modern world, but we love this idea about creating something tangible instead of always working virtually from a computer.
…So much of what we do in our daily lives doesn’t result in a concrete, finished product. “We spend so much time today typing on a keyboard, manipulating a mouse, and living virtually that we long to use our hands to create something tangible,” says Monica Moses, editor in chief of American Craft magazine. For many, anything less doesn’t really feel productive.
We’d love to hear from you, and we truly encourage you to click through and read Bonnie Rochman’s full article! Why do you think crafting has become so popular lately?