|Me rocking my knitted snood a few years back|
If you love nothing more than getting down to some serious crafting and whipping up something artistic, you're not alone! Craft is back, and with websites such as Craft Superstore providing materials and inspiration, the passion for creating something unique and personal is growing. Old-fashioned hobbies are making a massive comeback, so what have the practical and creative among you been up to of late and what can we learn from timeless pastimes? Let's find out!
|Knitting is a great way to be creative (Image via literallyinspired )|
Once upon a time throwing clothes away was unimaginable. Shocking in fact. People simply didn't have the means to replace garments on a regular basis, so they'd learn to knit in a bid to mend and repair. These days, throwaway fashion is much more on trend, but the younger generation are picking up their knitting needles for fun and creating a wealth of quirky and unique goods.
|I love wearing knitted items such as these gloves|
A whole range of funky knits are emerging, including chunky scarves, stylish hats and even knitted purses that are designed for the younger generations. So why not wave goodbye to the stereotype that only grannies knit and try your hand at something new?
Sewing and embroidery
Not so long ago sewing, embroidery, cross-stitch and a range of other useful skills were taught in schools, particularly to young girls who were expected to have such talents. Needlework was of key importance and every female would leave their adolescence with a host of timeless skills.
|Our home-sewn bunting|
Things have changed dramatically over the years, with traditional textiles being overshadowed by food technology, woodwork and other changes to the national curriculum. The benefits of old-fashioned crafts have not gone unnoticed by some schools who are teaching them once again – and most importantly, to both sexes. A real sign of modern times.
Quilling is an ancient art that requires skill and patience. It has been around for centuries and, during the Renaissance, was practised by nuns and monks who used quilling to decorate book covers and other religious items. During the 18th century it was also practiced by ‘ladies of quality’ (or the upper class) and has been used to spruce up purses, picture frames, tea caddies, wine coasters, jewellery boxes and much more.
|An amazing paper creation by papergraphic|
These days, quilling is growing in popularity as people of all ages and classes enjoy experimenting with rolled up pieces of paper. Special quilling tools can be bought from art shops and you can even buy ready-cut quilling paper to save time. 3D items can be created from dimensional quilling and thanks to the internet, tips, styles and designs can be shared online making the process a whole lot more fun!
Old-fashioned hobbies are not only exciting, they can also come in useful if you've got a hole in your sock or a loose thread in your jumper. Sure, cheap high-street fashion makes it easy to replace tired-looking items in an instant, but it's well worth repairing them yourself as you'll feel a sense of pride.
Moreover, crafts of this kind are a great way to pass the time and can result in unique, top-quality products that can take pride of place in your home or given as gifts.
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