March is National Craft Month! If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that my craft of choice is crochet. I also enjoy knitting, sewing, card making, scrap booking, coloring, and working with graphics. My husband's craft of choice is wood turning (you can find his work here: The Lathe Junkie).
In the early days of our country, what we consider crafting was a necessary part of life. Weaving cloth, sewing clothes, making quilts, churning butter, making candles, and even building a home were necessities that are today considered crafts. Crafting today is not only for enjoyment but it is also important to preserve those skills that were once a necessary part of life.
In the not so distance past, our schools had classes that taught cooking, sewing, art, music, wood shop, and other trade crafts. Now because of budget cuts some or all of these types of classes are no longer available for students. Wood turning is one of those crafts. My husband learned the basics of this craft when he was in high school. At craft shows, we run into lots of younger people who tell us that their dad, grandpa or uncle was a turner but they have never had the opportunity to learn. I myself learned to knit from my grandmother. So that craft skills are not lost, it is important to share your skills and knowledge with others so that the crafts you love can live on.
You have heard about my favorite crafts, now I would love to hear about yours. Let me know what you like to do but most importantly, share that craft with someone who doesn't know how.
Until Next Time...