If someone is going to learn a craft, there are many to choose from. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary a craft is “an activity that involves making something in a skillful way by using your hands”. During the Middle Ages, while people inhabiting the country usually farmed, townspeople formed merchant and craft guilds. Today much of the concepts are the same in that people acquire a skill working with their hands to receive payment and flourish. TLC lists quilting, knitting and sewing as popular crafts. Some finished craft projects can be viewed at Pinterest and include furniture, various fashion designs and crafts involving pressed flowers. Following are several crafts that might be worthwhile to learn and are explained in a little more detail.
Furniture making is a worthwhile craft to know and project ideas are simple and plentiful. Anything from a cupboard to a bed to a coat rack, and the best part is you can use your own creative design ideas. You can go to school to learn professionally or simply learn on your own. And you can choose how complicated you want the projects to be, they don’t all have to be complicated.
Sewing is a craft that can be comprised of making clothing, bedding and a number of other articles. A person could get a lot of enjoyment from skillfully turning their fashion ideas into something real, more so if they learn to make a living at it.
Pressed flowers can be used in many different craft projects to add color and vibrance. Flowers can be pressed using a wooden flower press or books and have many different uses such as decorating an iphone case, decorating jewelry or selling them.
Making ceramics is another craft and involves shaping clay with your hands. Some clay doesn’t require the use of a kiln and can be air dried or baked but is more expensive than standard clay that requires a kiln. The standard clay can be either hand shaped or wheel thrown. More information about ceramics can be found at Ceramics Art Daily and classes are offered at various educational institutions.
Knitting can be done by hand or by machine and like other crafts has different levels of skill. Knitting by hand is very inexpensive and there are a lot of places to learn the craft. Knitting could include sweaters, winter gloves or a scarf.
According to Mark Jones, the director of Victoria and Albert Museum from 2001 to 2011, “Craft is remembering that art is seen, felt and heard as well as understood, knowing that not all ideas start with words, thinking with hands as well as head”. The museum offers several different craft related educational programs for all ages as well as a crafts magazine. Each person probably has their own definition of what a craft is because each person would do a particular craft in their own unique way. That’s part of the wonder of crafts, seeing what each person’s artistic ability can create. And equally important is seeing what you as the individual can create, and being gratified with your own craftsmanship.