I used to be an avid crocheter, sewer and smocker. If I sat down for two minutes, I was working on something creative. Now, fast forward 30 years. I have grandbabies, full time job and no time to do anything else. I have tons of smocking and sewing and crocheting stuff just sitting here. Boxes and boxes of heirloom fabric. I could probably open a craft store and have full inventory lol. I miss it so much, but there are not enough hours in the day for me to even begin a project. Which leads me to this...is it just me or is this the way the trend is going now? I have thought about selling most of my stuff as my daughters are not interested at all in it. However, when I search ebay for completed listings, it seems that this type of stuff doesnt even have much of a market What little I have listed didn't even sell. Is this a dying art?
I"m 33...I don't crochet, but I do sew/quilt as much as I can. but other life stuff gets in the way.
I do say (often) that if I could i'd just sew all day long.
I wanted to get started crocheting, but I haven't found the time, lol. I thought perhaps this winter when it's cold and we stay in the house more, I could figure out how to make my own dishclothes!
It makes me sad that our world is at such a fast pace now. I sometimes dream about sewing or crocheting ( I even had an original croceht pattern published once lol) but there are just not enough hours in the day. I fear that our future generations will not even know what a joy it is to sit and create something out of fabric and yarn! I have two adult daughters and I know that if something happened to me, they would probably just chunk all this treasured crafting stuff if I still have any!
Sometimes I remark on this topic -- because I truly believe that making our own clothing is a dying art, but then I look at sewing machines on eBay and see that $6,000 sewing machines have 17 bids. What are they sewing on a $6,000 sewing machine? I really wish I had the ability to ask these buyers -- just out of idle curiosity.
I crochet and knit, I sew sometimes but not as much as I used to. It has everything to do with my machine being tucked away in a corner.
I do work in a craft store and I can tell you that our yarn sales have been going up and up in the past 3 years and our fabric sales are always high.
I was happy to see your post. It's good to know fabric is still selling well. What kind are buyers selecting?
Do you think part of the increase in yarn sales has to do with the wider variety of yarns now available and the many great ideas for knitters? A woman I know has shown me this stuff, not really yarn per se, but more like sheer fabric with holes punched in the edge which she uses to make those ruffly scarves. The variety of available colors is huge. It might be called "Sachet"? She can sell as many as she can make just to friends, family and by word of mouth.
A final comment: I envy your place of employment. I would love just to see and feel all the merchandise, but I see it as a losing situation for me because I would be unable to resist all the new stuff.
Thank you for posting.
I do think the new yarns and wider variety are involved in the increase in sales. The new ribbon yarns are so easy to make scarves out of that even novice knitters and crocheters are picking it up.
I also think the variety of patterns out there (something for pretty much anyone) has something to do with it. People used to think of knitting and crochet as "grandma hobbies" and that view is changing.
Another factor, I think anyway, is the economy. You can make some things cheaper than you can buy them and there is a certain chic in saving money these days. It used to be people bragged about how much money they spent, now it's bragging about how much you saved, lol.
As for the fabric, I think the patterned cottons sell the best. We get a lot of ladies who make dresses, quilts, bags, etc. to sell.
I got in my craft room this morning just to see what all I could find. I kid you not, I have 5 large storage boxes full of heirloom fabric. Not much yarn, but tons of fabric and tons of sewing stuff. I guess I have every one of Australian Smocking magazines and Creative Needle magazines and all the Childrens Corner patterns, etc. I have two large bookcases filled with all these patterns and magazines. Binders full of smocking plates. There are two smocking pleaters and tons of ribbon and thread and buttons. That is only the tip of the iceberg lol. Two large storage boxes full of crochet patterns, some very old from when I started crafting in he 1970's. Lots of memories. Sigh. I guess I am a craft COLLECTOR instead of a craft DOER. lol. I thought about doing a yard sale but I just don't think that would bring what they are worth. It would be nice if one of my daughters had an interest in some of it. Sigh. I wonder if Etsy would have a better market for this type stuff??
I do think Etsy would be a better place. People seem to be willing to pay closer to what craft items are worth over there.
Thank you so much for providing me with a new description of myself. I believe that I, too, am a CRAFT COLLECTOR rather than a CRAFT DOER.
My collection is mainly doll clothes patterns, including many that are 35-40 years old as well as doll clothing pattern books. I do sew doll clothes, but, really, did I need to buy every single pattern as soon as it came out?
My fabric collection is no small thing either, but I mostly limit myself to thrift store and yard sale finds. My entire sewing room, when I die, goes to my second daughter who is an avid seamstress and I hope she will enjoy it. When she whittles it down to a more manageable size, I asked her to please give it to GW or some place and not just toss it into the giant dumpster that I am sure will be parked in my front yard the day following the funeral!
No, crocheting and sewing are definately not dying.
The internet is flooded with how to crochet and sew videos
and all the yarn and thread companies are online as well as
selling in the brick and mortar stores.
Fabric places too.
I love Amy Butler fabrics.
The children's boutique avenue has many small business women
sewing boutique items from home.
Ebay has lots of new crochet items as well as the estate lot doilies,
but I do believe ebay has more of a flea market type buyer than the
ones willing to pay good money for good work.
I don't know at the times people have emailed me on different things
wanting to know "would you be willing to sell it for this price" type
question, and I don't sell high to start with.
Not at all a dying art. I sell my own baby crochet patterns, with reasonable success on Etsy.
The demographics are almost evenly divided between grandmothers and young mothers.
I, too, have found that carrying some small piece of hand work to do while in a waiting room will attract more than one pleasant inquiry and can lead to an interesting conversation.
I make doll clothes and I often carry a bag with my latest project and its buttons or its trims to work on while waiting. It is more rewarding than the available reading material which is often Outdoor Life or Motor Trend.
People begin to reminisce about their mom or their grandma and about the dresses or shirts made for them. People will talk about the prom dress or the Barbie clothes. Call me crazy, but I find this to be a very wonderful and small part of an enjoyable everyday life. A good friend of my daughter's knits those pretty ruffly scarves and sometimes winds up giving an impromptu lesson in the waiting room!
Most of the time, I get positive reactions to knitting/crocheting in public but...
I took my mom in for an x-ray a couple of weeks ago and I was knitting a little ID holder for my daughter while waiting. This man starts up a conversation with me about it, he was sweet as he could be. He turns to his wife and asks "Honey, didn't your mom knit?" She replies, very nastily, "Yes, but I would never use something HOMEMADE, it's tacky!" The guy was seriously embarrassed by his wife. I just laughed and told him that homemade just means it has love in it. After my mom was done, the woman was passing us on the way out and she complimented my bracelet. I told her, with an eat dirt smile, "Thanks, I made it myself." The look on her face was classic.
Life is more complicated than it used to be.
In the past you could address a letter to John Doe, Local and it would get to John Doe in your town.
Now it needs a house number, a street address, a city, a state, a zip+4.
Pretty much everything else has gone the same way.
I have to remember more than 300 passwords. How many passwords did people have to remember in the 1950s and 1960s? Maybe one for a school or gym locker?
How many computer programs do you need to know, how many Internet utilities? None of that was necessary prior to the late 1970s.
I have to sell to people all over the world in all time zones. That's 24/7.
I have no time for crafting any more, unless it's for resale. I wish I did.
I do not think it is a dying art. My friend crochets all the time and she is teaching a teen neighbor to crochet, as well as her granddaughter. I do not crochet much anymmore due to fibromyalgia, but I will teach my daughter-in-law to crochet since she asked. I purchased sewing machines for all my daughters-in-law and taught 3 of them to sew. I recently sold a sewing machine to a young man who is making costumes for the civil war era.
I have taught sewing to my grandsons, granddaughters and some friends in the past 4 years. Since sewing is no longer offered in schools, I get requests to teach others to sew. I also teach them to get to know their sewing machine. I have given instructions on sewing machine problems over the phone. Due to the recession a lot of people want to know how to sew if for no other reason then to mend clothing.
This is the prime time to make afghans. mittens, scarves, hats, gloves.
Teenagers are crazy about the fingerless gloves and there are tons of
patterns for them on the internet.
You may find machine made knits, but it's not the same with crochet--
it is always hand made, so when you are given a crochet gift you can
appreciate that someone put some time into it.
As far as people saying they don't have enough time, I believe they mean
they don't want to spend their time crocheting. Because it looks to me like
people have plenty of time to watch utube, text, email, blog, and little of
that is productive with most folks, so sorry, to me that is wasted time.
I used to put in about 60 hrs. a week at a textile mill and managed to
crochet on my break time and when the machine was waiting on supplies.
I even got my co-worker started crocheting along with me. It was like we
were in a race to see how many stitches we could get done before the
forklift driver came in with an order.
Most of the time it would only take him about 5 minutes, but depending on
what it was I could do about 3 or 4 rows, and it was also a great place to
sell things, 'cause people were constantly looking to see what I was making.
Look at all the gorgeous creations that are pinned on Pinterest and it is
amazing what people have come up with. Crochet is at one of it's most
creative era's in it's history, I believe.
Oh well, blabbed long enough. Time to check on the sweet potatoes. Lol, have to
cook a little more to go with what's left of the turkey and dressing now, since
we've already at at lunch.