Arts & Crafts


I’m sure all of us have an appreciation for handmade/crafted items. I imagine many of us come from families who practice different arts and crafts. I thought it might be interesting to talk a little about the people in our life who have contributed to our love of the handmade/crafted items.

In the past I’ve talked regularly about my mother and grandmother being crafty. My grandmother could sew, knit and crochet. She was an incredible cook. She was always happy to encourage me in any activity I wanted to do. My mother could sew, cross stitch, knit and crochet. She also did some macrame in the 70’s. She was always interested in seeing what others made and would often give a new craft a try.

The painting above was done by my mother’s cousin. She was a part time artist. I’ll never forget the large painting she had done of her daughters when they were small. It looked beautiful over her fireplace. My mother had asked her to paint a small picture for her. This was the result. My mother treasured it and now I do.

My father’s side of the family was interested in crafting too. Most everyone could knit and/or crochet. In a photo my grandmother’s great grandmother is wearing a crocheted shawl. My aunt knit socks for soldiers during WWII (as did my mother).

I’ve tried to pass the love and appreciation of handmade/crafted items on to my children. H can knit and is always willing to try a new craft.

Do you come from a craft loving family? Do you have fond memories of time crafting with them?

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17 Responses to Arts & Crafts

  1. randomlyerin says:

    My father’s mother is the one who taught me to knit and crochet and instilled the love of all things creative in me. She could sew, knit, crochet, do macrame, ceramics, and paint. She could not, however, cook very well. That I appear to have gotten from my mother.

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  2. I learned to sew sitting on my mother’s lap in front of the sewing machine, and I picked up her knitting and carried on with it at the ripe old age of 4. She did it all, except for crewel embroidery, which she said was aptly named. All of my sisters are crafty, and we’ve commented that we don’t understand people who don’t have hobbies because our parents were both always making something. My father, when he retired, turned our small back porch into his workshop and made wooden toys and small furniture. I treasure a rocking chair he made that has a bear cut out of the back and paws at the end of the arms. I never took up woodworking, but one of my sisters did – to this day I tell her she was sucking up to Poppa and she laughs but he was so proud of the jigsaw he gave her for Christmas that one year! If you can knit or crochet, you will never have reason to be bored!

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    • My mother did crewel. She liked counted cross stitch better though:)
      One of my aunts, my father’s sister, was completely devoid of the ability to craft. My mother tried to teach her counted cross stitch. It wouldn’t stick. She was left handed and couldn’t pick up knitting because she said it was backwards to her. I wonder if she was too stubborn to learn:)

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      • My mother did old fashioned embroidery, I’ve done counted cross stitch – once did The Last Supper on black aida for my aunt, it was eye crossing but worth it, she treasured that picture. My nephew does wood working and most of the grandchildren do some sort of craft.

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  3. Meg Hanson says:

    My mom was very creative and talented in crafting and art. Many other family members on her side of the family are also artistic. My sister and I both have a need to “make things”. My daughter does too, but interestingly my son does not seem to have that gene!

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  4. My family has always been extreme crafters; in fact, crafting is just what you did to get the things that you wanted sometimes. We all sewed all of our clothes and made things like curtains. My grandmother tatted lace, and her sister crocheted a stunning lace table cloth for formal occasions. My mom knitted our sweaters, embroidered and crocheted our table linens, and moved on into cross-stitch and needlepoint. I learned to knit and crochet at a young age and we made slippers and clothes for our dolls. My father, a mechanic who fixed our cars and B-52 airplanes, built furniture and tons of useful stuff around the house. For us, crafting was what you did to make your life better and every gift was something that we made. Now that I think about it, does making cases of jam to give away at Christmas count as crafting? My mom did that…

    Today my cousins and sister are avid quilters while I have gone wild with sewing, beading, knitting, spinning, weaving, dyeing, quilting, and even some macramé back in the day. The crafting gene has moved on to my sons who seem to devote their time and money to building and collecting computers… Right now one son has built a server to host all of our digital movies so we can watch anything we want streamed remotely on demand. How cool is that?

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  5. nanacathy2 says:

    You were very lucky to have an inspirational family. I was fortunate to have friends with Mums and Grandmothers who started me off on my crafting life. I think if you are drawn to crafting you will also be drawn to those who wil help , teach and encourage.

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  6. My maternal grandmother made smocked dresses for all granddaughters – and matching ones for their dolls. My paternal grandfather carved intricate wooden spoons. Mom painted portraits (until 4 small children got in the way), did interior design for our house and her church, including designing the print on the drapes, knitted, and sewed clothing. Dad designed our house and did most of the finish work, including custom window seats and speakers in the living room, bookshelves, etc. This is part of my DNA, and I am very grateful for the grounding in architecture, design, engineering and fiber arts that are my heritage.

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  7. ReginaMary says:

    Growing up, I was not exposed to crafts. My paternal grandmother hand quilted with her church bee. She lived in Missouri and so I never experienced her working on a quilt. My mom’s sister knit and crochet. She would make us sweaters and doll dresses. It impressed me but it was 20 years before I took up the craft myself. My sister makes beautiful jewelry. The person whose craft influenced me most was my daddy. He was a woodworker. He carved beautifully. I have a carving of each of my boys and he did a Madonna and Child for me when I was a new mama. He taught me how to do linoleum prints too.

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  8. chrisknits says:

    My Dad’s sister, my mom’s mother and my mom’s sister were the only crafters I knew. No one else in the family has taken on the crafting gene. My daughters know how to knit and cross-stitch, but neither are interested in any of that right now. My oldest does canvas painting and paints coolers. My youngest likes to decorate. I see the youngest carrying on my skills when she has a more settled adult life. Right now she is busy with school and work and wedding.

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  9. My whole family was crafty as all get out, including aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. A famous saying in our family was “Don’t buy that – we can make that!” My Dad started it, and eventually we were saying it about ridiculous things, like cars and toasters. But someone in our family could make darn near anything! We have sewists, knitters, crocheters, woodworkers and builders, welders, blacksmiths, and much, much more 🙂

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  10. Alissa Head says:

    Just my maternal grandmother. I seem to have gotten the crafty gene from her.

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  11. kathyreeves says:

    My grand mothers were both crafty, but by necessity, I think. They were both born in the late 1800’s, and came from families where everything was home made.🙂 Grandma Reim was an expert seamstress and quilter, Grandma Jacobson did beautiful hand work and could knit a sock in an evening while engrossed in a book. My mom knew how to do all of those things, but wasn’t much into home making, she was too busy building fence!

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  12. YarnyDragonfly says:

    What a great topic! When I was little, it was my mom who introduced me to crafty pursuits. She sewed, knitted and crocheted. Together, we tried out macrame’ and decoupage (it was the 70’s!). She made a lot of my clothes before I hit high school and only wanted store bought clothes. With the left over pieces of fabrics, she made matching outfits for my Barbie dolls (I still have some of these!). When my maternal grandmother came to live with us for part of each year, we all worked on a puffy quilt together (made up of small squares of leftover fabrics that were stuffed and then sewn together) and I still have that lap size quilt (it’s fun to look through the squares and remember the clothing that was made from a particular fabric). You would think that I picked up all of these crafty skills from my mom, but sadly, I did not! She was not a patient teacher, and I was happy to pass along my creative visions to her and let her be the maker. As an adult, I took a sewing class and found out it wasn’t “my thing.” I wanted it to be, but it wasn’t. Then I joined a local craft group made up of mostly older women and learned how to knit and became addicted to it. I didn’t think I would be that interested in it, but I was! This taught me to try out other crafts whether I thought I would like them or not. There were many willing and patient teachers in the craft group and we eagerly egged each other on trying out many new crafts. Some stuck with us and some didn’t, but the process of learning and trying together was the best!

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    • I still have the Barbie clothes my mother made too. I also have a few Barbies:) The dog we had when I was a kid chewed all the snaps off the clothes.
      I wish I could sew. I’ve tried lots of times. It is too exact for me if that makes sense. I’d have to make the same thing 3 or 4 times before I’d get something passable.


      • YarnyDragonfly says:

        I still have a few of my old Barbies too! That is exactly what I don’t like about sewing, it requires too much precision for me. But I really admire people who can do it and make it look so easy. Forgot to say that the strawberry painting is beautiful and a real treasure.

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