Traditional crafts still proving hugely popular

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Until relatively recently, traditional crafts like knitting and crocheting were considered a dying art and the preserve of the older generation. All that has now changed as these skills are experiencing something of a renaissance and are now being enjoyed by people of every age.
 
No doubt programmes like The Great British Sewing Bee have helped fuel this renewed interest. That, along with series like The Great British Bake Off, which have all led to a revival of home-made crafts, be they knitting or baking.
 
And the pastime is even getting some press attention from A-listers. Katy Perry is the latest star to wax lyrical about the joys of crocheting.
 
Speaking on Alan Carr's Chatty Man programme, the hit-maker admitted she enjoys stitching as it puts her "in a relaxed state" before bed.
 
It's not surprising then to hear those working in the industry noting the trend. Tricities.com - a publication aimed at people living in Tennessee and Virginia in the US - quoted the owner of a craft shop in the area who has seen an interest among all generations.
 
Ralphine Ramsey, owner of craft shop Skeins and Things in Bristol, Tennessee, said: "I get students from Virginia Intermont college who come in and knit and mothers and daughters."
 
Helen Morgan, an artist from Abingdon, Virginia, was quoted as saying she had noted people were "re-learning" to knit.
 
She went on to suggest that knitting is a craft "because you're coming up with a functional or usable product that is probably more skill-oriented".
 
The art side of things happens - she hinted - when you come to choose which colourful yarn you want to use, what fibre and the width of it.
 
Ramsey agrees and states that, for her, knitting is "an art".
 
"You can do some really artistic things or you can do it just for the enjoyment and pleasure," she said.
 
That is probably the reason why it attracts so many people, because it appeals to amateurs and professionals alike and can be as easy or as complicated as you like. 

 

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