You Crochet – Therefore You Are….By Veronica Smith – 15 Comments
Crochet – still thought of by some as a “granny’s thing”. I mean, who would want that old crochet stuff now? How very wrong. I know for my grandmother that crochet and knitting were a necessity. She would get old clothing that had been discarded by others, and pull them apart to remake a garment. It happens when you have 7 children and live in a 2 bedroom house with no running water – no money. The old multi-coloured afghans could be make up using the little bits that happen when you unravel things. For some, these things were a reminder of poorer days.
Not so now – the good old ‘granny square’ has made a comeback big time. Crochet is now the ‘in’ thing. It has had a face lift, funnily enough a lot is being made with grandma’s generation patterns.
So now if you are coming across people being shocked that you crochet and indicate that you are many years out of your time then tell them. Tell them in no uncertain terms that:
You create therefore you are – a Fiber Artist.
If you are doing craft fairs or selling your work online make sure people know you are a fiber artist. It is true. Let’s face it everybody wants something made by a designer, an artist, a specialist. With maybe the exception of designer if you are using somebody else’s pattern, you are an artist and a specialist.
Go for it. Here’s proof……..
fi·bre / fi·ber [fahy-ber] – noun
– A fine, threadlike piece, as of cotton, or jute.
– A slender filament.
art·ist [ahr-tist] – –noun
– A person who produces works in any of the arts that are primarily subject to aesthetic criteria.
– A person who practices one of the fine arts
– A person whose trade or profession requires a knowledge of design
– A person whose work exhibits exceptional skill.
Long live fiber artists who have the skill of our forefathers. The first published crochet patterns appeared in the Dutch magazine Pénélopé in 1824. You are keeping an old skill alive.
And you thought you just did crochet.