Do you find yourself daydreaming about simpler days?
A time with no computers, and certainly no smart phones. Research meant going to the library and spending time in the card catalog. And Home Ec was still an elective in school.
People who went through public schools after the late 80s did not have the joy of a Home Ec class anymore. The version of Home Ec we have now (where it is offered) is vastly different than what we had when I took it, and I think that’s sort of a shame. They are doing stock investing rather than decorating cupcakes or sewing aprons. How dreary.
You see, Home Ec really was my favorite class in all of high school. I learned about sewing and making simple recipes. I had an hour a day where I got to enjoy crafts and making things. I also took art, but that seemed to invoke the pressures of wondering if what I made was “good enough” as we were graded on pieces. In Home Ec, it was more about participation than it was about a final product. And that seemed a lot more enjoyable and freeing than having a creative project displayed and critiqued for a grade. I also liked learning about concepts that allowed me to make useful objects or learn life skills like how to hem my pants or bake biscuits.
We also learned the value in having a hobby, for it’s own sake. To make something for enjoyment and learning, and not to monetize or sell it. Unplugging has never been more relevant or more needed than it is right now.
“Hi there! I’m Pattymac, and welcome to My Creative Lifestyle.” Why are sewing crafts and baking relevant in the 2020s?
I’m so glad you asked! I think knitting and sewing and embroidery is important, because it is a way to actually make something lasting with our own hands. Our lives are largely digital and stored on smart phones and laptops and Instagram feeds. That information will fail. This is a certainty.
You know what else is a certainty? Something that is certain to last? Baby blankets. Scarves. Beautifully stitched embroidery hoops. Treasured family recipes. Stuff like that. Especially items that are made with good materials that are properly cared for. That stuff will last just about forever.
You can knit your baby a blanket and eventually your great grandchild could be kept warm in the same blanket.
When I go through the cedar chest of special handmade items that have been passed down through my family, I feel like I’m actually touching a part of my grandmas and aunts who made that stuff. That’s a powerful thing!
You see, it’s not just about having a hobby. It’s about having a connection with your family and loved ones that comes one stitch at a time.
Isn’t that magical? You can make a set of scarves or hats or something for your family to wear when you take your fall family pictures, and 25 years later actually put those things on again as you reminisce with your (now grown) daughter or granddaughter the night before her wedding. That is powerful. Putting those knits on will take you right back to that chilly afternoon and revive all those long forgotten memories.
Hobbies are valid and worthwhile.
They are a way to unplug and enjoy some analog time which is increasingly important in this overly connected world. Hobbies provide an outlet for learning new skills and techniques. They are a way to take personal pride in a physical accomplishment, which is far more rewarding than any amount of likes on an instagram post.
Join us and discover new ways you can connect with fun crafts and with your natural world. Welcome to your favorite new hangout. Let’s make something together. 🙂
Hi there, I’m Patty.
Sewist, Baker, Maker
I’m a creative lifestyle blogger living and working in Coastal Virginia. When I’m not mixing or stitching or taking pictures, I’m out exploring the cook book section of my favorite library or munching my own home baked cookies at a mid week movie matinee.