I had a realization one time when I walked into Hobby Lobby. On that particular visit, as my Mother used to say, you couldn’t “stir ’em with a stick” (is that a Southernism or does everyone say that?). What it means is that the parking lot was almost full and the store was swarming with people. I thought, “There certainly are a lot of creative people in the world.”
That same weekend I went to a craft fair with a friend. It had 63 booths of creative people.
All this crafting is a surprise to me. I came of age in the 1970s when women read Ms. magazine, Helen Reddy was singing “I Am Woman,” and women were flocking to jobs in all kinds of fields that had been dominated by men.
I had grown up in a home where the sewing machine was only put away when Mother was hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas for her parents and siblings or hosting a party. The rest of the time, it was out and Mother kept it humming. Mother made her clothes and my clothes, in addition to her cottage business of “taking in sewing.” While it is true that my mother was a professional, other mothers were sewing for themselves and their daughters, too.
However, if you had asked me when I was a newlywed if crafting would be popular in the early 21st century, I would have been skeptical. Women seemed much too busy conquering the world to stop and make things with their hands. I’m still surprised at the great interest of so many young women in creating beautiful things.
I like to see homeschooling mothers encouraging creativity in their children. Giving a child the freedom to be creative while also encouraging a good work ethic so that they learn the joy of completing projects is a great combination.