Today needlework is almost a lost art. It isn’t required in modern homemaking, yet many homemakers still have the desire to create something for their families whether it be sewing a dress for their daughter, crocheting a blanket to throw over the back of the couch or cross-stitching a favorite Bible verse to adorn her wall.
Where can a woman learn such arts if there is no one around to teach? I would start with your local home school group, there may be women there with hidden talents they haven’t used in many years! You might also try the 4-H group in your area. The one we were part of had ladies who were proficient in many stitching arts and enjoyed sharing their knowledge. Also, ask the older women in your church, many learned these skills as young girls.
If real life teachers can’t be found, you can actually find videos that will teach you a myriad of handicrafts, from cross-stitch to quilting, or embroidery to tatting. Homemakers Academy, the site I set up for the Homemaking Course, will soon have these type of tutorials open to new members! (More to come later)
Here is a list of the most common handicrafts:
- Canvas work
- Millinery (hat making)
- Ribbon embroidery
- Rubber stamping
- Rug making
- String art
Leave a comment below, which of these are you skilled in? Would you teach others if there was a desire? What can you add to this list? What craft would you like to learn?