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#804881 - 02/06/13 09:54 AM How do we engage our young people to craft?
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With the advent of technology and the electronic way of life we lead, the question of how we engage our young folk in the art of hand made creativity arises. I was fortunate enough to have a grandmother who had the patience to show me how to crochet, knit and sew (on an old treadle which I now proudly own). Through my grandmother I have gained such a wonderful gift of making and creating which I like to pass onto others.

But with the distractions of iPads, iPods, video games and the like, how do we get the attention of our young folk, and keep them interested enough to appreciate the wonders of hands on creating?

Looking forward to your views and experiences.
Cheerio for now
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#805630 - 02/11/13 12:35 PM Re: How do we engage our young people to craft? [Re: Judie Quilting Editor]
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I think a lot of it is cyclical. At different times there is an increase in the desire of younger ones to participate in crafts of all sorts. It would be nice to have all children taught how to do some basic things, like mending, sewing on buttons etc., but some simply are not interested. I know that whilst one daughter-in-law is not even remotely interested in sewing as such, she now enjoys scrapbooking, and has discovered cross stich, and enjoys the dyeing of fabric. My other daughter-in-law (whose mother is also a quilter) has now started sewing clothing. It is like cooking, I have had numerous calls over the years from children of friends how do I make jam with this fruit, or relish. If we take the time to explain and help, and encourage where possible a grain of interest might grow, and this may be passed on to their children. I thoroughly enjoy doing all sorts of craft with my grandchildren, and they are quite content to participate when they visit or I visit them, but I think their life is so different to what mine was as a child, and it is not just the electronic distractions, it is the sport and cultural activities. Maybe we need to ensure our schools have display days where people show how these crafts are utilised within our lives. Emphasis at school seems to be on encouraging children to be sport orientated to avoid obesity. We have high depression levels within society, maybe we should encourage participation in craft activities as a means of avoiding depression. I know personally that craft activities have helped me through a lot of tough times over the years.

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#806411 - 02/16/13 02:09 PM Re: How do we engage our young people to craft? [Re: Judie Quilting Editor]
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Hi Imm, I like your idea of display days showing people how these crafts are utilised in everyday life. I also agree wholeheartedly that craft is a wonderful medicine for depression. I love that "meditative" feeling I get when stitching, especially after I've been doing it for more than 15 minutes. I'm sure I go into a slight trance - because I don't feel the weight of my worries at that time. I guess long distance runners and musicians must go to that "zone" like we quilters do. I know it's better than hitting a bottle, or gambling away our hard earned money. Having said that my husband often reminds me of the "investment" I have in my sewing room. LOL
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