Passing our craft on to a new generation

United States
March 5, 2009 11:42am CST
I love to crochet and knit. Last year I was on a knitting binge and my granddaughter wanted to learn how. Now I am quilting and she bought herself a little sewing "craft" machine (she's 11 years old) and is learning to make some clothes for herself. I was crocheting the other day and she asked about that. I told her after she masters the other things. I think it's great to be able to pass these skills down. Have any other crafters passed their skills to others. My daughter loves to do counted cross-stitch and crochet (both learned from me. It is very satisfying to pass skills on to a new generation. I'd love to learn to tat but I can't find anyone who knows how to do that now.
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@debny711 (264)
• United States
6 Mar 09
I love to craft but my passion is crochet. I have been crocheting since I am 7 years old which was 44 years ago...lol...I learned from my grandmother. I have taught my 2 neices how to crochet. One is 16 she started crocheting when she was 10 and my other niece is 10. I taught her 2 years ago. I tried to teach my sister but it got to the point where I wanted to string her up with the yarn.
• United States
6 Mar 09
My sister didn't want to learn either. I couldn't teach her anyway. When we were teenagers, I was teaching piano lessons, I had about 5 students in the neighborhood. (I ended up getting my Bachelor's in piano & voice). Anyway, my mom decided I should teach my sister so she didn't have to drive her to another teacher. She ended up paying me to teach and paying my sister to take lessons from me. Even then it lasted only about 3 weeks because she didn't like me correcting her. So forget trying to teach a sibling. It never works.
@busyB4 (875)
• United States
22 Mar 09
It is great that you are passing along your crafts. Someday it will be more appreciated than even in their childhood, and hopefully it will keep the craft alive. So many nowdays dont want to take the time to do something like work on crafts, so many of the craft shows nowseem to be all older people in the booths. Makes you wonder if we dont pass it on somewhere if craft shows will continue a few years from now
@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
5 Mar 09
I got inspiration to learn how to crochet from my mom, who learned it from my granny's friend. My aunt also knows how to crochet. My fiance's granny knows how to as well. I've been learning mostly on my own, although my aunt showed me some things and so did my mom. My granny actually bought me a crochet kit awhile back before I was even interested in crocheting, and I got it from her when I started getting interested in it. The kit was for kids and pre teens, and lol, that's when she bought it for me. I crocheted a bag to practice with, and then later I used that same pattern form the kit and crocheted one for my mom, adding a green ribbon as the bag was red and it was just last Christmas. Lol, well what I'm saying is you could always buy your granddaughter a kit when she's ready to learn how to crochet, it has instructions, yarn, a yarn needle, and a hook. Atleast in the one I had, and it's by bernat I think, or I assume, I don't have the box anymore but the yarn was bernat, if that helps. The yarn was also soft, lol, so she may like that.
• United States
6 Mar 09
My granddaughter starts something and doesn't follow through. I'll buy her a kit when I know she'll really do it. Right now it's sewing with her but when it was knitting I bought her some nice yarn and needles and she just "stopped" after a while. So I'm waiting until I know she's really sincere.
@fatragu (349)
• United States
17 Oct 10
I have not passed any of my crafting down a generation because I don't know anyone younger than I am (26) that wants to learn from me. I wish that I knew someone that could teach me how to crochet better since all I know how to do is the chain stitch and the single stitch. Which means that I can make stuff that is square or rectangle shaped and I can't do any of the neat stitches like the shell. My friend taught me how to do counted cross stitch and I like that really well. When my kids get older I will be passing this down to them. I have the fantasy of us sitting around on Sundays talking about life and crafting stuff. I also want to learn how to quilt because that is something that is useful and can be worked on by lots of people. I feel that crafting with other people is a great way to bond and learn about each other. The older generation can pass knowledge down to the younger generation.