passing along the gifts

@artizan (195)
July 28, 2010 5:21pm CST
having worked in a haberdashery and craft environment., the one thing that never ceased to amaze was when people came to by yarn for instance, they then would ask me to show them how to knit..or sew in a zip, or how to make a card, use the clothes dye..why would you buy something that you cant use or do? Do you think it is important that we pass along these basics skills before they become lost in the world of technology ., your thoughts please???
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@Humbug25 (12551)
29 Jul 10
Hi artizan I have been into shops lots of times and asked questions about something I want to do but have never done before and have found that shop assistants are only too pleased to help and advise me. I do think it is important to pass on skills to our children but only if they are really interested. I tried to learn to knit when I was younger and can still knit or pearl but I have no clue how to cast on or off and can't follow a pattern to save my life. I wasn't really that interested to be honest!
@artizan (195)
29 Jul 10
hi humbug Whilst working in that setting as you say was only to pleased to offer help and advice when folk had become stuck, or interperate patterns, and that kind of thing and even show them stuff that they had not thought of., what i meant was some would come along and buy a zip, and then need to know how to put it in but from the point of view that they where not going to pay for the seemstress to do it, so had decided to do it them selves, but then expected the person who sold a zip, to go into all the details of how to put the zip in... and say the zip was 25p, they would expect a night class kind of explanation, or to do it for them, instead of trying or reading a book or going to classes...that kind of thing .. in other words where taking liberties.. in a big way... passing on the skills of any creative endevour, to children, and giving them the opportunity to expresss themselves through any creative medium helps them i think sove puzzles and problems later in life,and gives them a sense of worth.. there is absolutelly no point in forcing children to create in a certain way, as that may not be their area.... thats why i said pass on the skills not enforce the skills thankyou for your response :) best wishes x
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@Humbug25 (12551)
29 Jul 10
Oh I see what you mean, people taking the 'p' so to speak, yeah there are a fair amount of those about haha. I did a lot of arts and crafts with my mum when I was younger but I have a short attention span so I need to do something that has speedy results, these things I try to pass onto my own kids but not one of them are showing much interest in anything they are shown though the wallets we made recently went down a storm!!
@artizan (195)
30 Jul 10
that brilliant., so hope there then :) keep going x
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@ElicBxn (60802)
• United States
28 Jul 10
I do think these crafts should be pass on, I did go to a yarn store and as to be taught to knit, but I already crochet so I didn't think it would be far a trip - too far it turned out. takes too long to get anything done, just me... dying, that sounds like fun - quilting that's my next craft...
@artizan (195)
28 Jul 10
i like quilting too., as it happens picked up a book from a charity shop today on little quilts it cost me 20p !!! yes i agree that knitting takes a long time to achieve., thats why i go for the chunky wools and bigger needles... its a shame you didnt manage it but crochet is just fun too, only one stitch to drop., !!! also fine crochet is now making appearence in jewelry making ... so you also going to learn to tie dye soon it is fun and messy, but most crafts are in their own way good luck with the quilting let me know how you get on Best wishes x
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@ElicBxn (60802)
• United States
28 Jul 10
well, don't know when I'll get to dying, but I really do mean to quilt some day - soon I hope
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
31 Jul 10
Yes.....I have taught my granddaughters how to crochet....my mother taught my girls and my grandmother taught me. I also have them making cards.....and other things. One of my granddaughters from New York is here right now. So far her and my other granddaughter have decorated backpack....and made many bookmarks. I laminated them for the girls so they will have them forever!
@artizan (195)
2 Aug 10
thanks for sharing that, it good to know that you are passing along the gifts and the knowledge thankyou for your response :)