Different crafting in different areas?

@marie2052 (3697)
United States
March 28, 2011 4:57pm CST
I live in Florida. I enjoy cross stitching, and knitting. I used to live in the Midwest (Missouri). My question is: Is it my imagination or do certain crafts seem to take up in different areas? I have watched Michaels and Hobby Lobby size down tremendously on these particular crafts. We also have a small Joann's which would almost remind you of the old time Ben Franklin Store. When I lived in Tampa area of Florida we got a new Joann's and we had a wonderful area of needlepoint, and cross stitch available. You could buy aida cloth in bulk, rather than buying a piece at a time. I notice up in the New England states of the U.S. there seems to be more crafting in needlework than down here in Florida. If you are working on larger pieces of Cross stitch, such as Golden Kite, Mystic Stitch or Heaven and Earth Designs, then you have to have material basically ordered online and shipped to you thus costing more than when we could walk in and purchase it bulk for correct sizing. Hardly any of the prepackaged cross stitch material allows for some of the larger stitching projects. In Knitting I notice that companies change their colors rapidly. So if you find something and purchase it and go back a few months later you will not find the same color..as time moves on even if you wanted to do another item in the same color for a friend. I busy myself here in PCB,Fl stitching and knitting. I go to Paneras once a week for a bagel or pastry and sip tea on off hours of Paneras just to be out of the house. Many people have walked up to me and stated they have not seen anyone else cross stitch. One man even walked up and asked me if I was from Holland because his wife cross stitched LOL. Anyway is cross stitching which has been so dominant through our history going by the wayside? Are there many young people out there that sincerely crafts anymore? I grew up watching my mother craft and allowing me to do some crafting when I was smaller. When my children were growing up I ran a ceramic business which they loved making their own special pieces, and they latchhooked rugs, and even learned to needlepoint on a colored canvas background. All five of my children grew up with crafting and even now implement crafts into their lives. All this said, I sure wish more people were willing to craft just a little, there are so many wonderful organizations out there that would be greatful for a knitted square, or even a cross stitched square that would be turned into a blanket for either a lapghan for people in wheelchairs, or a cross stitched blanket for a small child that is homeless or in a hospital or even taken away from their parents. I would love to see this age old crafting brought back to our hands and hearts again. When I see people angry at dr offices for having to wait if they only had something to do would take their minds off of watching the clock. I knit and when I get in the private office the girls are always wanting to see what I am working on. I sure hate to see our beloved crafts go by way of generation loss. It is a privilege to me to be able to cross stitch and learn the history of how it got started. I am very greatful for having been taught by my friend 10 years ago. My same friend sat on the phone teaching me not only cross stitching but taught me to Knit sitting on the phone. So do you think crafting is just scrapbooking and jewelry making? Would love to hear from crafters in all parts of the US and world. I value comments even across the ocean I deffinately know Knitting is done all over Canada, and UK is known for their cross stitching.
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6 responses
• United States
29 Mar 11
I live in virginia. Scrap Booking is the most common craft that I now about or hear about. I love to scrap, me and my best friend try to always keep our scrap books up of major events and we both really enjoy it. I believe we started it up when we were about 16 and truthfully I have no idea where we got the idea to do it. My bestfriends mom has done it for years and we have seen her work but she does not do it much. I also enjoy making jewelry, necklaces and braclets. It keeps me busy. Tie blankets are also intersting at times. I am very newly taking up cross stitching. Its intersting and enjoyable. I am starting to catch on but not quite there yet.
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@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
30 Mar 11
I had to stop adding new crafts to my list! I have plenty of cross stitching patterns and such that I will never finish in a lifetime. My daughter cross stitched but she now has a 1 year old almost 2 and having another baby so she cant have the stuff around or Trinity might grab her stuff LOL So I will pass mine on to her. What type of cross stitching are you learning on? I finally managed to get comfortable to all the smaller kits and fractional stitches and half stitches and backstitching, that now I only do cross stitch pieces that are like tapestry. They come to life as you cross stitch "x" completely and there are no other stitches Try doing a search on Golden Kite, Mystic Stitch or Heaven and Earth designs. It looks like there is more pages and sizes but when you figure you are doing complete cross stitches and nothing else is needed, when your stitching is done you dont have to go back and add anything else. I think you are right though...scrapbooking and jewelry seem to be the top two crafts. Thank you so much for sharing!
@bretay61 (723)
• United States
29 Mar 11
My mother in law taught me how to crochet when I got married at 16.I am a self taught knitter and sewer.I have done a little of everything,I guess.Or I will at least try it once.I always have some knitting in bags ready to go.I knit something daily.My daughters never got into it,but my granddaughters love it.They are 6 and 9.The 9 yr old can crochet and both are wanting to learn to knit.They both do beading and learning some wire crafts.They love doing any kind of crafts,actually.I live in sc,they sell alot of yarn in Walmart,Michaels,hobbby Lobby and Hancocks.I hope it doesn't go away.I enjoy it so much.And I will do my part to keep it alive.
@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
30 Mar 11
I truly do hope we can keep our crafting alive!. I was at Michaels yesterday and before I even went in I saw tons on clearance:(( Where I live in PCB,Fl., we now have like 5 complete long rows of jewelry making. My mother in law who is 83 is in a nursing home and she does jewelry crafting. But they don't seem to go anywhere with it. I came in one day to see her and ask what she had been doing and she pulled out trays and trays of stuff she had made. I am sure she gives it for like birthdays in the home etc, I get wire and beads and stuff to take to her. I used to take her with me but her lungs are very poor now and I have spinal desinegration and could not aid her if she fell. So I just cant take her out like I used to. That and she knew how to spend MY pocket money really well LOL. Anyway bless you and your grandchildren maybe all of us talking about this can keep it alive.
@lakshmi11 (279)
• United States
29 Mar 11
I learned crocheting. knitting and sewing in school. And I have always loved this kind of craft as well as others. Crocheting, knitting and sewing has helped me many times when I did not have the money to buy something special, I was always able to make the things i wanted. There was always something I was knitting or crocheting or sewing, but when I moved to Florida I slowly stopped doing all those things. Most of the time it is hot and humid here so it is not as cozy to sit and knit for example as it is in colder regions. I also had greater problems to find nice materials which usually give me the ideas to start something new. But after a couple of years we had a bead store with beautifully inspiring beads, so I started working with those and created some really nice things. There is such a joy and satisfaction in creating a cardigan or a throw or a potholder or what ever it is that you made.- The old need to know for life and survival has become an art form. -Did you know that in Japan stitching is a discipline much like material arts?-
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@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
30 Mar 11
Thank you so much for sharing that wonderful story! Yes Japan and China and even Korea and Vietnam have such a wonderful culture for material and embroidery. I was in a chinese shop to get take out so I had my stitching piece and I knew the people of course (my favorite shop) and she come from behind the counter to see what I was doing and questioned me quite thoroughly on it. What area do you live in Florida? I too am in the panhandle part. It is hot by my house but I am fortunate to get to sit by the bay so I take my favorite portable chair for outside and go get a cool breeze I will go there Thursday. I only live like 1/2 mile from the bay and actually only 2 miles from the beach but we get no breeze like being actually by the water. But I take my cross stitch or knitting and sit out under big shade trees at our local military base. Thank you for teaching me something new!
@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
28 Mar 11
I have cross-stitched in the past, and thanks to my great aunt I do know how to knit and crochet. My sister did needlepoint for years. However, I have been into scrapbooking for 6 years now, and know that it is anywhere you go in the U.S. I have had comments on other websites that it is not as big in other countries. I also am a scrapbook Consultant, so not only is it my hobby, but it has now become my business. As with any craft it is great to get kids and younger generations involved, to carry it on. Both of my daughters love scrapbooking and my youngest daughter's fiance has even gotten interested in it. Hopefully your kids had it down to their's. I never really thought of a craft being regional before.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
31 Mar 11
I started with needlepoint in college, moved to cross stitch and now also bead. I think part of why you might see less of something like cross stitch in Florida is that the aging population there might have more trouble seeing to stitch than, perhaps to do other crafts.
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@peavey (16866)
• United States
20 Apr 11
I learned to knit as a young teenager from a woman who came from Germany. We were living in Wyoming, so there were plenty of cold days to knit. I think in warmer areas, knitting is too hot and that might be why you don't see much in Florida. Cross stitch, needlepoint or embroidery is much better for hot weather. Out of my three children, two of them do crafts, although one is a boy. He does woodwork and likes to create things. I hear people say that crafting, especially needle crafting is going by the wayside, but I see a lot of younger people picking it up around here, so we can hope it will continue.