Needlework, sewing, and other crafting skills were once of utmost importance to women--Victorian women who could improve their rank in society with well-made clothing, colonial women who carded and spun wool for blankets, and pioneer women who made warm clothes for their family as they traveled West.
Today, the supervening social necessity of handwork has been diminished for most to an enjoyable hobby or lifestyle business.
This presentation discusses what value people find in crafting in an age when items can be mass produced quickly and for a low cost, how skills are developed, and how communities are formed online and offline.
It looks as how crafting communities use digital communication methods to develop shared-experiences, aid those in need, and support life-style crafting businesses. It also takes a brief look at what crafting may look like in the future.