TYPICALLY associated with elderly women and boring Sunday afternoons, the idea of craft making has changed in recent years.
Shaking its fuddy-duddy label, the art of sewing, crocheting, knitting and quilting is very much in-vogue, with more and more younger people picking up the pastime.
“There is a big movement towards all things handmade; people appreciate things that are handmade and they recognise their value,” Sydney craft consultant Judy Newman said.
“Just like there is a return to more artisan-type food, there is a desire for handmade items for your home and people really like to have something that is unique and special, not mass-produced.
“And if you give someone a gift that you have made, then you’re also giving them a gift that was made with love – people really appreciate that.”
Newman, former craft editor of Women’s Weekly and Better Homes and Gardens and organiser of the Perth Craft & Quilt Fair, said crochet was especially hip right now.
“People are finding it’s a really enjoyable craft to do: it’s quick and something you can do anywhere, so they can transport it,” she said.
“You can be on the sideline of the sports field crocheting or at an appointment, crocheting while you’re waiting.
“There’s also a lot of crochet fashion around in clothing and homewares, like chunky crochet where people are using really thick yarns to make baskets and cushions for their homes.
“Sewing is also a trend at the moment, with people wanting to make and personalise their own clothes.”
Newman said a whole generation had missed out on formal training in craft, which was why many younger people were coming to events to learn.
Her advice to novice craft enthusiasts was to join a workshop.
“At our fair we have a lot of inspiration in that people can see what’s possible in our displays. For example, people see the quilt show; that’s very inspirational for them to see what they can make themselves,” Newman said.
“We also have a huge program over five days where people can sit in a workshop and watch demonstrations and listen to all kinds of techniques.
“You can also learn how to make your own jewellery, handbags and cards.”
What: Perth Craft & Quilt Fair
When: May 23-27
Where: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Tickets: craftevents.com.au or at the door