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About Discussion Posts
I value what my readers have to say and think that your voice can contribute a lot of knowledge to this blog. Each Friday I’ll post a thought or question that I believe is pertinent to crocheters today. It’s a chance for you to share your thoughts and opinions on the topic. You can just say what’s on your mind about it or you can respond to other people’s comments and thoughts. Always feel comfortable sharing your thoughts but also use common sense in making it clean, respectful and nice to everyone in the group.
Today’s Topic: Honoring the Craft
One of the things that I’ve noticed as a crafter is that many women downplay the value of their crafting. Some almost never talk about the fact that they crochet, even if they do it as a business. Or they admit that they crochet but they say it quietly and dismissively and change the subject, as though it is not important.
Other people that I know will admit that they crochet but insist on saying that it’s “just a hobby”, shying away from using terms like “maker” or “crafter” or “artist”. There are, of course, many degrees of crafting and many reasons for applying different terms to ourselves. They may all be valid but only if we consciously choose them.
Are you guilty of dismissing your crafting skills? When and where do you admit that you crochet? When do you hide it or downplay it? What are the good and bad things about this issue? Let’s discuss.
My Thoughts on the Topic
I used to think that I wasn’t guilty of downplaying the craft. I’ve gotten really good at being a loud and proud crocheter, letting people know that writing about crochet is basically what I do for a living. In fact, I am probably sometimes annoying in the way that I talk about the importance of crafting in today’s society and the value I see in the fact the refreshed cross-generational, cross-gender interest in the craft.
Ah, but I am guilty of downplaying the craft after all. I’ve noticed recently that I freely proclaim my crocheter title when I’m talking to women. When I’m talking to men that aren’t my close friends, though, I’m not nearly as vocal about it. When men ask what I do, I say that I write or blog. I don’t specify that I write about crochet or crafting. If I mention that I do art stuff, I say it as an aside and also don’t mention the fiber arts specifically. I suppose that this is because I think that there are a lot of stereotypes about the craft, especially among men, and I don’t want to seem dowdy and homey and boring when I’m trying to be attractive to the opposite sex. But my reaction to the situation is exactly what perpetuates those stereotypes. I can be a hot crocheter! So I want to wear my crochet pin a bit more boldly in times to come.
Let’s talk about it! Share your thoughts in the comments below. Who is going to get the ball rolling?