I was reflecting yesterday about the number of women who take up home based craft/ hobbies once they have children. Is it economics? I'm not really sure about this as my crafting hobbies tend to end up being quite pricey. The amount of money that I can easily spend on a nice fabric starts adding up. My husband tried to work out the cost of his latest project (a very gorgeous and well made merino T-Shirt) and, charged at his usual hourly rate, probably cost around $600 (excluding materials - add another $50) to make!! Is it a return to domestically mindedness - I don't think so. I kind of have enough to do around the house.
Recently I've been wondering if it is a combination of being stuck in the home (my nine month old's sleeping habits mean that I really need to be home for most of the morning and an hour or so in the afternoon, as well as from about 6.30) and a desire to put your own stamp on parenthood (this only applies for those who started crafting after they had children).
I took up knitting when my first daughter was a year old. I taught myself using books and magazines and have gotten a lot of pleasure out of making baby blankets and hats. Sometime after my second daughter was born I decided to just re-learn how to sew, figuring two years of Home Economics would mean that some latent sewing ability remained deep down. I started with a simple Cath Kidman padded tablemat pattern, then made a matching (rather wonky) tablecloth. From there it quickly progressed to simple baby clothes, some gorgeous peasant dresses and this weekend I've made a bag and dress from pillowcases. Somewhere along the way I also started cheesemaking (again, not at all economical because we just consume more cheese now) and recently picked up a magazine with the intention of mastering basic crochet.
Now I find myself with about a dozen crafty blogs in my blog reader, and attended Handmade at Te Papa this weekend - a kind of crafting masterclass/ conference/ workshop that was just brilliant. I've come a long way craft wise in a short amount of time.
I do get a lot of satisfaction from the completed project, but am now beginning to get satisfaction from the process involved in the craft - this is a big change for me, as I was very destination-oriented when I started crafting - now I enjoy the pleasure in the details of the craft.
I'm curious as to how other people came to crafting, and what they get from it.