Social fabric

When I grew up, knitting and crochet was “old women’s work”. They would get together to “do their thing”, perhaps gossip a bit, or… what did we youngsters know about it, really?

Textile craft was definitely not something very cool for a teenager (or even a 20+ someone) to do, or a reason to get together.

I think this is different today.

See f ex how Harry Styles has inspired a wave of DIY projects to recreate the crochet top he is wearing in the beginning of the official Watermelon Sugar video.

To get an idea, just google Harry Styles crochet top.

Another example is how a designer made cardigan that he wore at rehearsals became such a big trend that the designer – J W Anderson – released the pattern and tutorial for free. He also donated the cardigan to Victoria & Albert Museum’s fashion collection, as a testimony for how craft has helped people stay together and inspire each other throughout the Covid pandemic.

In the past, textile crafts were social in local communities. Today they are social also at a global level.

As for Harry Styles, imagine how different the social fabric of this world would be if we all embraced and lived by his motto: Treat People with Kindness (TPWK).

P.S. In case you missed it the first time, go back and watch the music video again and enjoy his jewellery!

I have always liked the idea of mixing hard metals with soft techniques. This year, my theme for the A to Z challenge is “Metal meets textile”. From A to Z, I talk about work with metal wire, textile techniques like crochet and knitting, show some pieces I’ve been working on, share some thoughts on metal, textile and jewellery. I hope that you’ll find something of interest to you!

6 thoughts on “Social fabric

    • Wow, that sounds like quite a change, if it is becoming a “status” symbol. Perhaps there is something with the word “status” that bothers me, it doesn’t sound like the motivation is a joyful one, more one of group pressure – but I hope I’m wrong and that younger generations simply enjoy it, and dive into their own creative paths. It is great to see that these skills don’t get lost entirely.

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  1. Pretty pink nails too ;)) Crocheting and knitting (I should say quilting too for Europe) are still considered as a hobby for old people. Specific crafts like amigurumi are more popular into younger generation!

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    • I had no idea what amigurumi is, but I’ve looked it up now. Cute animals and figures! Now, those would be VERY difficult to make in metal (and I wouldn’t see the point in trying either – unless there is something to learn from their cute shapes).


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