Five Great Things About Fiber Arts

“Fiber arts” is a catchall term for activities that involve, well… fiber.

Crocheting, knitting, rug hooking, felting, braiding, macrame, lace making, and flocking fit under this umbrella.

These are essential skills. They are old because humans have been making clothes, blankets, accessories, and tapestries since, well… since humans were a thing.

Here’s what else you need to know about the world of fiber artistry, darn it (sorry — we couldn’t resist).

Fiber Artistry Is A Neverending Process

And we mean that in the best way. You pick up your darning needles and start the movie. You watch for an hour and a half while your hands keep moving, piecing together a hat.

That’s the cool part about fiber artistry. There’s always more to make. It’s a cool hobby because it’s portable and can be done while multitasking (ok, by “multitasking” we mean binge-watching Netflix).

Next time you see that grandma knitting on the bus while staring out the window, give her a nod. She knows what’s up.

Ahhh… there’s nothing like homemade!

Fiber Arts Pieces Make The Best Gifts

Giving the gift of a handmade sweater or hat: c’mon, that’s pretty special.

Put your needles together and make something unique. Follow your fibrous muse. The corporate mega-giants don’t need your holiday money. And homemade goods are durable. Why not gift a solid, wearable item that keeps on giving?

Fiber Art Is Meditative

We’ve talked a bit on this blog about the flow state. A flow state is when you’re so immersed in a project that the world around you fades away any you become completely absorbed in the task at hand. Tying knots into a macrame piece requires attention and focus — two things that are commodities in today’s fast-paced world.

Fiber Arts Are Practical

As long as people are going to wear clothes (which seems to be the indefinite future), there will be a need to make do and mend. Being able to hem a pant leg, take in a waist, sew a loose button, or patch a knee — these are skills that will last long into the apocalypse.

Moreover, clothing repair is a socially-responsible thing to do. In an industry that literally burns excess clothing, being able to fix, adjust, or make your own durable goods is an invaluable skill.

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Get one-on-one instruction from a professional who will guide you through the process. The kit comes to your door, you log on, and that’s it. It’s that simple.