Ah, crafting. The perennial joy of anyone with a keen kinaesthetic awareness. Making beautiful things with our hands is a primal desire, and it truly helps us feel confident and prideful on a daily basis. There’s nothing quite like making something that yourself and others can take pleasure in. Meet any seasoned crafter, and you’ll find a hidden undercurrent of wisdom under the surface, even if they don’t realize it. That’s because the art of making things with your hands, and developing items of objective or personal worth teaches you a few lessons about life.
We’re glad you can join us for this fun article, as we detail why crafters are often the most humble, friendly and joyous people you can be around.
Crafters learn patience. From kitting to needlework to pottery and carpentry, these disciplines all require patience. They require measurements and a good eye. They require the ability to have faith in decisions made, but also humility when something goes wrong. As crafters know, the best works take time. Even with the best sewing machine available, a skilled tailor knows that beautiful clothing takes a refined eye and that every decision must inform the last in a way that contributes to the whole.
Patience is one of the most valued virtues. In a world with on-demand entertainment, instant communication, social media services and online information, sitting back and relaxing into a crafting discipline can teach you the much-needed societal art of patience.
You’ll never meet a craftsman or woman of any type who has perfected their intentions from day one. Ruined pieces, broken furniture, stained cloth, and mismeasurements are all stock and trade of someone attempting to better their skill. It comes with the territory. Just like you’ll never learn the piano if you’re afraid of playing a few bum notes, crafting anything of worth requires the right mindset and the willingness to fail.
After all, Thomas Edison once posited when asked about his experiments with electricity – “I have not failed 1,000 times. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to NOT make a lightbulb.” This is humility believe it or not because it accepts that failure is part of the process, and can be framed in its ultimate result as a success.
Willingness To Learn
Even the best craftsperson knows that the key to long-term success is allowing themselves to be wrong, even if they have beliefs about the craft spanning decades. If a new and better method of crafting comes along, they are willing to learn those new methods, even if they don’t adopt them so thoroughly. Too many people are completely sure of their beliefs and their knowledge in the modern day. Of course, some knowledge is not disputed, such as scientific or mathematical law, but attitudes, perceptions and the ‘normal way of doing things’ can all be changed to a degree. With sense and wisdom, tradition can give way to refined ways of proceeding. This isn’t to throw out the craft of tradition, just to highlight the benefits of its flexibility.
Any craftsperson, of any discipline, will understand the benefits of a challenge. Growing and taking on new projects is the bread and butter of a creative spirit, and it will facilitate developing projects once thought impossible. There’s nothing more nourishing for someone who thrives in a crafting discipline than to make something they could only once dream of. Challenge has a great place in informing positive practice, and can truly help anyone become a better person. Who knows? If you begin crafting and become familiar with a challenge, it could become a job or service you are paid for, as opposed to a fun hobby you enjoy engaging in.
Crafters of any discipline are often social beings. They enjoy sharing their creations, learning from each other, and coming back next time with something even better. Even knitters enjoy getting together and discussing the craft, learning about new yarns and methods of knitting, and showing off the beautiful items of clothing they were fortunate enough to craft. There is nothing more shareable and positive as a conversational topic than discussing something you are proud of making, and hearing that same pride from someone else you enjoy talking to.
Attending an event, such as a fashion show, a carpenter’s gathering, a writer’s expo or some other such happening will introduce you to positive and inspirational people, people who could make your life much better and directed.
If you’re a crafter, we hope you have managed to relate to this article. If you’re someone on the edge of beginning a new hobby, we hope this has inspired you to begin.