I try very very hard to keep things super positive here... but sometimes a girl needs a break to complain about things that are totally unimportant. Case in point: The modern quilting hobby.
I *said* it was silly.
Quilting is a uniquely American craft. It was born of having lots of little scraps of leftover fabric - and it took those bits of fabric, some time, some skill, and made beauty. That's the *point* of quilting. You take something you can't use in its current form and you transform it into something useful for generations. IMO, that skill and craft contributes substantially to the beauty of the finished product.
Every step away from the original function takes something away from the craft itself.
I don't mind the new quilts. Okay. Sometimes I do. But ... I mind that half of them aren't big enough to cover a child's bed - and aren't meant to be washed and cried on and hugged. They're just for doing, just for pretty. Maybe hang on a wall (but aren't our homes well-enough insulated?) or over a couch-back. They can be pretty. Some of them can be stunning. But - if you bought a kit, and stitched it up right quick, and didn't even quilt it down yourself... is that even the same craft?
See, crafts are taking something raw and making it better through the skill in your hands. That skill takes time to develop. Time is something that no matter the craft, I see people uninterested in developing. And *that* is destroying all the crafts. There are legions of people who can do things to the "quick and simple" level, or a few steps up. There are so few who are willing to cry and swear and sweat over the "doing it from scratch" moments.
This has been bugging me since my days (more than twenty years ago) when I worked in a craft store. I'd watch people pick up disposable bits and pieces and walk out the door. All they wanted was something to entertain them for an afternoon or three. Waste of time. Waste of material. All because it was easier. -shakes head-
There are so many true crafts, at all levels of skill, and they all make for beauty you can keep for generations. Am I the only one here with embroidered tea-towels, special linens for holidays, latch-hooked rugs, quilts... I even have a christening gown (and we don't do christenings)! (It's stunning white embroidery on white batiste - drool).
There is substantial beauty in taking simple things and making them lovely.