Not so long ago, needle craft was a skill that many women were expected to be proficient in. Knitting, crochet, sewing and embroidery were common activities that allowed us create any number of practical and decorative accessories for our homes. However, as mass manufacturing took hold, transforming the textile industry, handmade goods gave way to mass produced products that were easier, quicker and cheaper to buy. Very quickly, needle craft became somewhat out-dated and the skill was at risk of being lost as younger generations failed to see the point of investing their time in learning these seemingly archaic skills.
However, the current period of economic instability has lead to a resurgence in the popularity of craft amongst the younger generations. In recent years, we have seen the return of a ‘make do and mend’ mentality as consumers have once again resorted to making their own goods by hand. This mentality has filtered through to designers who have revisited these old craft techniques and skills whilst at the same time reinventing them and giving them a modern twist.
Pudelskern for Casamania
In 2011, knitting and crochet have featured heavily on the design scene as we have witnessed a proliferation of unique, long-lasting, lovingly-crafted products for our homes that have been created using these techniques. From cushions, rugs, and furniture, to lighting, storage, clocks and wallcoverings, it seems that nothing has escaped this years’ trend for needle craft in interior design.
Ant then there’s the portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos and her highly detailed hand-done crochet . Love it!