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5-10 years ago when I was telling people that I love crocheting they would look at me as if they just saw a living proof that Giorgio Tsoukalos is right. Priceless reaction btw!. Nowadays I mainly hear ‘oh this is cool, tell me more!’. Hand craft is booming!

I like to stay on top of what is going on in the arts and crafts industry. It amazes me how much is happening right now. About two years ago I would barely receive any Google alerts on this topic. Right now I’m bombarded with news and cool stuff to read.

The crafting craze

Let’s face it – it was expected. You gotta do something while staying at home during lockdown, right? On top of crafts being a pastime, there are literally thousands of small businesses that arose over the past year within arts and crafts industry. Either as a result of job loss, or simply through discovering that you are good at it and can turn your passion into a paycheck.

Stories like Caroline and her dog bed making business, or Jenna making scented candles are just examples of newly born entrepreneurs (well done, btw!). Even Michelle Obama showed her pieces of knitted artwork, that has to mean something 😉

Sometimes you’re the bug, sometimes you’re the windshield

As with any market turbulence, some businesses gain, some businesses loose. This is the time for crafts industry to flourish. Target launches new brand called Mondo Llama, JOANN and LoveCrafts decide to go public.

I anticipated the upturn on the market, I don’t think I expected such a boom though. While I’m delighted to see that flip in trend, I’m also very curious if it will be maintained once our lives go back to normal. Or fairly normal. The number of transactions made through such selling platforms as eBay, Ravelry, Etsy or Amazon Handmade skyrocketed during the past year. But how sustainable is that? Time will show.

For now I continue making Amigurumi Patterns.

Stay safe and tuned!

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6 thoughts on “Wanna be cool? Craft!! | Off the Hook”

  1. This is an excellent post.

    I totally agree that interest in certain crafts had wained in recent years and left to the faithful few!

    They say about an ill wind…  And as you say, there are lots of people who have done well and prospered during the lockdowns.

    All over the world there has been a resurgence in many almost forgotten areas such as crafts, baking and even puzzle building!

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great post. I love crocheting and have been doing it for years. My very first project was a baby blanket for my oldest son (who will be 39 in Sept), It was one big granny square. I started with baby blue and then about halfway to the size I wanted, changed to white. Once at the size wanted, I did a scalloped edge with blue. It was a very simple project but gave me the confidence to try other projects. My latest crochet projects were lace tablecloths using fine thread crochet cotton. It took 8 months to complete but is stunning. I also made one for my daughter and daughter-in-law. Will be making another for another daughter-in-law for Christmas. I hope others learn how to relax with some yarn and a hook. Great job.

  3. Hi, I am really loving your article, as you say a while back crocheting probably didn’t really attract that much attention, I am sure that the pandemic gave this crafting style an entirely new lease on life as most of us have remained at home. I think this is very cool and I am sure you will still enjoy much success.


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