that’s one long ball of wool…

by betsy on March 9, 2006

in Community + Creativity

I have this picture saved to my desktop. It’s from the (knitters of dent website) of Clara Sedgwick….

When I think of the future of craft, I don’t think about new ways to wield my knitting needles. I think about Clara and the millions of women that have been empowered by craft, as often times it was one of the few ways in which they could showcase their skills or make money if they found themselves widowed.

To me, the future of craft belongs to craft’s past. Each time I pick up my needles or start to stitch, I am strengthened by the fact that women like Clara are behind me and determined to keep their legacies going.

More about the Knitters of Dent here.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Pam Gillette March 10, 2006 at 12:45 am

Such a nice tribute to our passion, that will endure no matter what.

2 admin March 10, 2006 at 4:12 am

oh yay – my grandmother made a hobby out of crochet but her mother made a living out of it and fed her 8 children after her husband died – my grandmother then kept her memory alive by using the skills passed down.

3 admin March 10, 2006 at 4:17 am

and i just looked at that site – i love that they were the “terrible knitters of Dent” rebuked for knitting in church.

4 craftapalooza March 10, 2006 at 6:21 am

Hey Betsy, great post! I’ve just recently listened to a podcast you did. Really interesting and positive.

5 traci March 10, 2006 at 11:16 am

oh i love this post. and that photo.

6 Tongue in Cheek March 10, 2006 at 4:42 pm

I love hands that show art in action, taht show passion in their fingertips!

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