8 Historical Photos of People Crafting
Okay, so I love black and white photography. I find that surprising because I am such a color fanatic, but it's true. Something about the light and shading that completely captures my eye. The photos show emotion so well with the lack of color.
And older photos can get me to thinking....I almost climb into the photo. One of my favorites is French photographer, Jacques Henri Lartigue, because it feels like one can discover humor, love, and live in his stories. I can just imagine the back story.
I digress! I thought it would be fun to share some photos of crafting. I'm going to add some captions but do take time to venture in to these photos as well. Did you see the net repair photo? Our fiber arts tradition began with fishermen! Fiber arts are a huge part of our lives today but it's fun to consider the past through these photos!
1. This one cracks me up as it looks very contrived. Perhaps a cover for a catalog at one time? I certainly love my knitting but rarely dress for the occasion and never sit in a straight back chair!
I Think I Dropped a Stitch
2. Okay, so this is not a photo. I love this painting of the Monk Knitting by Lytras Nikiphoros. This looks like the knit project may be done, but certainly the monk is deep in thought. You know how we inspect our handwork!
3. Fiber arts are such a broad craft area. This Haidi woman of Massat is weaving a basket. Look closely as this work requires great detail. Note the carving in the background. What an amazing photo! Looking for a simple basket idea? We've got you covered!
We Love Unique!
4. Yep, we are all about creativity, unique fibers, and creating happiness! The stilt shepherds of Landes, in southwest France, were able to care for their sheep in marsh, scrub, and boggy lands because of their stilts. This fellow is working with wool while on his stilts! Talk about multi-tasking!
5. Crochet was absolutely a past-time for royalty such as Alexandra Petrovna- Grand Duchess of Russia. Note her head-wear and adornments are crochet projects that many of us don't know of today! While times have changes, it's exciting to know that what brings us joy has been around for quite some time!
The World Keeps Spinning
6. Spinning is something I would love to learn and is on my crafting list! Being an amateur weaver, spinning seems like a logical progression. I'd love to grab some of our Pulled Silk Fiber and sit right down with these ladies. Imagine the knowledge these ladies could share with us!
Off the Grid
7. This old photograph cracks me up. Mixed media art is definitely the theme of class today. Students have their yarn and their canvas-looks like some type of needle work? For me, I would much prefer a cross stitch kit from Darn Good Yarn!
8. Some of us remember home ec class in school. I have vivid memories of struggling through the sewing portion of that class and the hot pink, wide wale, corduroy jumper that I made. Yuck! Sewing surely has come a long way, baby!
Whatever your craft, we love supporting your creativity. It's fun to look at historical photos to put our traditions in perspective. One of our goals for this year is to create happiness so please ask the Darn Good Yarn team if you need support or have a question!
- Janis Minshull