Handicraft For You: Knitting, Crocheting, Embroidery or Sewing
To create something beautiful out of combining different materials together feels so satisfying. Yes, we are able to make marvelous things by the help of machines. But there is that added wonder to the masterpieces that we can make by only using our own hands. Handicraft is any of a wide variety of types of work where decorative objects are madeentirely by our own hands or with minimal help of simple tools. Perfect examples of handicraft activities are knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and sewing. We know that there more out there that fits the bill, but we do think that these four mentioned represents the craft the most.
And with that said, we go back to our original question and the main title of this article. Which handicraft should you engage yourself? Will it be knitting, crocheting, embroidery, or sewing? Great news for you! We will be describing each practice as clearly as we could. So that you may be able to choose what it is that your heart desires. Read on, and we hope that after reading this, you may now dive right into creating your very own handicraft projects.
Knitting is a handicraft method by which colorful yarn is controlledskillfully to produce a textile or fabric. This is then often used in a whole lot of garments. It creates multiple loops of yarn, that is what we call stitches. These stitches may appear in a line or a tube. Various active stitches on the needle at one given time needs knitting. Knitting fabric consists of several consecutive rows of beautifully interlocking loops. As each row progresses, a newly created loop is pulled through one or more loops from the prior row, placed on the gaining needle, and the loops from the prior row are then pulled off the other needle.
Knitting can either be donesolely by hand or with the help of a machine dedicated to it.
Crochet’s name is from the French term of the same spelling, ‘crochet’ which then means ‘small hook’. And that does not go far to the fundamental description of the craft. Crochet is a handicraft process of creating fabric by intermeshing loops of yarn, thread, or strands of other application materials by the use of a crochet hook. These crochet hooks are made of materials such as metal, wood, or plastic. They are widely manufactured commercially and produced in professional artisan workshops. At first glance, a beginner might not be able to decipher the difference between knitting and crocheting, but they are not one or the same.
A glaring difference between the two is that crocheting has a dedicated tool for it, which is the crochet hook while knitting does not. Aside from that, another significant distinction among the two is that each stitch in crochet is completed even before the next one begins, while knitting keeps a large number of stitches open at a given time.
Embroidery, on the other hand, is the craft of giving a particular fabric or other materials decoration by way of using a needle to apply thread or yarn. Not only that, but embroidery may also integrate other materials unto it. Such as pearls, beads, quills, and sequins. In modern times, the art of embroidery is often on various caps, hats, coats, blankets or dresses. Even stockings, denim pants, dress shirts, and golf shirts. When you see an intricate design on your clothes that are of thread or yarn; that is embroidery. It is also available within a wide variety of thread or colored yarn.
Last but not least is sewing. Among the handicrafts mentioned throughout this article, sewing might be the most recognizable. In fact, as of right now, you might already have the skill to sew. Sewing by its definition is the craft of attaching or fastening objects unto one another using stitches made with your trusty sewing needle and thread. Sewing has been a long-standing textile art or handicraft. It goes as far back as the Paleolithic era.
For thousands and thousands of years, all sewing activities and products were done by using our hands. Well, that is until the 19th century came, that is when the sewing machine came to fruition. And now that we are beyond the 20th and currently in the 21st century, there now seems less and less sewn objects still made by hand. But that does not stop the dedicated artisans to the craft, which as of this moment are still making tons of great sewing projects for us to consume.
Have You Decided Yet?
So there we go. We have now finished detailing each of the four handicrafts that you may try for yourself. Now is the time for you to feel it into yourself, which among the following, you have a distinct connection. Each of the four is deserving at their right, and each is capable of producing incredible and intricate masterpieces. Whether it may be knitting, crocheting, embroidery, or sewing, as long as you are having fun and your heart connects with it while doing so, then do it, make it your passion.