Even the craft community's more off-beat segments have a passionate following thanks to the encouragement of the Maker Movement. Especially in an age when it's common to practice more than one craft activity, even the smaller crafting segments deserve attention and support from the brands who serve them. One of the best examples is the current state of needle crafts in America.
Knitting and crocheting go hand in hand as the most common yarn crafts today, and makers everywhere are choosing these hobbies as a fun way to create apparel, accessories, and home goods within the growing crafting community. However, now's the time to stop picturing your grandmother. She's just one part of a wide-spread network of knitters and crocheters of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels. Keep reading for all the stats and insights that show how truly unique and diverse this craft segment has grown to be today.
The AFCI (formerly the Craft & Hobby Association) defines paper crafting as creating albums, cards, or other keepsakes using tangible materials like paper, photos, memorabilia, journaling, embellishments, and more. Examples of paper craft include scrapbooking, card making, and origami, but these hobbies are a lot more than just cutting and pasting. Across the various sub-categories of paper crafting, makers use techniques from rubber stamping and embossing to die-cutting and even digital photo editing.
One of today's most diverse and popular crafts is jewelry making. Defined by AFCI as the craft of creating wearable accessories such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and brooches, jewelry making spans multiple materials and mediums. Depending on a crafter's level of experience and style/tastes, jewelry making encompasses everything from simple beading to advanced metalsmithing.
Visual art, specifically painting and drawing, is a centuries old tradition and pastime. What might surprise you is that today, painting and drawing are not only still relevant, but combined, they currently make up the most the most popular craft industry, according to research by AFCI (formerly the Craft and Hobby Association). Thanks to the wealth of research available from AFCI, we can get a clear picture of just who today's painters and illustrators are, as well as how they approach their artistic craft.