Is Crochet Still Popular by Renell Pacrin
When I have uploaded and shared in my Facebook wall the DIY washable face mask crochet that I have made, my friends liked it and requested to have one. A friend of mine commented, to quote “nice looking masks! so creative, especially in this age when crocheting (and embroidering) seems to have become a lost art…”. I felt glad for the kind words. It made me asked myself why did I stopped crocheting for the past twenty years?
My mother taught me crochet when I was young, using basic stitches and doily designs. I have definitely learned but I can no longer remember if I was able to create something. When I was in high school, one of the lessons we had in Practical Arts subject is crochet. I did not had difficulties and learned many more different lovely and interesting crochet stitches. And I helped my dear friend with her crochet project because she is left-handed and finds crocheting not that easy.
I have made so many things by crochet twenty years ago, such as our dining table’s centerpiece (in three alternative colors – white, green, and maroon), sets of doilies for the side and center tables in the receiving room, my chocolate brown vest, table cloth for a six-seater dining table (a gift for my friend’s house warming), and a bed spread (unfinished). I have not made any yet for Mima’s Homey, only face masks and a tube dress for myself, recently. However, my mother, during lockdown, made several crochet sling and pouch bags for sale and personal use. I can not forget the crochet short sleeved jackets she made for me and my siblings. I still have our photograph (together with three of our cousins) where my youngest sister and I are wearing jackets which was crocheted by our talented mother.
Few months ago, my former office mate shared with me the Facebook page of Tursido (Creative handcraft crochet), a certified Filipino-made handicrafts. They have very adorable, interesting, colorful crochet crafts which includes – doilies, pen can holder/vase/pot/glass jackets, hair accessories, etc.. They also customize. You may want to check their website at http://tursido.com. Add their unique crochet products to your home or for personal use.
Crocheting can be a productive hobby (for all capable ages), an income-generating project, a way of cultivating our creativeness, promoting traditional Filipino handicrafts, and even help our elderly, like my mother, make their idle time useful without exhaustion. Crochet is trendy, it has been always within my reach for almost five decades now. It may no longer being taught in schools these days, but can still be learned thru online tutorial. My niece shared with me, a little while back, a very useful and timely crochet hand sanitizer holder. It is my first time to see one and I have not yet tried making one, innovative and ingenious indeed.
About the Author:
Renell A. Dela Cruz – Pacrin is a development worker (support staff) for seventeen years who loves to cook and bake. She earned a degree in Secretarial Administration and passed the NC II (National Certificate) in Bread and Pastry Production. During her free time, she bakes cookies, cakes, and pastries, mostly for her lovely daughter’s packed snacks, family occasions, and sometimes made to order. Currently self-employed, she focuses more on her spouse’ van rental business, home duties, exploring handicrafts, and taking care of the homey.
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