The Resurgence of Traditional Crafting Techniques in Modern DIY Projects

    Lately, we’ve seen a big emerging trend of traditional crafting, bringing a vintage appeal to today’s DIY’ers. But the appeal of these crafts goes way beyond just their nostalgia. These traditional techniques all have an amazing quality and significance that resonates with us today. Macramé, quilting, pottery, and woodworking all seem to fit this release, making it a hit with a wide range of crafters.

    Continuing, traditional handcrafting methods have come from a time when there wasn’t a way to buy every item you ever wanted at the mall. People had to make everything they used themselves. The methods have been passed down, and still today they are as popular as ever. They were passed down from one generation to the next, but nobody thought that in those days these ways of home improvement would become a popular art form. That is what they are today. They are so popular because they scream authenticity. People with experience think that it is a very practical approach to learning or keeping us grounded in an ever-growing digital world. A lot of times, traditional hand-working methods are shared through online tutorials or small local workshops. A simple, do-it-yourself one.

    Contemporary craft is not just about revisiting traditional techniques; it is all about moving them forward and reviving them. This can include refining the process, adapting it to suit contemporary designs, swapping out unsustainable materials for sustainable ones, and perhaps using machines in new ways. This fascination with traditional craft is also apparent in contemporary makers who are experimenting with an ancient process such as indigo dyeing. It was once a simple method of dying cotton, which is now being re-used by contemporary makers who are now using eco-friendly indigo dyes to create all sorts of patterns in sustainable materials. Just like 3D printing, artists are able to print pottery, making it extremely detailed and textured, bringing back what was once enjoyed and is now being re-embraced by recalibrations.

    It is important to choose the right art supplies so you can mix traditional techniques with contemporary projects. There is growing interest in using environmentally friendly materials as people are increasingly interested in sustainability. And, crafters are more interested in organic yarns, recycled papers, or non-toxic paints. Discussions about these products can help crafters make the best decision for their projects and can also provide motivation for manufacturers to focus on a sustainable and creative product.

    A great part of this renewed interest is the influx of new trends that blend traditional techniques with modern processes. One such trend is “slow crafting,”  which emphasizes the process over the final outcome of the craft and helps to promote mindfulness and patience. For example, making a hand-pieced quilt, or hand-carving your own wooden spoons suggests a return to traditional craftsmanship, which results in a totally unique piece hand-created by you—a nice alternative to the rapidity of the digital age.

    If you are inspired to start your crafting journey, consider trying a small project that harmonizes timeless techniques with a modern twist. For beginners, consider attempting a macramé plant hanger made out of an eco-friendly cotton cord or a selection of ceramic coasters with up-to-the-minute geometric designs. These projects will give you are of achievement and connect you with a bunch of like-minded folk.

    In embracing these ancient crafting techniques in DIYing today, we have not latched onto something superficial or trendy, but have made a connection with our own human beings’ driving needs in subtler, imperceptible depths. In other words, we are DIYing symbols that imply a concrete desire for sustainability, creativity, self-sufficiency, and community. All of these, across cultures and across centuries, are held as some of the highest human values. In mixing these grounding values with modern ideas and life practice we are adding to the cultural fabric of which humans are capable. Technical skills can be put together, reassembled, or bent to make almost anything today. Adding ancient and richer tapestries is one common goal of today’s DIYers. Everybody can do that at any level, however they can.

    The original investigation into the fusion of traditional craftsmanship with recent advances and technology resulted in a conflicting yet complementary relationship between history, the renewal of ingenuity and eco-friendly methods found in craft. If you are interested in this investigation and would like to look deeper into the influence of computer-aided design and others, there are many resources, tutorials, and communities to encourage and assist you.