Before mass production, crafting was a way of homemaking for many women. You had to make what you needed in order to live. Later on, in the 1960s and '70s, crafting came back into the forefront as a way to express individual creativity without having to be a bona-fide artist. Dedicated crafters continued their pursuits, but the movement took a downturn for a while before coming back strong in the early 21st century. Now, handmade crafts are all over the place, with many people turning them into businesses as jewelry makers, potters and seamstresses. If you're new to crafting or just want to get your creative juices flowing, try out some of these simple ideas to get you going in the right crafty direction.
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