Passing On Needlework Skills to Young People
MARJORIE M. BAKER, M.S.
February 2005; revised July 2012
Why should we pass needlework skills on to young people? Don’t they have enough to do with school, sports, music lessons, TV, and video games? And besides, it’s so easy to buy needle crafted items at the store—the ones imported from overseas. Before you answer these questions, think about why you enjoy doing needlework yourself.
We live in an age of technology and because of this, many parents have failed to see the importance of teaching handwork to their children. Family sociology has changed, families are spread out across the country, and the tradition of passing heritage skills from one generation to the next has almost been lost. Thankfully, the needle arts are experiencing a renewal, and many adults are learning the skills that were abandoned when they were growing up…. (Read the full article online)
Fine Cell Work: How Taking Up Needlework Is Helping High-Security Prisoners Find Self-Worth
22/10/2015 17:59 BST
Around the country, men and women in high-security prisons are picking up a needle and thread and learning how to sew.
“It enables them to be calm, productive, creative and to mentally and spiritually get beyond prison,” Katy Emck, the founding director of Fine Cell Work tells HuffPost UK Lifestyle.
Fine Cell Work is a social enterprise that trains prisoners in creative needlework – but it’s not your average crafts club. … (Read the full article online.)