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Topic: Rant: Your response when people see you quilting and say stupid things to you.  (Read 33147 times)
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« Reply #30 on: June 26, 2008 01:32:49 PM »

I've actually had some great conversations when quilting in public. I'll take baby blanket tops with me to do some top stitching on the train. And people always crane to see what I'm doing (yes, I admit it, I love it) and usually people start talking about family/friends they have who also sew...I think NY just has too many creative people in it for people to be snarky about crafting.

The problem I run into the most, isn't shock or critisizim, it's usually more along the lines of "Oh, you can do that? You should sell them - can I have one? Can you make/fix this for me?" Yeah, in all my spare freaking time people, for free.
« Reply #31 on: June 27, 2008 09:23:35 AM »

I had a teacher that took my crocheting away from me in class once.  I bet he is dead now. 


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« Reply #32 on: June 29, 2008 09:29:10 AM »

Anything to do with traditional skills seems to attract the worst of it. I learned to bake and can jams in my early 20's and then began to learn how to sew. Over the years I've heard comments about my looks, my pretty impressive husband and some of my property (people who have a problem with envy will find an excuse to cut other people over the most ordinary of things) but the meanest comments I've ever gotten is over those traditional crafts; sewing, quilting, canning, and cooking. The more skill required to master the craft, the snarkier the comments.

Wow, thats insane that anyone would think that cooking is taking away from your family time!   Some of my fondest memories growing up are of picking grapes off the fine in the backyard and helping my mom/dad make jelly!  It's a great family activity.


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« Reply #33 on: July 03, 2008 01:49:32 PM »

My Rant:
   For my wedding, I am making each of my bridesmaids a quilt (a log cabin, so not overly tricky).
   So I went to my local joann's and picked out the 35 colors I would need for the project, spent two hours in the store debating shade, etc.  Proceeded to take it up to the counter to be cut, only to be told:
   "You seriously want me to cut, all of this??"
   "You MUST be crazy,  you are making all of these?"
   "Are you SURE you can finish all these quilts by the time you are getting married?" 
   "I hope you picked out a pattern you can handle, quilts take a LOT of time to do"
  No CRAP lady.

First off, when someone is buying over $150 of material from your store, maybe you should show some encouragement... not disgust at having to work.


P.S.  Three tops done, two to go! Woo!

The sales lady at Hobby Lobby did that to me today. She was sooooooooooo rude. I bought $70 worth of fabric. She could have at least been cordial.

Anyway, on topic...I'm just starting back into quilting after having helped my mom as a kid. So I really haven't had any strange comments about it. But knitting and crocheting are a different story.

My standard response is along the lines of "I'm not young. I just have good face cream." or "I'm a millionaire and retired early."

Most times people's reaction is happiness, though. Little old ladies just love to see an art that they thought was dying finding new life in today's younger generations.

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« Reply #34 on: July 04, 2008 10:41:18 AM »

This thread has been useful to me because I've had none of these experiences Shocked  My friends and the people I've surrounded myself with think that crafting, quilting, etc. is awesome.  I have a few friends who are a bit passive about it, but nobody has ever said anything mean Shocked

I had a fantastic quilt store in NYC that knew me by name and they didn't care at all when I cut 40 bolts of quarter yardage!  We loved to talk about projects, etc.

And as for the NYC subways, I crocheting while I was riding around and I got so many interested looks and nice smiles.  At least a dozen times people commented -- often elderly women but young ones too. The best ever though was when this black teenager dressed in a sports team jacket, super sagging pants, and a giant ball cap started asking me questions.  At first I was defensive because I thought that he was teasing me then I realized he was genuinely interested.  He must have had a sister or mother that crocheted because he called it crochet (a lot of subway riders called it knitting) and he asked really pointed questions.  He smiled so nicely and said it was beautiful.  That made my week.... ;P

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« Reply #35 on: July 04, 2008 11:39:44 AM »

I was thinking about this the other day. And I know there are some people who think things like basket weaving are an inane waste of time. But I know the history and our, long ago, ancestors depending on the crafts for survival. Warm clothes. Containers for food. Then they evolved to having some time and evening light to be artistic with their creations. Then we evolved to where we can go to a $1 store to buy similar items that some slave in China created.
But that doesn't make our creations any less valuable. We are creating and in a way honoring our ancestors by doing so.
I also remembered that some of these odd comments come from people who have never been graced with someone like us in their lives. They don't know how to slow down and appreciate the seemingly small and simple things in life. And horror of horrors there some people who are just not creative at all, that part of their brain is undeveloped or missing.
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« Reply #36 on: July 04, 2008 11:41:59 AM »

I think the "waste of time" line is particularly ridiculous.  There are so many people who spend hours a day watching tv or playing computer games or whatever.  Besides, it's your time and you should use it however you want ... even if that means weaving baskets you could buy or whatever. If it makes you happy, all others should STFU.

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« Reply #37 on: July 04, 2008 12:15:34 PM »

Actually, I often craft and stitch while simultaneously doing tons of other things - "watching" TV, talking with hubby, talking with kids, listening to audiobooks, waiting in line, sitting in the car waiting to pick up kids...how could that possibly be a waste of time?  Also, the sort of Zen-like calm I get from repetitive crafty tasks actually makes me more patient as I talk to and/or instruct my kids.  They find me more approachable, not less, when I'm crafting.  I'm sure it's the same for you all - and it might even be worth pointing out to people who make unwanted comments.

Still, my all-time favorite response to those who make obviously rude comments, especially salespeople, is to smile sympathetically and say gently, "Are you having a tough day, hon?" Grin  Only once did this actually pass right over the head of the clerk and when she said "Why do you ask?" I told her I could tell, because sometimes I get grumpy too, when I'm having a crappy day.  That shuts 'em up!

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« Reply #38 on: July 05, 2008 07:54:26 AM »

I attend Tafe on a Friday, and make a point of traveling buy train since it goes right there, but the things I have done and carried on the train get some odd looks. I have done crochet and sewing, but also carried welded metal "baskets", ceramic skulls, and paintings.
 Most of the people are really nice and interested, and like to know what Im doing.
The only comment that has ever stuck with me, is that a lady at work asked how I ever get any housework done?
Two thoughts come to mind.
I stil do housework, as someone posted previously, watching tv or waiting anywhere offers a perfect chance to craft, I run off in the adverts to sew, someone is always calling..."its back on!"
and secondly, would you rather be remembered for the beautiful things you made and your happiness or being a slave to a house anyway?
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« Reply #39 on: July 07, 2008 01:41:30 PM »

 Most of the people are really nice and interested, and like to know what Im doing.
The only comment that has ever stuck with me, is that a lady at work asked how I ever get any housework done?

When I'm asked how I have time to do the things I do (crafting and cooking) I always  say I don't clean.  I am sooo fortunate to have a husband who does things around the house.

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