Over the last couple of years the craft resurgence has boomed, with an increase in the popularity of all things knitting, sewing, baking and making and today (DATE), The Handmade Fair with Kirstie Allsopp reveals 50% of people aged 18-25 are backing the trend, preferring to spend their nights crafting with friends than going out on a night out.
It has been reported recently that the millennials are no longer going to night clubs because of a fundamental shift in the way a new generation chooses to spend its entertainment budget.
Reports also suggest that with the advent of later pub opening hours, the smoking ban, student tuition fees and the squeeze that a lot people have been feeling since the recession, people are finding different ways and different places to go out.
The recent survey of 2,000 UK adults for Kirstie Allsopp’s craft event reveals the state of the nation showing almost 70% of people craft to save money with one in five wishing they also sold the crafts they make. Etsy has also recently revealed that almost 10 per cent of their sellers made their living from selling products on the site, with up to 25 per cent using crafts as a source for a second or third income*.
The survey also reveals that from all of the crafts listed the top 3 crafting skills men would like to have (in order)include painting, drawing and glass etching, whereas sewing topped the list for women with painting coming second and then knitting third.
The research also found that craft entrepreneurs come from the millennial age range with a third of those aged 25-30 selling their own creations.
The Handmade Fair, which is sponsored by Hobbycraft, asked those surveyed why they craft - almost 75% admitted they found crafting relaxing, a reason which has fuelled the trend for adult colouring books and resulted in an increase of over 374% in adult colouring books at Hobbycraft.
The other top answers for why people craft include; it helps them out financially, helps them focus, and increases confidence.
The Handmade Fair goes on to reveal that eight in ten think that crafting
should be compulsory for school children: currently crafts such as sewing
are not part of the government’s national curriculum, with obligatory
sewing lessons removed from school in the 1970s.
This move has resulted in one in five adults wishing that they had the necessary skills to sew. Currently just eight in ten people aged between 18-25 can do basic sewing such as sewing on a button. This is compared to 97 per cent of those aged 55 and over, proving that compulsory sewing lessons at school has helped skill up the older generation.
Kirstie Allsopp, the Queen of Handmade, whose craft fair returns for a second year this autumn comments, “It’s really interesting to look at how the nation is reacting to the growing craft trend, millennials shunning the night clubs, and adults are colouring in.
“Whether it’s to relax or make a living there really is something for everyone to do and that’s what makes crafting so great.
“Crafting should be for everyone and I do feel that kids are missing
out by not learning the basic skills they need while they are at school.
Not only does it help develop their creative side, but it will provide them
with important skills that will help them later on in life.”
For more information about the fair and to buy tickets, visit www.thehandmadefair.com