I admit it. I'm a snob. I'm a nose in the air, lip curled in distaste, pinky sticking out while disdainfully holding things between my forefinger and thumb s-n-o-b, SNOB!
I love all things handmade, kitchy items made from retro prints, dainty doilies in delicate white and ecru thread, jewelry...oh the jewelry! quilts, hats, mittens, socks, cards, prints, paintings, carvings, woodburning, metalwork, lamps, cushions, blankets, shoes, glasses, dishes.....i just looove handmade things.
I love to look at them, touch them, examine them for all angles to figure out how they were made. I am amazed at the ingenuity of people and the usefulness of everyday items. I will often purchase something just because I am impressed with the quality of the work.
But what I am not amazed at is shoddy workmanship. Seams that unravel, poorly finished needlework, exposed wire ends in jewelry, beaded strands that break the first time worn. It only takes an extra few minutes to take an item from homemade into handmade.
It is the attention to detail and those little finishing touches that take an item from 'can't give it away at the church bazaar' to 'i have to have one of those in every color!' Finish all exposed seams with bias tape or a simple zigzag stitch to prevent raveling. Tie off and bury all loose thread ends. Use quality yarns when crocheting and knitting and take the time to block the finished item if it needs it. Tighten up and strengthen beaded jewelry. Be sure to use the appropriate weight stringing materials. File and smooth the ends of wire and be sure they are tucked in nice and neat. I know it's a pain to make sure every little aspect of an item is neatly finished. But that's the difference between homemade and handmade.
- ▼ February (9)