By Emily LeCroyThe craft is the art and science of making things from scratch, but it’s also about making things for a living.
The craft involves finding and gathering materials, doing some cutting, sanding and painting, then stitching it together into a finished product.
It’s a process that’s been around for centuries, and has become increasingly popular in recent years as home decor trends and the availability of internet-based platforms like Etsy have brought people together in the digital age.
Many people, including many professional designers, are finding creative ways to do things with their craft and, according to some, it’s becoming a lucrative and highly valued profession.
The Crafts Institute of Canada, which has been running an annual Crafts Festival in La Porte, Ont., for the past four years, has seen more than 40,000 people take part in workshops over the past two years, and many more come every year to the craft centre, where they can learn about the process, meet other designers, and even get a few pointers on the craft.
Some of the workshops have focused on sewing or knitting, while others have focused more on hand-made items like crocheted blankets or fabric baskets.
Some people have found it to be a fun way to meet other people in their hobby and find inspiration for their own work.
But many others are more than excited about it, with some even attending the Crafts festival as a way to have fun.
“I’m not going to tell you how to do this or that, I’m just going to say that it’s been very rewarding for me,” said Laura Vos, who runs a craft store in LaPorte, a city of about 16,000 in northwestern Ontario.
“There’s not a lot of people in the world who would be willing to give you their time and help you learn.
It’s a lot easier to work for your money than your skills, but that’s what people are willing to do.”
The CraftSavers website offers information on how to find the right local shop and workshop, and says there are also classes on a wide range of craft topics in the La Portean community.
La Crosse is home to a number of small artisanal crafts shops and craft stores, and there are even craft-themed festivals in the city.
Vos said there’s also a lot to learn from people who have done their own little projects.
“If you ask me if it’s easy to get started with a craft or if I can do it, I can,” she said.
“We have some people who are very successful at it, and we have some who are really good, but we have so many people who come and have a great experience that it really can be overwhelming.”
While there are no shortage of craft stores in the area, there’s not really any common ground for those who like to experiment with their own craft.
“For me, it was the shop in La Prairie that was the one that really brought me to the table, and I think that was a great shop to work at,” said Erin Rolfe, who also sells home goods and crafts in the community.
“It was a really nice shop, I liked it a lot.”