Find out how much you really know about the progression of crafting as a hobby, a lifestyle, a living and a cultural mirror over the centuries.
Crafting women in the late 1800s created bracelets, handbags and embroidery using human hair. It was considered a personal, sentimental material, and it often adorned mourning pieces and friendship jewelry.
The hippie movement born in the 1960s started the tie-dye trend that would be popular for decades afterward. Groovy crafters used tools like rubber bands to create usually white, un-dyed streaks when they dipped a shirt or a sheet in colored dye.
While people have been using blank books to collect information and memories from the beginning of recorded history, the earliest known scrapbooks that resemble today's -- personal albums comprised of multiple materials designed to be passed through generations -- go all the way back to the late 1500s/early 1600s.
Macramé, the art of using only hand-tied knots (typically in braided cord) to create patterns, is believed to date back to the 13th century, but it fell out of favor by the 1900s. It saw a major revival among crafters from the late 1960s to the early '80s, when macramé wall hangings, plant holders (still big today) and belts decorated countless living rooms, gardens and hip-hugging jeans.
Making a typical friendship bracelet involves tying strings or thread (usually embroidery thread) in a succession of knots – often the same types of knots used in macramé. The result is a handmade, color-patterned bracelet often traded or gifted as a symbol of friendship and love.
The popularity of decoupage in the 1960s was tempered a bit by the time-consuming nature of the art. It required multiple layers of glue and varnish, with drying and sanding between each one -- until Jan Wetstone whipped up a miracle in her garage. The "modern decoupage" medium Mod Podge, a glue, varnish and sealant in one, is still a favorite of crafters today.
While George Washington led the fight against Britain in the Revolutionary War, his wife found a way to help at home. Martha Washington organized knitting circles where women knitted items like socks and bandages for the soldiers.
"Craftivism" refers to the activist side of modern crafting: creating small-scale economies, renewing hands-on production of goods and offering handmade help to those in need.
In 1921, the Prince of Wales was photographed at multiple public events wearing Fair Isle sweaters, which feature a repeated pattern of varying colors and designs. It caught on immediately, and was soon featured in other knitted articles like hats and gloves.
The Etsy Web site was launched in 2005 as a start-up forum for buyers and sellers of handmade goods and art supplies. As of 2012, it hosts 800,000 sellers and more than 14 million registered users.
Never quite considered the "realm of men," the world of modern crafting nonetheless has quite a few male devotees. Men account for 4 percent of the registered users on Etsy -- about 32,000, and that's just on a single Web site.
When Singer Sewing Machines introduced installment plans in the 1850s, women who before did all essential sewing by hand could suddenly afford to significantly speed up the process -- freeing up time for creative (and non-essential) sewing activities like quilting.
Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio was the first American institution of higher education to offer a major in ceramics, opening the door to the elevation of not only pottery, but also other crafts like textile and metalwork to "art" status.
The tuna-can crafting trend has caught on in a big way, with countless crafting projects built around this container (and its various tin-can cousins). Just a few of the things you can make with tuna cans includes a lantern, a candy jar, a pin cushion, Christmas ornaments and wind chimes.