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A Return to the Domestic Arts 09 Oct 2007
Quilt weaving close up by onebyjude on Flickr.com
Is there anything wrong with reclaiming home crafts?

Do you know your crochet from your macramé? Or does the thought of dusting off the sewing machine fill you with fear? Skills like sewing, quilting and baking cakes are no longer needed, but in recent years we have seen something of a revival in the homecrafts. Knitting is hip, we have snapped up Nigella Lawson’s guide to becoming a domestic goddess and, according to a recent survey for Good Housekeeping, 70% of us bake on a regular basis. So why are we so intent on reclaiming traditional female crafts? And is it really a world we want to revisit? Jenni is joined by Jane Brocket, author of The Gentle Art of Domesticity, and writer and journalist Kate Saunders.

The Gentle Art of Domesticity by Jane Brocket is published by Hodder & Stoughton, ISBN 978-0-340-95098-2


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