Open Access Honors Program Thesis
Handicraft--Study and teaching; Young women--Education;
In this study I work to understand how US women ages 18 to 24 navigate the world of crafting (e.g., crocheting, knitting, quilting, etc.) and how their motivations and methods may differ from the older women that traditionally inhabit that space. In-person interviews with ten younger women and results from an online mixed methods survey show that young women who participate in crafting show that young women primarily use crafting as a way to cope with stress from school and work, they participate in informal groupings to develop friendships and gain technical crafting insight, and they use internet sites extensively for ideas and assistance. This research aims to start to fill a gap that exists in the literature about feminine leisure activities.
Keywords: crafting, young women, leisure, stress relief
Date of Award
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology
University Honors Designation
A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors
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©2016 Emily A Gardner
Gardner, Emily A., ""Yeah, I taught myself on YouTube": young women and navigating the world of traditional crafting" (2016). Honors Program Theses. 218.