By Una McGovern
"Lost Crafts" is a very delicious book. I do appreciate a book where someone has taken the trouble to create a great design and followed it up with a nice layout. The one thing I am not so sure about is the title. The concept of a craft being lost or dying is one that I and fellow crafters have been debating recently. I feel that it puts an unnecessarily negative spin on the issue. Looking through the list of crafts covered in the book I see many that, although I would love them to become more popular, I know are definitely not lost or dead.
Nevertheless, I would definitely recommend this book as a great overview/introduction to many crafts who granted are not as popular as they once were. Each subject in the book is followed by a paragraph about how to get more information if you are interested in a particular craft.
One of my favorite chapters is the one about elderflower. I have been making elderflower cordial for years and I like that she explains how it can be made without citric acid as this is nearly impossible to come by in the UK. Luckily I always bring some back from Denmark, where I can get it in any local supermarket. But of course this is not possible for everyone. So as I am sitting here waiting for the flowers to bloom I hope that more people will give it a try this year.
I think that all in all this book is a good investment, as it has ideas for things you can easily make at home (e.g. lemonade and rag rugs) and things that requires a little expert help to get started (e.g. brewing beer and bobbin lace).
Do you think we are in danger of loosing certain crafts? Which, and what do you want to do about it?