"...the gentle arts are just that: gentle. They do not demand to be practiced. No one is obliged to pursue them. They have not been taken up by any government department and regulated and repackaged with health and safety messages and warnings. They are a matter of individual and personal choice. They can be enjoyed by anyone with an interest and the ability to thread a needle, break an egg, choose a color or wield a pair of scissors. They don't require complicated skills, qualifications, training or equipment."I love the description gentle - as a girl striving to be a modern-day lady, I am very drawn to anything labeled thus.
Friday, February 15, 2013
One of my absolute favorite descriptions of the pleasure that can be found in crafting comes from Jane Brocket, in The Gentle Art of Domesticity: