It's time for Blog Hop #4 at Stitching The Night Away, and the topic is a good one.
Do you experience this same assumption from society in general that just
because you’re being crafty you’re also driven by some unseen force to
be in constant 1950s housewife mode? and then…. Who actually does the
cooking and the cleaning in the household? I’d also really like to hear
some words from the men in the crowd who stitch on this topic. What sort
of societal reactions do you get and what ridiculously wrong
assumptions do people make towards you when they see you working on
This is a subject that is near and dear
to my heart because I've been stitching for a long time and have heard
all kinds of assumptions and stereotypes about people who cross stitch.
In fact, back in October 2011, I conducted a survey (very unscientific,
but still interesting) regarding myths about us stitchers. I then
posted the results. You can see that blog post by clicking here.
Some of the more popular misconceptions I've experienced is that all stitchers are old ladies, that stitching is a silly hobby and a waste of time, and that it's a sub-standard art form. I seriously doubt that the artists at Britain's Royal School of Needlework would agree with these assumptions. If you have a few minutes, here's a wonderful video that showcases the famed school.
As you can see, I'm always ready to defend my favorite hobby. And I applaud men who take up this pastime. I will be very interested in what they have to say about what people think of the fact that they stitch.
Who does the cooking and cleaning in our house? Well, I do most of it, simply because I work less hours than Mark. But vacuuming and cooking a meal are not beneath him and he's always ready to lend a hand. I'm also thankful that he takes care of mowing the lawn and a lot of the outside work. Which means that I'm spared having to deal with that finicky and smelly lawnmower. But no, even though I do stuff around the house, I am not a 50's style housewife.
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