Though the crafts below are still practiced in a few faraway nooks and crannies, their devoted brethren have dwindled like green grass in a meadow stampeded by hungry cattle. True, people had more time for crafts back in the day, but that’s no excuse for letting them slip through the sieve of popularity. Someone should bring them back to life!
10. Lace Making. Know how to do this, and you can grandma-chic up your whole closet.
9. Basketweaving. Done underwater or not, this seems to be a lost art.
8. Manuscript Illumination. One must be a pious painter to do this, because that whole ‘pretending you can paint’ ‘monk-ey’ business would get you nowhere.
7. Victorian Paper Cutwork. One must be razor-sharp or scissor-skillful to craft crafty cutwork. (These instructions help, though.)
6. Friendship Bracelets. In fourth grade, these were the best things ever. What happened to them?
5. Lucet Braiding. I’ll confess – even with this tutorial, I hardly even know what this is, but it was apparently a Medieval marvel.
4. Cobbling. Wouldn’t ‘shoe’ like to know how this is done?
3. Handloom Weaving. I’m not sure how one would fit a loom in their apartment, but I’d like to see someone try!
2. Chainmail Making. Working with this much metal must make one’s little armies tired!
1. Canoe Carving. It’s ‘a-boat’ time someone brought this craft back to life.
Are you skilled in any of these arts? Do you practice some other unusual craft? Let us know!