The Fincke family have been baking, crafting and playing plenty of boardgames like many who returned to simple hobbies while at home.CREDIT:DANIEL POCKETT
Old timey hobbies including handicrafts, baking, board games, puzzles, art and even slide nights are taking off as people seek the comfort of calm activities during the COVID-19 crisis.
Virus isolation is – according to Lincraft’s managing director, John Maguire – ironically getting families back around the same table.
“There’s been an incredible spike in [sales of] adult craft materials: knitting has boomed, fabrics of all type particularly for quilts like your grandmother used to make, and painting,” said Mr Maguire.
“Art sales this week quadrupled, fabric sales doubled, knitting tripled and craft sales tripled. Kids and games [categories] are up 500 per cent … puzzles are selling out and people are sitting around doing these things together. As crazy as this may seem it [pandemic life] is uniting the family.”
Maria Ludden, marketing manager at Eckersley’s art supplies, has also noted a spike in sales which she feels is in part because art and craft “helps us to express our emotions and connect with one another no matter how much social distance is between us and helps lower stress and anxiety levels”.
In Balwyn, Melbourne craft guru Pip Lincolne – author of four craft books and lately one on coping strategies, When Life is Not Peachy – lost her full-time job writing for a parenting website this week and is finding consolation in knitting and running “craftalongs” through her blog and 22,000-strong Instagram community…”