You asked, and we are answering. Flower Patch reader, Katie, asked about the crafts Amish women do in Spring.
Amish women are traditionally the keepers of home in their community. They take pride in their role, and start learning crafts before they actually turn into fully grown women. Some of these crafts are done for charity, hobby and also to generate income.
While some of these crafts we will be listing today may be done in other seasons, and not just in Spring, Amish women are very likely to be found doing these things in Spring.
Gardening And Floral Arrangements
You don’t have to be Amish to be gardening in Spring. However, it is a very important time of year for the Amish, who are very connected to the earth. Women in Amish communities dig in and get their hands dirty with gardening. They work on artistic quilt inspired gardens which attract tourists and beautify their communities. Some Amish women are florists. So they grow fresh flowers for floral arrangements, and dry them to make wreaths as well. It is quite normal for the typical Amish woman to be doing a lot of gardening in Spring, even if it is not for business.
Amish Faceless Dolls
Amish dolls are a big business. Though they are mostly made and sold by non- Amish folks, some Amish women do make dolls for business purpose or for the little ones in the family. These dolls are faceless and usually dressed in plain clothing too. It has been said that the dolls are faceless to so as to avoid idolatry.
Most Amish women are excellent bakers. Many of them use baking as a hobby, and sometimes their pastries are sold to the public. They like baking pies, doughnuts, homemade breads, cookies, cakes and candies.
Basket weaving is a popular craft among the Amish. They are done by women, but also with the help of the family. These baskets are normally used for food carriers, and in the kitchen and garden. Some Amish families do operate basket weaving businesses.
A lot of Amish women are good at sewing. Most of them make their own dresses. They also sew and mend pieces around the home.
One of the main crafts that Amish women are known for is quilting. They make pieces for their homes, charity and businesses. It is more like a part of their culture, as the women regularly gather and work on big quilting pieces together.
As mentioned before, these craft ideas are not only for Spring. But Spring makes the perfect time of year for all of these crafting activities. Just as how Autumn is the peak of their canning endeavours.
What crafts will you be working on this Spring?