For the last few days as I’ve scrolled through my Facebook newsfeed, I’ve seen all sorts of drama unfolding. This isn’t really anything new within the crafting community (or any other community for that matter), I think we just happen to be riding a cresting wave at the moment.
Sadly, though, I’ve seen SO many negative comments about the knit and crochet communities, and how the crafting community in general has turned into an ugly place. I’m really sad to hear how many people feel that way.
For me, the crafting community has been a place of love, support, and friendships. Some of my closest friendships have developed through this online community, and my family depends upon the income that I make through my pattern business. I adore all of the amazing groups filled with crafters who like to share their work and offer encouraging words to one another. I’ve seen some of the most amazing charity projects develop, and reach success thanks to the crafters involved. The world of crafting is one of the few places where I feel magic in the air.
That doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few rotten eggs around. Yes – as a pattern designer, I’m often battling against stolen photographs, or patterns being distributed illegally. However, that doesn’t ruin the whole community for me. That just encourages me to work harder to reach more wonderful crafters and to keep the love flowing.
I know that the majority of crafters are full of love, light, and honesty. In fact, I’m convinced that the percentage of amazingly wonderful people is higher in the crafting community than nearly any other community in the world (I suppose I’m bias, but I really do believe it….). In fact, I have so much faith in and love for this community that my husband is about to quit his job to join me in the Melody’s Makings’ adventure! I’ve been blessed by wonderful customers, and supporters for so long – I simply can’t believe that could be changing.
Those who do negative things within the community, like sharing paid patterns, making negative comments about other people’s work, or just squashing the love out of crafting are few and far between. There’s a thing called Karma for a reason, and I function with the belief that “what goes around comes around.” It’s not my job to make it come around. It’s my job to focus on and spread the good.
Do you feel like the crafting community is turning into an ugly place? What can you do to help spread the love and light instead of the negativity? Please comment on this post with your thoughts – I love to hear from you!