Maybe you have been wanting to work in the field with crafts for a while and would like to branch out into a different type of crafts. Maybe you are considering starting a craft business as extra money or would like to quit your job and work for yourself. To help you out I have made a basic list of different types of crafts.
- Textile Crafts
These include any kind of crafts where you work with fabrics, yarn or surface design. Some examples are knitting, patchwork, applique, weaving and dyeing. Many of them could of course also fall into the decorative craft or fashion categories, since the finished product is sold as a sweater or wall decoration. However, they are technically textile crafts since it all starts with the fabric.
- Paper Crafts
Such crafts include papier mache, calligraphy, and papermaking.
- Decorative Crafts
Furniture manufacturing, stained glass, gilding, wall surface design, and dried flowers fall into the category of decorative crafts. This category also includes toy jack.
Lately, I have seen a trend in combining furniture manufacturing with metals. Arts and crafts and home decorating magazines are featuring a lot of furniture built from wood but with some metal parts.
- Fashion Crafts
This type of handicraft covers all elements of dressing the human body: jewelry, hats, leather goods (shoes, belts, bags) and clothing. This kind of crafts will naturally intersect with other types of crafts, since jewelry can be made by machining and garments are manufactured by sewing – which can be classified as a textile craft.
The other four types of crafts can also be classified as functional. For example, decorative ceramics are made with components that are part of food goals, such as platters or utensils. Many furniture are functional, but can also be very decorative.
Obviously, to attract the widest possible customer base, it’s good to have the functionality built into your art. Often customers who will not shell out big bucks for an original creation just because of its good looks will justify the cost because it can also be used on a day to day basis.