This may be a bit of a rantette today, so apologies if it gets a bit that way.
I'm not normally the most tolerant of people at the best of times and I'm getting really sick of the way parts of the crafting world seem to be getting very 'us and them'. In my wanderings around the interwebs, I see forum posts and conversations about craft and whether one craft is better than another, whether levels of craft are better than another or whether 'career' crafters are better than those of us who pursue craft as a hobby.
Let me explain what I mean. I am a 'hobby' crafter. I have a day job that pays the bills and I sell my jewellery to make money to buy more supplies. The idea is that it will be a self-financing hobby although I do tend to have more in the 'outgoings' column than the 'incoming'. I am fully legal - I am registered with HMRC, do my tax returns, have my insurance, meet the Distance Selling Regulations and so on. Some full-time craftspeople don't like people like me, they see us as dilettantes, playing at it, undermining their efforts to make a living, and generally Not A Good Thing. We hobby crafters don't understand business, we set unrealistic prices that undermine career crafters, we don't even try to make a profit, we Just Don't Get It.
Other sections of the crafting community think that only something made entirely from hand can be called handmade; that means no bought-in components, only handmade beads, handmade clasps, everything (Not sure what you would do about wire or thread, but that was the idea anyway). There was a very nasty reorganisation on one of the UK selling websites a couple of years ago when people even had their shops closed because their things were not handmade 'enough'. It pitted sellers against each other and I believe it made some people think that they were better than others.
Don't get me wrong, I don't like the 'lick & stick' type of craft, where someone sticks a self-adhesive butterfly on a bit of card or hangs a charm on a bought-in chain and calls it handmade. But to me, handmade crafts are a very Good Thing. It's special to be able to say 'I did that' - yes, even if it is just stringing some commercially-made beads and a clasp onto a bit of tigertail. It was just a pile of beads and a length of wire, but I thought about it, I decided on a design and I physically made a bracelet from those materials.
I think what I'm trying to say is that nobody has the right to put anyone else down. I sell my work in church halls and school fetes, and I enjoy it. I can't afford the fees for the big marquee-based events, or the big 02 thing coming up later in the year. That doesn't make me or my work any less worthy than that of the people who can afford those things and I'm fed up of being put down by people who think they are a cut above. The craft world doesn't need any Hyacinth Buckets, thank you very much.
Enough rant. Have a guinea pig.