What makes a craft appealing

Every craft has its appeal. People regularly make these broad, sweeping statements about their craft that really reflect themselves. I find this annoying.

Statement made: what makes quilting appealing is the mathematical puzzle of putting it together.

Response in my head: Really? What about all those art quilters that are creating a landscape or painting on fabric?  Are they being mathematical?

Answer: obviously not!

What is really being expressed is what they think appeals to them, and maybe the crafters with whom they are most familiar. And since we tend to be most familiar with the things we like, then our attention is disproportionately focused on those like themselves, thus there is a feedback loop that reinforces the generalization. But really this is just an example of sloppy thinking and inadequate research.

I really wish people would take the time to think.

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