Crafts + Hobby Art

The Colonies, where a hobby was to be useful

Some art forms are very utilitarian and in the Communal Era, the hobbies of woodworking and knitting were very important.  In a time with no computers, television, or radios these hobbies produced useful items such as mittens, scarves, hats, clocks, and furniture.

All children, girls, and boys, were taught to knit as part of their school curriculum. Women often would knit in the evenings, after supper and church.

It seems that every home in the Colonies has an old workbench in the basement.  It’s here that the gentlemen would often build extra items and gifts for friends and family members.  Many of these items were much more elaborate than what was standard issue for our members.

The crafts and hobbies continue today, past down from generation to generation.   Some of our shops carry these types of items.  Be sure to ask the shopkeepers to point them out.

Listings for Crafts + Hobby Art

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    Michele Maring Miller Art Gallery

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    Fern Hill Gifts and Quilts

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    Colony Carvers

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    Bumble Books

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    Iowa Baseball Museum of Norway

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    Gallery on Main

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    Amana Heritage Society

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    High Amana General Store | 1308 G Street

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    Schanz Furniture and Refinishing

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    Catiri’s Art Oasis

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    AJs Copper Garden

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    Amana Arts Guild

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    Amana Furniture and Clock Shop

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    TKM Theatrical Productions

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    Heritage Designs Quilting and Needlework

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    Troy Thomas Art Gallery

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    Creative Colony

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